Rensselaer Libraries


Posted: May 24, 2012

The Rensselaer Libraries offer a variety of services to you as an employee of a company located in Rensselaer Technology Park or Emerging Ventures Ecosystem (EVE) in the Rice Building. If you have questions that are not answered here, please use the Contact Us link.

The Folsom and Architecture Libraries are open to members of the Rensselaer community and the general public, however the doors to Folsom are always locked. Those with a current Rensselaer ID can use it to electronically unlock the doors while others can use the intercom and request access (A photo ID may be requested. The Greene building, which houses the Architecture Library, is locked and closed to the general public evenings and weekends.

For information about access for people with disabilities, go to our Users With Disabilities page.

Book Loans
Rensselaer Affiliates are permitted to borrow books and other items under the same rules as Rensselaer faculty and students. For detailed information about Borrowing Privileges, see our Who Can Borrow What for How Long policy.

InterLibrary Loan
The Libraries' Interlibrary Loan service allows you to request books and other documents that are not available from our library. Journal articles that can be delivered electronically are often free, but you will be charged for books or other items that have to be shipped. To register for this service, use the following link, ILLiad and select "New User."

Electronic Resources
Our electronic resource subscription licenses restrict access to current Rensselaer students, staff, faculty and researchers. Others, including Affiliates and the general public, are permitted to use online databases, electronic journals, and other resources on computers located on the main floor of the library, by requesting login by a staff member. Our electronic resource contracts generally state they cannot be used for commercial purposes. Violation of this rule may lead to loss of library privileges.

Campus wireless service is restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff of Rensselaer.

Requesting Articles
For a fee, in addition to other related costs, the Libraries will mail or fax copies of materials from its collections. Use the ILLiad interlibrary loan system to request these materials.

General informational questions about the Rensselaer Libraries may be sent to Library Support at any time. You can also post questions to our Ask a Librarian service. Remember to indicate your Rensselaer affiliation. Online documentation about various library topics is also available in RensSearch, the Libraries' home page.

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