Welcome to the Rensselaer Libraries! The
librarians and library staff are here to help you with your
research needs. We hope this guide will provide a useful
starting point for access to library information and
Hours of Service
Library hours are
posted on a semester basis. Exceptions to the normal
schedule are always listed. In order to facilitate research
opportunities, Folsom Library is frequently open during
university holidays and vacation breaks. Be sure to check
the posted hours, or
contact the Service Desk (518-276-8310), before coming to
the library during these times.
Borrowing Library Materials
If you have questions about borrowing library materials,
check our borrowing policies
page. It will explain how many items you may check out and
for how long, as well as provide other information on using
You can review your own
library record online to see how many books you have
borrowed and the due dates. You will be prompted to
authenticate using your RCS ID and
You may also borrow books from other area libraries.
Read about the Capital
District Library Council Direct Access program, and
then stop at the Service Desk to get your CDLC DAP
Distance Education and Other Remote Users
If you are a distance education student, an intern, or
on co-op, you may want to check our services for remote users.
Individual and Group Study Rooms
Folsom Library has a limited number of individual
study rooms available for graduate students to use
during periods of library-based research. Please read the
policies and conditions carefully before applying at the
The Library also has a number of
group study rooms for use by small groups that are
available on a daily first-come, first-assigned basis.
Scanning & Photocopy Services
The Libraries offer photocopy services
for both print and microform materials. Photocopy machines
accept coins and bills, but there is no charge for printing
microforms and use of public scanners is also free.
Researchers may also submit requests via the interlibrary
loan system to have library staff retrieve and copy journal
Access to Research Databases and E-journals From
Connect NY is a
combined catalog of cooperating New York State academic
libraries that allows Rensselaer users to borrow materials
from the other Connect NY libraries if the Libraries do not
own the books or if our copies is already checked-out or
otherwise unavailable. To request a book from another
ConnectNY library, you will need your RCS ID and password.
Expect delivery within 2-4 business days. Online Guide: Connect
Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)
- Our Interlibrary Loan Unit will try to obtain published
materials which are not part of Rensselaer Libraries'
collections and not available through Connect NY or the
document delivery services explained above. All requests must
be submitted via the Research Libraries'
Each academic school or department has a librarian or
bibliographer with subject expertise to assist you in your
research. These Subject Librarians
are available to meet with you to discuss your research, to
update you on new library resources, and to notify you of
new library materials. Please feel free to contact these
librarians with your research or instruction needs.
Survival Skills for Graduate Students : (requires Flash
plug-in) "Part of "The Perspectives in Neuroscience Course" at
the University of Western Ontario. In these sessions, examples
are taken primarily from the field of neuroscience. However,
the advice applies to graduate students in most science-related
graduate programs. The six sessions cover:
- giving talks
- attending scientific meetings (including making posters
- writing papers (and a thesis)
- acquiring research skills
- applying for scholarships and grants
- planning and applying for a job"
Student Resources on the Web, from the University of
Michigan. "Welcome to the Graduate Student Resource Page! This
page was designed as a resource for current and future grad
students. If you're thinking about applying to, attending,
finishing, (or quitting) grad school, you may find something of
For more information or help...
For more general information about Rensselaer Libraries,
go to the Library Survival
To ask a question about the library or its resources,
please contact us.