Books, Media and More


Finding Print Books in the Rensselaer Libraries’ Catalog

  • Search by Title, Author or Subject
  • Use the filters to limit the Format to "Print Book"

Leisure Reading Collection

  • The Class of ’96 Reading Room, which is located on the main floor of Folsom Library, has a rotating collection of popular fiction and non-fiction books.


Finding eBooks using Quick Search Advanced Search:

  • Enter your search terms (ex. Title, Author or Subject)
  • Scroll down to "Limit your results" section, and select "eBook Only"
  • Press Search

Finding eBooks using Quick Search Basic Search:

  • Enter your search terms in parenthesis "AND PT ebook"
  • ex. (quantum computing) AND PT ebook
  • Press Search

The Libraries subscribe to a number of eBook databases and also purchase titles directly from suppliers. We also belong to the ConnectNY consortium which shares eBooks among its member libraries. View our list of databases that include eBooks.

Generally, electronic books, unlike print titles, are unavailable for interlibrary loan due to the licensing agreements with publishers and vendors of eBooks.

DVDs, Films and Videos

Finding Films and Videos in the Rensselaer Libraries' Catalog:

  • Search by Title, Author or Subject
  • ex. enter the name of an actor, director, screenwriter, or subjects such as experimental films, feature films, or a specific topic
  • Use the filters to limit the Format to "Video"


Finding Music and Musical Scores in the Rensselaer Libraries' Catalog:

  • Search by Title, Composer, Performer, or Genre
  • Use the filters to limit the Format to "Music Recording" or "Musical Score"

Finding Music in the Rensselaer Libraries' Music Databases:

Naxos Music Library contains more than 275,000 tracks of classical music, jazz, world, folk and Chinese music with liner notes and biographical information on composers or artists.

  • Most streamed music that is available through Naxos is listed in the Libraries' catalog, but you may get more results by searching Naxos directly.

DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) provides 10,000 CD quality music tracks, original liner notes and essays from New World Records, CRI, Innova, XI and other post-1950 labels.

  • Streamed music available through DRAM is not listed in the catalog. Search DRAM directly to access these resources.

National Jukebox: The Library of Congress makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

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