Books, Media and More


Search the Rensselaer Libraries’ Catalog to find print books in the collection.

New Items / Leisure Reading

  • New Items - Semimonthly lists of newly cataloged books, videos and sound recordings.
  • 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.


To search our collection of eBooks, use the Quick Search Advanced Search option and limit your Material Type to eBook Only.

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

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.

DVDs, Films and Videos

Browse DVDs: Animations | Art & Music | Documentaries | Movies

Finding Films and Videos in the Rensselaer Libraries' Catalog:

  • Search by Title, Author (enter the name of an actor, director, screenwriter, etc.), or Subject (ex. experimental films, feature films, or specific topic).
  • Pre-select "Video Collections" from the "View all Collections" drop-down.
  • In the Advanced Keyword Search, limit Material Type to "Videos", or enter "DVD" or "VHS" in a second dropdown for Subject.


Here are some tips for finding music in the Rensselaer Libraries' Catalog:

If you know the title, composer, or performer, search in Advanced Keyword, selecting either Title or Author (for composer or performer) in the first drop-down box, then choose a format:

  • CD - in a second drop-down box, select Subject using the term “CD.”
  • LP (vinyl) - in the Location box, select "Folsom Phonorecord".
  • Score - in the Location box, select "Folsom Music Score".
  • Streamed - in the Material Type box, select "ESOUND".

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

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


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.

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.

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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