Use the Libraries

Borrowing

Members of the Rensselaer community can borrow up to 75 items using their RCS ID and keep the items for 16 weeks, unless they are recalled for another user.

ConnectNY 

Connect NY materials may be borrowed free-of-charge for a 42-day loan period. These materials may be subject to early recall, but renewals are available upon approval from the lending library.

 

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Document Delivery

Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff can use ILLiad, the Libraries' Interlibrary Loan Service, to borrow materials from other libraries that are not readily available in the Rensselaer Libraries. Additionally, Public Services staff will retrieve and scan in-house copies of journal articles or conference papers for Rensselaer-affiliated users who submit their requests through ILLiad.

Meeting and Study Spaces

The Folsom Library offers open seating for more than 500 people at tables and study carrels, as well as various group study and meeting room facilities. Some study rooms can be reserved online, using Folsom Room Bookings (RCS id required).

Computers, Printers and Scanners

Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff have access to computers, printers and scanners. At the start of each fall and spring semester, each user receives a free allocation of $12.50 for black-and-white printing. Please refer to the Printing Charges and Refunds page for complete pricing information.

Connecting from Off-Campus

Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff are generally able to access most library services and materials using their RCS ID and password. Please contact the Libraries with any login or password problems.

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