Computers, Printers and Scanners


All of the computers in both the Folsom and Architecture Libraries, which run on the Windows operating system, include basic software such as Microsoft Office. Photoshop and Acrobat Pro are also available on the computers which are attached to the Library scanners.

All Library computers are configured to access the various printers which are located throughout the Libraries.

For those patrons who prefer to use their laptops, WiFi is available in both the Folsom and Architecture Libraries.

Guests who are visiting the Rensselaer campus may inquire at the Library Service Desks to be logged in to one of the public computers. However, access to Library computers by members of the Rensselaer community takes precedence over access by the general public. Library staff may require individuals not affiliated with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to substantiate an appropriate research purpose in order to use library computers, scanners, and copying equipment.

In addition, Library guests should note that licensing agreements restrict some resources to current members of the Rensselaer community, and these resources will not be accessible to campus guests. Similarly, campus guests do not have access to WiFi or printing privileges, so they must save documents to a flash drive, or send documents to themselves via an internet email client.

It is important to note that all Library computers are provided in support of Rensselaer's educational and research missions, and therefore the use of this equipment for any other purposes is not permitted. All Library users are expected to adhere to Rensselaer's Cyber Citizenship Policy .


Current Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff, have access to printing when logged on to a Library workstation. Library guests do not have printing privileges so they must save documents to a flash drive or email the documents to themselves.

Rensselaer users need to install the appropriate print driver(s) in order to access and print to a campus network printer from their own computers.

Locations, names, and formats of the Libraries’ public printers:

Folsom Library

  • li1f1lw - B&W, 8.5”x 11” paper - First floor
  • li2f1lw - B&W, 8.5”x 11” paper - Second floor
  • li2f2p3 - Color, 8.5”x 11” paper - Second floor
  • li3f1lw - B&W, 8.5”x 11” paper - Third floor
  • li4f1lw - B&W, 8.5”x 11” paper - Fourth floor
  • li4f2mfp - B&W, 8.5"x 11", 8.5"x 14",11"x 17" - Fourth Floor

Architecture Library

  • gr306lw - B&W, 8.5"x11" paper
  • gr306cl - Color, 8.5"x11" paper, one- or two-sided
  • gr306cb - Color, 11"x17" paper, one- or two-sided
  • gr306cbg - Color, glossy 11"x17" paper


A Knowledge Imaging Center (KIC) scanner is available at the northwest end of the second/main floor of the Folsom Library, adjacent to the DVD area. This is a high-resolution, large-format (18"x 24.4") scanning kiosk with touchscreen operation, and is capable of 24-bit color, bi-tonal and gray-scale output. Users can store their scans to a flash drive or email them from the kiosk. Patrons scanning bound volumes, such as books and journals, from the Libraries' collections must use the KIC scanner.

Public flat-bed scanners are available in the Folsom and Architecture Libraries. In Folsom Library, scanners are located near the center stairs on the first, third, and fourth floors; in the Architecture Library, scanners are connected to the public computers. These flat-bed scanners are intended for use with flat documents only. 

Photoshop and Acrobat Professional are installed on the computers that are connected to all Library scanners. Trays for slide-scanning are available at the Service Desks in both Libraries.

Microform reader

A microform reader, which can also be used to scan slides, is available on the first floor of Folsom Library, near the main stairwell.

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