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Welcome to the River Campus Libraries

 

Dean's Message

 

 

 

Mary Ann Mavrinac

 

Whether you are entering the University as a first-year student, exploring a fresh research possibility, or delving further into a familiar subject area, the River Campus Libraries is dedicated to enhancing your scholarly experience at the University of Rochester. Our specialized libraries collectively hold 3.5 million volumes, as well as extensive collections of electronic journals, online databases, and rare and unique materials. I invite you to explore our website to learn about our vast holdings, resources, and services.


This is an exciting time for libraries, as information and users move further into the digital realm. The River Campus Libraries is transforming into a collaborative hub of innovation to meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities of the 21st century. We are reimagining our services, collections strategy, and physical and virtual spaces to anticipate your needs. The "Questions & information," or Q&i, service points are your one-stop-shop for assistance with reference and circulation questions. Our librarians are experts in a variety of subject areas and are available to provide research support in-person, in your classroom, or virtually. We also offer workshops to help you navigate databases, online resources, and our collections many of which are offered digitally. 

 

We are reinventing our physical spaces to become technology-rich, collaborative environments that will put you at the cutting edge of research. In Carlson Library, researchers can visualize their data in the VISTA Collaboratory, a state-of-the-art laboratory with an interactive display wall connected to the University's supercomputer cluster. The Digital Humanities Center in Rush Rhees Library provides support for born digital scholarship and web-based scholarly initiatives. Here, students, faculty, and library staff collaborate on a variety of projects that often incorporate our world-renowned rare books and special collections.

 

The libraries are among the most popular places to study on campus. Students seek out iconic spaces such as the Messinger Periodical Reading Room, the Great Hall, and the Welles-Brown Room in Rush Rhees when in need of solitude and reflection. Gleason Library, a flexible study space in Rush Rhees, is ideal for students working on group projects. You will also find students tucked away in the stacks as they explore our print collections. The materials, which date from 1850, are carefully selected and managed to support the teaching and research needs of our faculty and students.

 

Former University president Alan Valentine said, "A university library is - or should be - the geographic

and spiritual heart of the cultural life of a university." The River Campus Libraries is no exception. We believe in the University's motto, "Meliora," and look forward to collaborating with you to make your Rochester experience "ever better."

 

 

Mary Ann Mavrinac

Vice Provost and Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean

River Campus Libraries


Code of Conduct
Use of the Libraries by anyone is a privilege, not a right. Any use of the Libraries is conditioned upon the user not interfering with the use, study and research of other Library users or the work of Library staff. Library staff may prohibit and/or limit acts that interfere with the basic purposes, necessities, or processes of the Libraries, or with the rights of its users and employees. The Libraries have the right to impose penalties, including fines and loss of all access and use of the libraries, against anyone who has exhibited behavior inconsistent with the mission, purpose, and rules of the Libraries.

 

Circulation Privileges

Borrowing privileges are granted to individuals with RRLC Access cards.  Please inquire at the Rush Rhees Q&i Desk for details.

 

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan services are limited to current University of Rochester students, faculty, and staff.

 

Electronic Resources

Many library resources are available in electronic format. These databases are licensed for the use of University of Rochester students, faculty and staff. Use of selected resources by guests is permitted, but if guests use electronic databases, please respect our need to give University of Rochester students the highest priority of access on our public computers.

 

Public Use of Computers

Computers, printers and related equipment for word processing, multimedia development, web browsing, and other personal computing tasks are available only to University of Rochester students, faculty and staff.  As a designated Federal Depository Library, visiting researchers needing online Federal government resources may also make use of the computers

 

Pre-college Students

Elementary school students, junior high, and high school students accompanied by an adult may use our collections if they are working on a special project for which the public library and their school library have proved insufficient.

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