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Rush Rhees Library

Designed to serve as a centerpiece of the River Campus when it was dedicated in 1930, Rush Rhees Library retains its classical ambiance and its miles of bookshelves. Its many carvings, inscriptions, and stately interiors are a true scholar’s delight.

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Exterior view of Carlson Library

Carlson Library

Carlson Science and Engineering Library

As part of the River Campus Libraries, the Carlson Science and Engineering Library  provides the Science and Engineering collections specific to Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science, Mathematical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering of the University of Rochester.

To reserve a room, visit our online reservation page here.

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View of Art and Music Library

Art & Music Library

Located in Rush Rhees, Ground floor

Art/Music Library is home to various collections on the visual arts, art theory, architecture, photography and music.

Two viewing rooms with large flat screen monitors, comfortable seating, fold-away tables, whiteboards, media players, gaming systems, 3D Blu-ray, surround sound; perfect for collaborative study or viewing class assignments

To reserve a room, visit our online reservation page here.

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Gleason Library

Janis and James S. Gleason Library

Located in Rush Rhees, 1st floor

A learning center with quiet, collaborative and individual study options, Gleason Library is popular student gathering area. Large windows provide lots of light for studying, working on projects, and socializing.  This space remains open 24 hours during the semester.

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Rush Rhees Great Hall

Great Hall

Located in Rush Rhees, 2nd floor

The Great Hall, a quiet place for study, contains many portraits, including Rush Rhees and George Eastman as well as exhibits relating to the University's history.

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Hawkins Carlson Room

Located in Rush Rhees, 1st floor

The Hawkins-Carlson Room, one of the loveliest in the building, is used for visiting speakers, special gatherings and important meetings.  It is named for Chester Carlson, the inventor of Xerography.

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iZone

The Barbara J. Burger iZone

Located in Rush Rhees, Ground floor

Rush Rhees Library is the perfect place to house the Barbara J. Burger iZone. The 12,000 sq. ft. space is named after Barbara J. Burger ’83, an alumna and trustee of the University of Rochester, whose lifelong passion for libraries and innovation inspired her to support the construction of iZone.

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Lam Square

Evans Lam Square

Located in Rush Rhees, 1st floor

Based on the idea of a "town" square, it allows a space for many activities (study, meet up, events) as well is serving as the home for Q&i service point.

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Interior view of the Messinger Periodical Room, Rush Rhees Library 2014

Periodical Reading Room

Martin E. Messinger Periodical Reading Room

Located in Rush Rhees, 2nd floor

From its inception in 1930, this room has always been the main reading room of the Rush Rhees Library and a favorite for student study. This is a beautiful space with all wood floors, and classic, majestic styling, down to the carvings in the walls. 

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Messinger Graduate Study Rooms

Martin E. Messinger Graduate Study Rooms

Located in Rush Rhees, 2nd floor

Located off either end of the Messinger Periodical Reading Room, these beautiful rooms have been designed to meet the specific needs of our graduate students.

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POA Library

Physics Optics & Astronomy Library

Located in Bausch & Lomb, 3rd floor

The Physics-Optics-Astronomy Library (POA), part of the River Campus Libraries, supports the instructional and research needs of students and faculty in the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Institute of Optics. Open to the public every day and most evenings during the academic year, declared departmental majors, grad students, and faculty enjoy 24/7 library access.

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Koller Collins Center for English Studies

Robbins Library

The Rossell Hope Robbins Library & Koller-Collins Center for English Studies

Located in Rush Rhees, 4th floor

The Rossell Hope Robbins Library is a non-circulating medieval studies library at the University of Rochester. The Library contains comprehensive holdings across medieval history, literature, art, and culture, with particular strength in the British Isles.

The Robbins Library is also home to the Koller-Collins Center for English Studies, a reference collection for literary study.

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Letter in one of our collections in RBSCP

Special Collections

Rare Books, Special Collections & Preservation

Located in Rush Rhees, 2nd floor

Our Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation is located on the 2nd floor of Rush Rhees Library, and is open to all. The department contains many unique treasures and important collections, with a particular focus on the Rochester area, including the Louise Slaughter Congressional Collection, the Lewis Henry Morgan Papers, papers of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, and the Kodak collection. It is also the home of the University Archives. The Department features a regularly-rotating exhibits, and hosts numerous classes, workshops, and lectures throughout the year.

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Welles Brown Room

Located in Rush Rhees, 1st floor

 In addition to providing the comfortable club like atmosphere for study, the Welles-Brown Room is a favorite for visiting speakers, receptions and social events. 

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