Spaces

Rush Rhees Library

Designed to serve as a centerpiece of the River Campus when it was dedicated in 1930, Rush Rhees Library is now home to the Art and Music Library, the Barbara J. Burger iZone, the Janis and James S. Gleason Library, the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, and the Rossell Hope Robbins Library and Koller-Collins Center for English Studies, and the University Archives.

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Carlson Library

Carlson Science and Engineering Library

Carlson Library provides collections specific to biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, computer science, earth and environmental sciences, electrical and computer engineering, mathematical sciences, and mechanical engineering. It is also home to the VISTA Collaboratory, a state-of-the-art data visualization lab on the library’s first floor.

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Art & Music Library

Located in Rush Rhees, Ground floor

Home to various collections on the visual arts, art theory, architecture, photography, and music, the library offers individuals and small groups several features that aid scholarship and foster curiosity. These features include two viewing rooms with large flat screen monitors, comfortable seating, fold-away tables, whiteboards, media players, gaming systems, 3D blu-ray, and more.

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Friedlander Lobby

Roger B. Friedlander Lobby

Located in Rush Rhees, 1st floor

The Friedlander Lobby is the first space you walk into when entering Rush Rhees Library from the Eastman Quadrangle. It contains eight vertical cases that are used for exhibits and digital screens that offer visitors library news and wayfinding help. 

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Gleason Library

Janis and James S. Gleason Library

Located in Rush Rhees, 1st floor

The Gleason Library provides individual and collaborative study options, including dedicated quiet spaces. As the only space on the River Campus open 24 hours a day, the space is used to do course work, hold meetings, and to rest and socialize before, between, and after classes.

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Great Hall

Located in Rush Rhees, 2nd floor

In addition to offering a quiet place to study and exhibition space, the Great Hall serves as a hub. In the Great Hall you will find entrances to the Humanities Center; Digital Scholarship Lab; Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation; and the Office of the University Libraries Dean. You will also find stairwells that will lead you to the third floor, where you will find library staff offices and offices for the history department.

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Hawkins-Carlson Room

Located in Rush Rhees, 1st floor

Accessible from the Roger B. Friedlander Lobby, across from the Welles-Brown Room, the Hawkins-Carlson Room is used to host visiting speakers, special gatherings, and important meetings. 

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iZone

The Barbara J. Burger iZone

Located in Rush Rhees, Ground floor

A creative problem-solving space that is also a program and community, iZone is designed to empower students to explore and imagine ideas for social, cultural, community, and economic impact. iZone offers amphitheater presentation space, collaborative workspaces, consultation and team rooms, exhibition areas, and computer workstations.

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Lam Square

Evans Lam Square

Located in Rush Rhees, 1st floor

Based on the concept of a town square, Lam Square serves as a communal space for users to do research, collaborate on projects, explore new technology, and unwind. Users can choose from a variety of tables and seating options, including study booths and lounge chairs. Lam Square also serves as a venue for events and a home to the Q&i service desk, which provides patrons with support for reserves, circulation, and basic research. 

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Messinger Graduate Study Rooms

Martin E. Messinger Graduate Study Rooms

Located in Rush Rhees, 2nd floor

Designed specifically to meet the needs of Rochester’s graduate students, the two study rooms offer exclusive and quiet retreat spaces. The entrances to these rooms can be found at either end of the Messinger Periodical Reading Room.

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Periodical Reading Room

Martin E. Messinger Periodical Reading Room

Located in Rush Rhees, 2nd floor

Designed specifically to meet the needs of Rochester’s graduate students, the two study rooms offer exclusive and quiet retreat spaces. The entrances to these rooms can be found at either end of the Messinger Periodical Reading Room.

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POA Library

Physics Optics & Astronomy Library

Located in Bausch & Lomb, 3rd floor

The Physics-Optics-Astronomy Library (POA) supports the instructional and research needs of students and faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute of Optics. While it is open to the public every day and most evenings during the academic year, declared departmental majors, graduate students, and the faculty enjoy 24/7 access.

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Robbins Library

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

Located in Rush Rhees, 4th floor

The Robbins Library is a non-circulating medieval studies library that contains comprehensive holdings across medieval history, literature, art, and culture.

The Robbins Library is also home to the Koller-Collins Center for English Studies, also a non-circulating reference collection for literary study, digital humanities, and critical theory. 

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Special Collections

Rare Books, Special Collections & Preservation

Located in Rush Rhees, 2nd floor

Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation (RBSCP) holds the University’s unique, rare, and most important materials and collections. It is also the home to the University Archives. The department features regularly rotating exhibits and hosts classes, workshops, and lectures throughout the year, some of which take place in the Hyam Plutzik Library for Contemporary Writing, Jacob Robert Cominsky Reading Room, and the William Henry Seward Room.

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Welles-Brown Room

Located in Rush Rhees, 1st floor

 Accessible from the Roger B. Friedlander Lobby, across from the Hawkins-Carlson Room, the Welles-Brown Room is used to host visiting speakers, receptions, and social events. 

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