Carlson Library

Short Description

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.

The Chester F. Carlson Library was built in 1987.  Located within the Computer Studies Building, Carlson Science and Engineering Library includes group study spaces as well as independent study spaces. As part of the River Campus Libraries, it houses 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.

The VISTA Collaboratory is located on the first floor of Carlson Library. Construction of the 1,000-square-foot visualization lab was completed in June 2014. It is equipped with an interactive, tiled-display wall that renders massive data sets in real time, giving faculty researchers the ability to visualize and analyze complex data instantaneously and collaboratively with colleagues and students.

Chester F. Carlson

Chester F. Carlson

"Chester Carlson was a physicist, lawyer, inventor, and humanitarian. He was a generous benefactor of this University . . . he invented an electrostatic printing process called xerography -- a process that not only solved a major problem in office-copying, but radically transformed the entire field of communication." - W. Allen Wallis, President of the University of Rochester (1962-1970)

Mailing Address
160 Trustee Road
Computer Studies Building
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0236
Phone Number
Collaborative Spaces
Lounge Seating
Natural light
Project Rooms
Public Computers
Public Printing
Quiet Study Spaces