POA Library

Short Description

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.

The POA Library is especially strong in astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter, nuclear and high energy physics, optics, and quantum mechanics. The library also subscribes to a number of print journals and provides access to more than 10,000 electronic journals.

The History of Optics collection is composed of important first-edition, rare, and historical print materials on optics-related milestones, research, and researchers at UR.

In addition to its collections, POA regularly curates exhibits that highlight the unique history of the Physics-Optics-Astronomy Library and the disciplines it serves.

POA Library has eight public workstations connected to a print release station that includes black and white/color printing, scanning, and photocopying services.


Bausch & Lomb
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374 Bausch & Lomb Hall
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0171
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Collaborative Spaces
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