Greene Building [School of Architecture]

The School of Architecture is located in the Greene Building in the center of campus. Named for Benjamin Franklin Greene, Director of Rensselaer from 1847 to 1859, it has its own library for use by the architecture students. The second floor contains a gallery for students’ work, the third and fourth floors contain multiple studios open 24 hours a day for students and faculty to complete projects. The architecture library contains 30,000 books and 100,000-plus slides. The basement floor houses the fabrication shop. This state-of-the-art shop includes a milling machine, two laser cutters, many wood working machines, and space for students to construct models.

Architecture Library

The Architecture Library’s collection was begun in 1929 and the branch facility established in 1930. It occupies approximately 4700 square feet on the west side of the Greene Building’s third floor. The library contains over 30,000 books and periodicals, both domestic and foreign, as well as a loan collection of over 100,000 slides on contemporary and historical buildings, structural design, building technology, city planning, and fine arts. It also holds a collection of maps and architectural drawings.

The collection is constantly growing to include more digital resources such as on-line image collections and databases and access to full text research tools as well as acquiring architecture-related material in various media formats such as videotapes, DVDs, and CD-ROMs. When researchers need material not held by the Libraries, they can use the ConnectNY service to borrow books directly, and receive rapid delivery, from a statewide consortia holding over 5,000,000 titles. (More information about collections and services can also be found at the Architecture Library’s website: http://library.rpi.edu/architecture or RensSearch, the Rensselaer Libraries’ information gateway at http://library.rpi.edu).

Folsom Library

Folsom Library is a research library located at the center of campus and named after Richard Gilman Folsom, President of the Institute from 1958–1971. The Folsom Library offers a variety of services to students and faculty. In addition to loans, these services include class reserves, general writing and presentation assistance through the Center for Communication Practices, cultural and educational events, inter-library loans through ConnectNY, individual and group room reservations, computer labs, and wireless internet.



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