About RIT Libraries

The Wallace Library Collections, Fall 2023

  • over 111,000 print books in Wallace and over 171,000 items in BLG 99 storage
  • over 98,000 electronic journal subscriptions
  • over 300 print journal titles
  • over 42,000 bound journal volumes in our offsite storage and over 11,000 bound journal volumes in Wallace Library.
  • more than 550,000 electronic books
  • 230+ databases

Vision & Mission Statement

RIT Libraries advances knowledge, sparks creativity, and connects communities.

RIT Libraries develops its collections and staff in support of the teaching and research activities of the university through innovative tools, processes, and partnerships for equitable access to information and scholarship.

RIT Libraries Values

We believe all library resources - regardless of technology, format, or methods of delivery - should be readily and equitably accessible to all library users. We strive to make RIT scholarship and creativity available to the widest possible audience.

We invest in sustained and intentional partnerships both within and outside RIT that advance education, research, and creativity.

We actively foster a welcoming environment where people can satisfy their curiosity, connect with others, and pursue their passions.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
We strive to empower full participation in RIT's learning community by maintaining an environment of openness, dignity, and respect for all people and perspectives; building inclusive collections; and cultivating a diverse staff.

Stewardship and Preservation
We thoughtfully curate, manage, and preserve our physical and digital collections for current and future use.

Space Use Policy

Wallace Library welcomes you to a clean, safe environment where everyone can enjoy comfortable seating, study rooms, library resources, and assistance from the library staff!

In order to ensure that Wallace Library is a place for everyone, listed below are the policies for using the various spaces found within the building:  If these policies are not followed, action steps may be taken by the library administration according to RIT’s Code of Ethical Conduct and Compliance and RIT’s Student Conduct Process.

General Policy for Public Spaces

  • Courteous behavior and consideration of others is expected by all who are in the library for any purpose. See RIT’s Code of Ethical Conduct and Compliance.
  • Food and nonalcoholic beverages are allowed in the library except in the Cary Collection and in the RIT Archives. Beverage containers with lids must be used when working on library computer workstations.
  • Tobacco use is prohibited inside and outside the library. RIT policy prohibits the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookah, e-cigarettes, vaping tools, and smokeless tobacco. Please refer to RIT Policy C16.0.
  • Tabling events, the selling of items, campaigning, and proselytizing are not allowed in Wallace Library, unless sponsored by the library administration.
  • Flyers representing activities by official RIT organizations may be posted on the first floor bulletin board inside the front entrance of the library.  Flyers that are approved and stamped by the staff at the first floor Library Services Desk are allowed. Recommended size for flyers is 8.5” x 11”All other flyers found within the building will be removed.
  • The library is not responsible for the loss of any unattended belongings. Lost and found bins are found near Java’s on the first floor. Valuable items such as mobile phones, jewelry, laptops, etc. will be held at the Library Services Desk, first floor until turned over to Public Safety.
  • Service or Assistance Animals are the only animals allowed in the building.  Please refer to RIT Policy C13.0.

Study Rooms

  • All Wallace Library study rooms (individual and group) may be reserved through the Event Management System (EMS) up to four (4) one-hour bookings hours per 24 hours.
  • Study rooms are to be left clean after use. Trash receptacles are available on every floor in the common areas on each floor.
  • All lights must remain turned on in all study rooms.
  • For your safety, do not block the windows or doors in any way, including the placement of rolling whiteboards in front of doors. All doorways must have clear egress for safety and evacuation purposes according to NY State building and safety codes.
  • Study rooms are to be used for studying, phone/video calls, or video conferencing. Use for any other purposes is prohibited.
  • RIT Libraries staff reserve the right to enter any room at any time.

Wallace Conference Room 1470

This conference room may be reserved by RIT faculty and staff when the Wallace Library building is open.  Food and  nonalcoholic  beverages are permitted. Tables and chairs are to be returned to their original layout,  the room is to be left clean, and all trash placed in the receptacles provided. All requests for reservations and any special services , such as catering, FMS assistance, etc., must be made online through RIT's Event Management System (EMS).

Classrooms Used as Meeting Rooms

  • Classrooms on A-level, the 3rd Floor, and the 4th floor of Wallace Library are available for RIT faculty and staff, and approved RIT student organizations, when those rooms are not in use for classes, and when the Wallace Library building is open.
  • An electronic room schedule is located by the door of each classroom and meeting room in the building.
  • All requests for reservations and any special services must be made online  through RIT's Event Management System (EMS).
  • Any special arrangements for RIT-sponsored events outside of regular building hours should be arranged at least one month in advance with the Manager or Assistant Manager of Circulation Services, sending the request to circwml@rit.edu.  Use of the Wallace Library building after hours is dependent on available library staffing for the requested time period.
  •  All rooms should be left in the same condition in which they were found by the floors, and the room furniture set-up returned to its standard format.  Large trash receptacles are available in the common areas on each floor.


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Annual Reports

2021 RIT Libraries Annual Report (PDF)


  • Coronavirus Response: When RIT Libraries' physical location closed during Spring 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, our services and resources remained available and in high demand. Here's how we responded. (Video)
  • 2020 RIT Press Annual Report (PDF)



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