Construction and Renovation
As RIT Libraries staff prepare for the construction of the Student Hall for Exploration and Development (SHED) and associated renovation of Wallace Library, updates on the project and its impact on library services, spaces, and resources will be provided here.
Construction Update: Spring 2023
The Wallace building is nearing completion and we are already preparing for our move back into the building this summer. Wallace will remain closed to patrons this spring and summer as we put on the finishing touches inside the building and transport our collection from the Ritter Ice Arena location. The Cary Graphic Arts Collection and RIT Archives will remain closed until later this summer. We look forward to fully opening and welcoming students, staff, and faculty back to the Wallace building in the fall.
Construction Update: Fall 2022
We are in year two of the library renovation that is part of the SHED Complex construction project, and areas of the Wallace building are beginning to take shape — however, most of the building will remain closed to the public at this time. The Cary Graphic Arts Collection will open on October 16, 2022 to on-site visitors while RIT Archives will remain closed until January 2023.
Open now: Java’s is open for your refreshment needs. The Center for Teaching and Learning in WAL A650, plus The Writing Commons and the Expressive Communication Center, both located in WAL A600, are also open. You can access the A-level of Wallace through the back (south) door, or through the A-level of the College of Liberal Arts. Also, there is an elevator on the first floor of Liberal Arts that will take you to the A-level if you do not wish to use the stairs.
Construction Update: Spring 2022
The first floor of Wallace Library, including the lobby and Java's, is closed. The Cary Graphic Arts Collection and the RIT Archives remain open by appointment only on the second floor of Wallace Library. The Writing Commons, the Expressive Communication Center (ECC), and Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) remain open on the A level. To access the A Level of Wallace Library, use the South entrance or the tunnel from Liberal Arts Hall.
Construction Update: Fall 2021
Wallace Library is under construction. The circulating books. journals, and many public services have relocated to “Wallace on Ice” (Ritter Ice Arena) for the duration of construction. A number of library departments and other academic units remain in the Wallace building:
- The Cary Graphic Arts Collection and the RIT Archives are open by appointment only on the second floor of Wallace Library as of October 25, 2021.
- The Writing Commons and the Expressive Communication Center (ECC) are now located in A600.
- The Innovative Learning Institute (ILI) and Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) remain in their current A-level location. Walk-ins are welcome—please enter at A650.
Construction to Begin Summer 2021
Construction on Wallace Library will begin in Summer 2021 and is expected to last two years. The circulating collection and some public services will be relocated to Ritter Ice Arena for the duration of construction. The Wallace Library building will be closed as of May 17, 2021. We aim to reopen in Ritter for the start of the Fall 2021 semester.
RIT Archives Relocating
RIT Archive Collections will be temporarily relocated for the duration of construction. As of February 1, 2021, the Archives’ location on the third floor of Wallace Library is closed and some services are paused until further notice.
The Archives Reading Room is closed. No appointments are available to access the physical collections as they are being carefully packed and relocated. Archivists will evaluate teaching requests that can be accommodated virtually on a case-by-case basis.
Reference service remains available via email, phone, or chat, but may be limited by what materials are available digitally. Archivists have been making more digital materials accessible publicly on RIT Digital Collections. If you do not find what you are looking for there, contact RIT Archives to ask if it is available digitally in internal files. No new digitization requests will be processed.
Select Library Books Moved to Offsite Collections
Approximately 164,000 books were relocated from Wallace Library to Offsite Collections between late January and early March, 2021. Books in Offsite Collections are available by request within one business day.
October 19, 2021 - Progress Continues on Makerspace and Performing Arts Complex
August 20, 2021 - Wallace on Ice: Books, Bleachers—But No Zamboni
April 30, 2021 - RIT Libraries moves to temporary home in Ritter Arena
April 30, 2021 - RIT’s newest high-tech workspaces and innovative tools to be housed in the SHED
March 1, 2021 - RIT holds student contest to name the Innovative Maker and Learning Complex
January 22, 2021 - RIT Libraries prepares for book relocation as work begins on future creative complex
January 15, 2021 - Creative complex coming to campus in 2023
December 18, 2019 - RIT announces strategic financial planning for several campus projects
November 18, 2019 - New hub will bring magic of Imagine RIT to campus every day