The Architecture Library occupies the west end of
the third floor of the Greene Building. Books, periodicals, slides, photographs,
maps, architectural drawings and other materials relating to the study and practice
of architecture are part of the library's collections. Approximately 30,000
volumes of books and periodicals, both domestic and foreign are available. Most
of the collections are on open-access shelves. Computer based access to the
collections and online resources is available through RensSearch
the Web gateway for Rensselaer Research Libraries.
RensSearch also provides on- and off-campus access to full-text electronic books
and journals, and well over 100 research databases and reference resources.
The Architecture Library contains a loan collection
of approximately 100,000 slides on contemporary and historical buildings,
structural design, building technology, city planning, and fine arts. Over
5,000 of these images have been digitized to date and an additional 3,000
digital images are available online via the library's subscription to the
Saskia Ltd. digital database.
Rensselaer Libraries also subscribe to several licensed image databases such
as the AMICO Library (Art Museum
Image Consortium) and AccuNet/AP (Associated
Press) Photo Archive.
The physical items are housed in the Slide Room
of the Architecture Library. In addition to color and b&w slides there
are also collections of photographs, prints, maps, drawings, and models almost
exclusively on architectural topics.
The Architecture Library maintains a collection of
videotapes, CD-ROMs, and other software on art and architectural topics. The
collection includes reference materials, indexes, and lectures by faculty and
The microform collection is located in the
Slide Room of the Architecture Library. The microfiche collection includes
architectural surveys such as the Historic American Buildings Survey,
The Historic American Engineering Survey, and the Armenian Architecture
Archives. The microfilm collection contains lectures on art and architectural
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