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Rush Rhees Library

One of the most visible and recognizable buildings on the River Campus at the University of Rochester, Rush Rhees Library was opened in 1930 and is named after the University's third president. 

In addition to its extensive holdings and special collections, it houses the writing, speaking, and argument program and the departmental offices for history, religion and classics, and film and media studies. Also within Rush Rhees are the Gleason Library (open 24/7 when classes are in session); Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation; the Art and Music Library; Business and Government Information Library; Koller-Collins Center for English Studies; Multimedia Center; Newspaper and Microform Center; and Rossell Hope Robbins Library. The Hopeman Carillon, comprising 50 bells imported from Holland, is located in the library tower.

755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626

Place Type

River Campus




Upcoming Events

English Department Talk: Nesrine Chahine

Nesrine Chahine, the University of Pennsylvania visiting professor, Stockton University. "The Flowers of Egypt: E.m, Forster, Naguib Mahfouz, and the Peasant...

Wednesday, January 24 5:00pm
Linguistics Lecture: Sharese King

Regionalizing Race: Exploring Sound Change and Racial Identity Sharese King of Stanford University, a sociolinguist who works on language and identity, will...

Thursday, January 25 12:30pm
Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program Open House

The Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program will hold an open house.Take a tour of the new space and learn about the new Writing Studies Minor and cluster...

Thursday, January 25 4:00pm
Humanities Center Public Lecture: Walid Raad

Walid Raad is an artist and a professor of art in the Cooper Union in New York Raad’s works include The Atlas Group, a fifteen-year project between 1989 and...

Thursday, January 25 5:00pm
Fifth House Residency: The Cultural Chameleon-Finding Uncommon Connections

Learn the secret of how listening and embracing team members from diverse backgrounds fosters stronger teams.

Friday, January 26 2:30pm

Recent Events

(Dis)placement, Memory, and Colonial...

Friday, January 19, 2018

A Ted (and Dennis) Talk

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Exhibition: Work by Amber Odhner

Monday, December 18, 2017

Exhibition: Work by Amber Odhner

Sunday, December 17, 2017

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