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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

Sawyer Seminar Opening Reception

Details for this event will be made available once we are aware of the COVID-19 guidelines for Fall events!

Thursday, September 9 4:00pm
Sawyer Seminar Lecture:  Rethinking the American Immigration Narrative

Former UN High Commissioner for Refugees T. Alex Aleinikoff will be talking about immigration and asylum policies today. The idea of the United States as a...

Thursday, September 23 5:00pm
Sawyer Seminar Lecture: Daniel Mendelsohn

Author, classicist, and translator Daniel Mendelsohn will talk about refugee scholars and writers who have adapted the Odyssey in their work.

Thursday, October 14 5:00pm
Sawyer Seminar: Changing Realities Along the Mexico-U.S. Border

The lecture will describe the dramatic changes in the number, origin, and characteristics of migrants arriving at the Mexico-US Border over the past two...

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 5:00pm

Recent Events

Recent Activity

Natasa Cyrus

Natasa Cyrus left a positive review Monday, November 9, 2020

I must say that Mizin Shin is one of the best Professor in the Department of Art wants to say a big thanks..!

Marissa Adams

Marissa Adams left a positive review Tuesday, February 27, 2018

I know my review is coming very late, but I didn't know you could review these events until now. I remember this workshop. It was very fun and informative and I really hope it takes place again because I learned a lot from it.


DORIS AMAN posted a photo Monday, March 2, 2020


BRIAN PIPER left a positive review Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Fantastic presentation followed by an insightful conversation. Katherine is incredibly knowledgeable on a wide variety of topics including technology, literature, philosophy and data science. Her unique perspective gives rise to a variety of new ideas and considerations about both our consciousness and machine awareness.


DEBORAH PULLEY left a positive review Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Ms. Tyson was great! I so enjoyed hearing from her. The food and drinks were very nice and much appreciated. The lighting was horrible. Ms. Tyson was backlit and stood in silhouette for her entire presentation. It was impossible to see her face. Very frustrating for audience unable to see the speaker. Turn on the lights. No reason for event to be in subtle lighting. Ridiculous.

Yi Yang

Yi Yang left a positive review Sunday, October 27, 2019

I like the critical perspectives she shared


KATRINA VAN BORTEL-BUCKLEY left a positive review Sunday, October 27, 2019

I appreciated this event.

Yi Yang

Yi Yang left a positive review Sunday, October 13, 2019

It is so inspiring, and i hope the talk could be longer!


SCOTT FEARING left a positive review Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Despite a few "tech" issues, (Elmwood Ave construction and the Alert system test) it was great. Fascinating conversation, sadly, I didn't know there would be a reception after, so I had booked something else, so I had to leave. Wish I had known about the reception in advance.


JIAHANG WU left a positive review Thursday, August 22, 2019

Great collection!