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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

Literary Arts Reception

The reception will include food, raffles, and readings. The Literary Arts Programs support a vibrant literary community on campus, promote world literature,...

Thursday, April 26 5:00pm
Writers Lounge

The Writers Lounge is an informal gathering for those interested in creative writing and translation that meets Thursdays from 5-7 pm. Snacks are provided.

Thursday, April 26 5:00pm
Ariella Azoulay: “Imperial Rights and the Origins of Photography”

Keynote Lecture in UBIQUITY: Photography's Multitudes, a two-day symposium at the Humanities Center

Thursday, April 26 5:30pm
Panel Discussion: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Climate Change

Take part in a crucial conversation about the importance of interdisciplinary perspectives on a topic that affects us all —climate change. The conversation...

Thursday, April 26 5:30pm
Ubiquity: Photography's Multitudes — A Symposium

This two-day symposium at the Humanities Center of the University of Rochester aims to address both timely and perennial accounts of the pervasiveness of...

Friday, April 27 9:00am

Recent Events

Plutzik Reading Series: Rodrigo Fresán

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Graduate Writing Boot Camp

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hopeman Sunset Concert

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Graduate Writing Boot Camp

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Recent Activity

Larry Broser

Larry Broser left a positive review Friday, April 13, 2018

It was a great lecture and informative lunchtime session. I felt that Dr DeRosa was very engaging, honest and energizing. I would recommend having her back again!


DORIS AMAN left a positive review Wednesday, April 4, 2018

It was a dark and stormy night, wind howling outside. Inside the dome there was group singing and bell playing "Lift Every Voice and Sing, " "We Shall Overcome," and a song ending with "Let Freedom Ring"


DORIS AMAN left a positive review Thursday, March 29, 2018

Extremely fine performance on the Hopeman Carillon. We hope this performer will return often.


JESSICA GUZMAN-REA posted a photo Thursday, February 8, 2018

Dr. DeGruy's Visit to Rochester Dr. DeGruy's Visit to Rochester


JENNIFER ROACH left a positive review Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A fun way to start the new year!

Rush Rhees Library

Rush Rhees Library posted a photo Tuesday, January 10, 2017