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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

History Department Workshop

This month’s presenter is to be determined. For more information and a copy of the paper to be presented, please visit...

Friday, April 3 12:45pm
Tinkerspace: Intro to GIMP

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to create, edit, and enhance images (and more) with the free and open-source image editor GNE Image...

Friday, April 3 2:00pm
Plutzik Reading Series: Catherine Lacey

This event has been canceled. It will be rescheduled at a future date. Catherine Lacey is the author of four works of fiction: Nobody Is Ever Missing, The...

Monday, April 6 5:00pm
Managing Your Sources

During this interactive session, you will learn strategies for tackling challenges related to locating and managing sources. Learn about the features of...

Tuesday, April 7 4:00pm
Neilly Author Series: Emily Bernard

As a graduate student, Emily Bernard was the victim of a random stabbing in a New Haven café. In this powerful lecture, she shares the story of her journey...

Thursday, April 9 6:00pm

Recent Events

Canceled: Census Day

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Victorian Reading Group

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Managing Your Process

Monday, March 30, 2020

Canceled: History Department Workshop

Friday, March 27, 2020

Recent Activity


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 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 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!


CATHERINE TSCHANZ posted a photo Thursday, March 28, 2019

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