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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

Exhibition: To Reach Our Farthest Star: Leading the University of Rochester, 1850-2019

In his 1963 inaugural address, President W. Allen Wallis noted that if the University of Rochester did not already have a fine motto in Meliora, it might...

Friday, February 21 8:00am
'Granularities:' Work by Colleen Buzzard

Frontispace is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by Colleen Buzzard, Granularities. For Colleen, drawn lines map terrain, both physical and mental. A...

Friday, February 21 9:00am
Mediterranean Seminar Winter 2020 Workshop: Emotions, Passions, and Feelings

The Mediterranean Seminar brings together advanced graduate students, as well as junior and senior faculty in order to workshop works in progress and debate...

Friday, February 21 9:30am
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

Are you a student who is interested in the world of research? Would you like to have a better grasp on how it’s done or what’s possible? If you’re starting...

Friday, February 21 11:00am
Digital Portfolios: Session 1

This is part one of a three-part workshop that will walk you through the process of creating a digital portfolio -- from the initial planning stage to...

Friday, February 21 12:00pm

Recent Events

'Granularities:' Work by Colleen Buzzard

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Rosenberger Work-in-Progress Seminar

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

'Granularities:' Work by Colleen Buzzard

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Recent Activity


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!


DANIEL GORMAN left a positive review Thursday, May 2, 2019

Excellent conversation summing up the year's programming.


KRISTIN HOCKER left a positive review Wednesday, April 17, 2019

This was a wonderful discussion.


DANIEL GORMAN left a positive review Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Fabulous conversation.