As RIT Libraries staff prepare for the construction of the Innovative Maker and Learning Complex (IMLC) and associated renovation of Wallace Library, updates on the project and its impact on library services, spaces, and resources will be provided here.

Library books taped off for relocating

Select Library Books Moved to Offsite Collections

Approximately 164,000 books were relocated from Wallace Library to Offsite Collections between late January and early March, 2021. Books in Offsite Collections are available by request within one business day.

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Entrance to RIT Archives

RIT Archives Relocating

RIT Archive Collections will be temporarily relocated for the duration of construction. As of February 1, 2021, the Archives’ location on the third floor of Wallace Library is closed and some services are paused until further notice.

The Archives Reading Room is closed. No appointments are available to access the physical collections as they are being carefully packed and relocated. Archivists will evaluate teaching requests that can be accommodated virtually on a case-by-case basis.

Reference service remains available via email, phone, or chat, but may be limited by what materials are available digitally. Archivists have been making more digital materials accessible publicly on RIT Digital Collections. If you do not find what you are looking for there, contact RIT Archives to ask if it is available digitally in internal files. No new digitization requests will be processed.

Exterior of Wallace Library before IMLC construction

Construction to Begin Summer 2021

Construction on Wallace Library is anticipated to begin in the Summer of 2021. Both the Cary Graphic Arts Collection and RIT Archives will be temporarily relocated during construction, and they are scheduled to move mid-Summer 2021. Beginning March 15, the Cary Collection is temporarily suspending reproduction requests, exhibition loans, and in-person tours. They will still welcome research visits by appointment, reference questions via email, and online class visits and research consultations via Zoom. More details to come.


March 1, 2021 - RIT holds student contest to name the Innovative Maker and Learning Complex

January 22, 2021 - RIT Libraries prepares for book relocation as work begins on future creative complex

January 15, 2021 - Creative complex coming to campus in 2023

December 18, 2019 - RIT announces strategic financial planning for several campus projects

November 18, 2019 - New hub will bring magic of Imagine RIT to campus every day