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As RIT Libraries staff prepare for the construction of the Student Hall for Exploration and Development (SHED) and associated renovation of Wallace Library, updates on the project and its impact on library services, spaces, and resources will be provided here.

Steel structure of the SHED going up next to Wallace Library

Construction Update: Spring 2022

The first floor of Wallace Library, including the lobby and Java's, is closed. The Cary Graphic Arts Collection and the RIT Archives remain open by appointment only on the second floor of Wallace Library. The Writing Commons, the Expressive Communication Center (ECC), and Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) remain open on the A level. To access the A Level of Wallace Library, use the South entrance or the tunnel from Liberal Arts Hall.

Overhead view of Wallace on Ice, RIT Libraries' temporary location in Ritter Ice Arena

Construction Update: Fall 2021

Wallace Library is under construction. The circulating books. journals, and many public services have relocated to “Wallace on Ice” (Ritter Ice Arena) for the duration of construction. A number of library departments and other academic units remain in the Wallace building:

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Exterior of Wallace Library before IMLC construction

Construction to Begin Summer 2021

Construction on Wallace Library will begin in Summer 2021 and is expected to last two years. The circulating collection and some public services will be relocated to Ritter Ice Arena for the duration of construction. The Wallace Library building will be closed as of May 17, 2021. We aim to reopen in Ritter for the start of the Fall 2021 semester.

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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.

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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October 19, 2021 - Progress Continues on Makerspace and Performing Arts Complex

August 20, 2021 - Wallace on Ice: Books, Bleachers—But No Zamboni

April 30, 2021 - RIT Libraries moves to temporary home in Ritter Arena

April 30, 2021 - RIT’s newest high-tech workspaces and innovative tools to be housed in the SHED

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