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

Moving to Ritter

The following library services and resources will be available in Ritter Ice Arena beginning in Fall 2021 through the duration of construction on Wallace Library:


Access to Physical Library Resources

The circulating collection will be available to RIT faculty, students, and staff by request throughout the move. Materials will be available for pickup from Wallace Library 1-3 business days after submitting an online request. Interlibrary loan materials will also be available for pickup in Wallace Library throughout the summer. Once the library reopens in Ritter, the collection will be open for browsing and any requested materials will be picked up in Ritter.

You can also book an appointment to use the microfilm reader on the first floor of Wallace Library. All microfilm is now located in Offsite Collections, so please request any microfilm that you need in advance and wait until you receive the notice that it has arrived before booking your appointment.

Reference Service

Subject-specialist librarians will be available virtually for research questions and consultations throughout construction using any of the following methods:


Special Collections

The Cary Graphic Arts Collection (2nd floor) and RIT Archives (3rd floor) will be relocated within Wallace Library to a new, temporary space with proper environmental controls on the west end of the second floor. These collections will be closed for the summer, but we anticipate reopening both departments for scheduled in-person visits and classes later this year. 

Cary Graphic Arts Collection

The Cary Collection will continue to accommodate in-person visits through May 28, 2021, then will be closed May 31 to September 3, 2021 as they relocate. During this time, the following services will be suspended: research visits, in-person classes, reproduction requests, exhibition loans, and in-person tours. Cary staff will do their best to answer reference questions and other queries received via email within three business days.

RIT Archives

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.

RIT Press

RIT Press is closed and can not accommodate walk-in customers at this time. RIT Press staff remain available via email. Orders can be placed online through their website and will ship within 1-3 business days. RIT customers may select in-store pickup as a shipping option and email for interoffice mail delivery at no charge.

Email or submit the online contact form with any questions. 

Other Service Points in Wallace Library

The Writing Commons (1st floor) and Expressive Communication Center (2nd floor) will be relocated to A600 on the A Level of Wallace Library. They will reopen during the Fall 2021 semester.

The RIT ASL and Deaf Studies Community Center (RADSCC) (1st floor) will be relocated to the Student Life Center during construction.

Java’s is closed for the summer and will reopen for the Fall 2021 semester in its current location off of the lobby in Wallace Library.