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:

  • The circulating collection from Wallace Library, including books, journals, current magazines, and course reserves
  • A fully staffed Circulation Desk, including book pickup and interlibrary loan services
  • A library instruction space
  • Public computers with a Print and Copy Station
  • A variety of seating and study areas


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.

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. The Cary Collection will continue to accommodate in-person visits through May 28, 2021.

Beginning June 1, 2021 until further notice, both departments will only be available virtually for reference questions and consultations. Teaching requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. We anticipate reopening both departments for scheduled in-person visits and classes later this year.

RIT Press

RIT Press will remain available by appointment only in their current location on the second floor of Wallace Library. Request an appointment by emailing or submitting the online contact form

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.

A temporary location for the RIT ASL and Deaf Studies Community Center (RADSCC) (1st floor) during construction is to be announced.

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