During Summer 2019, RIT Libraries will begin moving select titles from Wallace Library to Library Offsite Collections in order to meet the need for more work and study space.

Phase 1

RIT Libraries will move many of the bound periodicals (journals and magazines) from the 2nd floor of Wallace Library to Library Offsite Collections. The moving process will begin May 13, 2019 and is anticipated to take 10-12 business days.

Librarians have carefully examined the holdings of bound periodicals and selected some to stay in Wallace Library based on the following criteria: 

  • Current issues of journals and magazines
  • Journals and magazines that we continue to receive and retain in print
  • Journals and magazines that are heavily browsed for class assignments
  • Oversize journals and magazines

The RIT Libraries Catalog and Summon will both reflect the updated location of these titles after the move. Articles from any periodical in remote storage can be requested via IDS Express. Library staff will scan the materials and send them to requesters within one business day. If an entire volume is needed for research or multiple volumes are needed for a class assignment, faculty can work with their college librarian to arrange access in Wallace Library.

Phase 2

About half of the book collection on the 4th floor of Wallace Library will move down to the 2nd floor, including Oversize/Huge books, Portfolios, and books in the call number range A-HD31. This is expected to begin in June 2019. The space vacated by these books on the 4th floor will be converted to temporary faculty offices for the start of the Fall 2019 semester. Study rooms located on the 4th floor will remain available for student use. Additional study space will be accommodated on the 3rd floor during Phase 3 of this project.

Phase 3

Select books currently housed on the 3rd and 4th floors of Wallace Library will be moved to Offsite Collections. Beginning in August 2019, subject librarians will determine which titles will be moved and which will remain in Wallace Library based on usage, course assignments, accreditation needs, and recommendations. The timeframe for the move of selected books to Offsite Collections for Phase 3 is yet to be determined.

Project Status

UPDATE: July 30, 2019

Phase 2: The Oversize/Huge books, Portfolios, and books A – E185.99 have moved from the 4th floor down to the 2nd floor. Books E186 – M remain on the North end of the 4th floor. Temporary faculty offices are in place on the South end of the 4th floor. All study rooms on the 4th floor remain available for student use, reservable through EMS. Building signs and maps have been updated to reflect these changes.

UPDATE: June 13, 2019

Phases 1-2: All identified bound periodicals have been moved from the 2nd floor of Wallace Library to Offsite Collections. The bound periodicals remaining in Wallace Library are consolidated on the 2nd floor, and some books currently located on the 4th floor beginning at call number A will be moved into the open shelving on the 2nd floor. Books remaining on the 4th floor are being consolidated toward the north end of the building.

UPDATE: May 21, 2019

Phase 1: Approximately one-third of the identified bound periodicals have been moved from the 2nd floor of Wallace Library to Offsite Collections. The move is expected to continue for another 5-7 business days.