ⓘ Wallace Building Under Construction

The library’s circulating books, journals, and many of its services are now located in the Ritter Ice Arena. More information.

Orientation to RIT Libraries & Business Resources: Faculty

Last Updated: Mar 8, 2022 2:53 PM

Welcome to RIT Spring 2022!

Hello all and welcome to RIT!

Library Card and Online Access

Your RIT ID card is your library card for checking out print materials. Your RIT username (first part of your email address) and password are your credentials to access our online subscription databases and ebooks. All of the library electronic resources can be accessed on or off campus.

Overview and Current Building Status

Like all universities RIT has a library with lots of information resources. You happen to be starting here at a time when our library's physical presence is transforming. There is a huge construction project happening. Next door to the library The SHED is being built and there is some significant splash over onto to both the library and the SAU. 

The Wallace Library building is closed until the construction is completed. In the meantime part of the circulating collection, public computers with printing, course print reserves, book and interlibrary loan pick up and a circulation desk are being set up in the Ritter Ice Arena. A large portion of the print collection is in off-site storage. This is a common practice in modern academic libraries. To search our print and e-book collection go to our online catalog. If the book is in storage you can request it for pickup using this process. Want a book added to the collection? Email me at jlfwml@rit.edu

Information Resources/Databases

We make available to current RIT students, faculty and staff a robust electronic collection. This includes e-books, business databases, article databases and discovery tools. Every library varies in the resources they purchase and lease. Our business collection is shaped by questions asked, assignments in classes, and degrees offered along with available budget. We adopted e-books very early and try to buy business books in electronic format over print format. The library subscribes to Summon as its discovery layer. To browse all of the library business databases visit our DB Finder business listings. To browse all of the databases visit here.

Journals/Newspapers/Trade Publications

To find which periodicals we have in full text go to our A-Z Journal List. Search for the name of the periodical and the record will show the database it is in and the date range we have. If no record appears try also searching by ISSN to double check. If no record shows that means we do not have full text access as a subscription or in any of our leased databases. For articles in periodicals we do not have access to use our Information Delivery Service which is the name of our interlibrary loan service.

Interlibrary Loan aka IDS

Our interlibrary loan service is branded as IDS or Information Delivery Service. More information here.


I am available to visit your class in-person, via Zoom or a recorded session to conduct a library instruction session. At RIT there are no required library classes. Most students get a formal introduction to library databases, search strategy and information literacy basics when the librarians are invited into classes. I shape class visits around the specific class assignment needs. Just email me to talk about your project and we can set up a date for a library instruction session. If you want a recorded session please allow a minimum of three weeks for delivery. 


The RIT Library has a print reserve process available. If you would like a print book placed on reserve the process is here. If you have an electronic item you would like to share with students in your class, you can link to it directly in your myCourses shell. This short video introduces the general idea of using Persistent Links. When these are available you will want to use these to make sure you are linking to an authorized copy of an item and so students can access the item from off-campus. I can help with this process as it varies from database to database.


The library does not proactively add course textbooks to our collection but professors can request that we buy one copy of a textbook and have it placed on print reserves. Keep in mind this is a shared copy, must be used in the building, will not include electronic supplements and will not be replaced if damaged or goes missing. If you are using a non-textbook book as a course reading we may have it in one of our e-book databases. Most but not all e-books are cataloged in our catalog. For example our new O'Reilly for Higher Education e-book database is not yet catalogued.


I am available for consultations via Zoom. To set up an appointment just email me to find a mutual day and time to meet. Also note that the button at the top right opens my contact info and a chat box. If I am on chat the box will say Chat With Jennifer.

Citation Managers

Access to cloud based versions of Endnote, NoodleTools and Refworks is available through them library. Access Refworks via Summon. Access Endnote via the Endnote InfoGuide.Access NoodleTools via NoodleTools InfoGuide. The library does not purchase or offer training on citation management software. Ask in your college if they purchase citation management software for your use. The library does not recommend searching databases through citation management software due to the lack of sophisticated search options and access issues.


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Use of RIT resources is reserved for current RIT students, faculty and staff for academic and teaching purposes only.
Please contact your librarian with any questions.

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