Suffragist's Descendant Explores Collection; RCL Video Tour
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Voices from the Past
RCL Observes Banned Books Week
Art in the Libraries

Upgrades to the Messinger Periodical Reading Room
Video Tour: RCL Past, Present, and Future

Voices from the Past

Mona Jimenez never met her great-grandmother, Rachel Foster Avery, but after poring over the River Campus Libraries’ collection of Avery’s letters this summer, she feels closely connected to her renowned relative. Avery was considered Susan B. Anthony’s “most cherished young lieutenant” in the suffrage movement. More than 300 of her autographed and typed letters, family correspondence, photographs, and signed cabinet cards are housed in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation in Rush Rhees Library. Jimenez, an associate arts professor and associate director of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program at New York University, read about the materials in the New York Times and traveled to Rochester to immerse herself in the collection. Read more.
RCL Observes Banned Books Week

LolitaTo Kill a MockingbirdThe Great Gatsby. These books and many others are, or at one time were, banned or challenged in libraries, schools, and bookstores across the globe. In 1982, the American Library Association launched Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and express ideas. In honor of this year’s Banned Books Week (September 27-October 3), the River Campus Libraries is hosting a Read Out on Thursday, October 1 from 3-4 p.m. in the Q&i area of Rush Rhees Library. University leadership, faculty, staff, and students will read short passages from their favorite banned or challenged books. Read more.
Art in the Libraries
When walking into any of the libraries, you may not expect to see displays of artwork. However, with a closer look, you’ll find that art is everywhere. The work of talented University of Rochester students, faculty, staff, and alumni add color and vibrancy to the libraries’ walls. The River Campus Libraries formed an art committee in February with the goal of creating and improving gallery spaces in Rush Rhees, Carlson, and the Physics-Optics-Astronomy Libraries. Committee members include faculty and staff from the RCL and the Department of Art and Art History who plan and install rotating exhibitions of artwork produced on campus.
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Upgrades to the Messinger Periodical Reading Room
A popular student study space in Rush Rhees Library has undergone major upgrades. The Martin E. Messinger Periodical Reading Room reopened this month after new windows and blinds were installed. Visitors will also notice the refinished floors, improved table lighting, and a new door leading to the balcony—a beloved space on sunny days. The most significant change is invisible: for the first time in 85 years, the room is air-conditioned. The work was completed by River Campus Facilities and University Properties; Campus Planning, Design, and Construction Management; and the River Campus Libraries' building management team. The room is named for Martin E. Messinger ‘49, a University Life Trustee whose gift in 1998 allowed for the room's first complete renovation. Read more.
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Video Tour: RCL Past, Present, and Future
The library is often considered the heart of a university, and the River Campus Libraries is no exception. While steeped in history, the libraries are dedicated to transforming 21st-century learning and research at the University. A new video created by the Office of Admissions explores the RCL's past, present, and vision for the future. Watch the video.
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