About Us

The Russell Sage College Libraries support the mission of our college, by providing access to research and information resources that are the foundations of scholarship, intellectual growth and artistic development.

Materials in the two libraries serve the programs and majors primarily located on each campus. The combined holdings of both libraries include more than 250,000 volumes of books, serials, and microforms; more than 12,000 media items; as well as access to more than 80,000 electronic periodicals and approximately 150,000 ebooks. In collaboration with faculty, librarians seek to maintain a well-rounded collection of authoritative materials that support Russell Sage’s academic mission.

Each of the libraries’ two locations has work areas that facilitate both quiet study and group collaboration. The Albany campus library was completely renovated in 2009 to create the SCA Learning Center, which integrates Hazel’s Café, SCA Academic Support Services, and SCA Career Planning. The Verschoor Room, located on the second floor, houses a comprehensive collection of art books, and is a popular space for quiet study.

The Troy campus library was renovated in 2013 to create the Shea Learning Center, named after Lucille Rosenfeld Shea, who attended Russell Sage in 1937 and 1938. The Shea Learning Center houses RSC Academic Advising, RSC Academic Support, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Donnelly Center for Undergraduate Research, the IT Help Desk, Sage Online, the Writing Studio and Lucille’s Cafe. The library has a special collection of approximately 9,000 poetry books in the Donahue Poetry Collection, located on the second floor.

Library Circulation/Information Desks in both campus learning centers are staffed over 60 hours per week, providing timely research and technical assistance in-person and via phone, email, and online chat.

The libraries are open to the public until 5:00pm. Certain resources are restricted to the Sage community.

Information about Building Access and Computer Use for Public Patrons is available on our policies page.