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 SCA Albany Learning Center, located in the center of the Sage College of Albany campus on New Scotland Road, houses the campus library and various other academic support services. The building was renovated in 2009 and includes Hazel’s Café as well as multiple computers, both PCs and Macs in group settings and quiet study areas. Library services include reference and collection assistance. An especially strong art collection is housed in the Verschoor Room on the second floor of the building.
Opening its doors in August 2013, the Shea Learning Center is the centerpiece of the Russell Sage College campus. Funded by a generous bequest from Lucile Rosenfeld Shea, who attended Russell Sage in 1937 and 1938, the complete renovation of the James Wheelock Clark Library transformed the historic building into a cutting edge learning center — a hub of academic research, instruction, and collaboration for the entire Sage community.
Dedication Ceremony Image Gallery
The creation of the Shea Learning Center was made possible by a bequest of more than $11 million from Lucile Rosenfeld Shea. As a lifelong lover of books, Shea dedicated her bequest to the Troy Campus Library. Shea attended Russell Sage in 1937 and 1938, had donated modestly to the college during her lifetime, and did not reveal the details of her bequest before her death. The library had been identified as a priority need for capital improvements in anticipation of a centennial campaign for Sage’s 100th anniversary in 2016. In addition to the building renovation, the bequest funds educational programs, lecture series, media and software, professional development and continuing education and special collections. The bequest was announced in April 2012, library renovations began in January 2013, and the Shea Learning Center re-opened in August 2013.
The intent of the renovation was to integrate multiple services under one roof making the new center a single destination for students to receive assistance from Reference Librarians, the IT Help Desk, and tutoring from Academic Support.
The comfortable, flexible study space and the latest technology supports individual study, group collaboration, and preparation for presentations. The Center for Teaching and Learning provides faculty with resources and space for professional development, sharing of ideas and enhancing teaching practice.
Recognizing that valuable educational experiences can happen outside the classroom, the Shea Learning Center is also a vibrant social space that inspires and welcomes Sage community members to gather in the café over a cup of coffee, read the newspaper, or attend lectures and workshops in the building.
“This bequest will transform the ‘intellectual heart of campus’ to benefit today’s students and further Sage’s efforts to look and be its best as we culminate its first century in a few years.”
President Susan C. Scrimshaw, Ph.D.