About the Library


Mission Statement:

The purpose of the Ennis and Nancy Ham Library is to support the educational mission of Rochester College by anticipating and meeting the information needs of its students, faculty and staff. The library acquires, organizes and provides access to materials in traditional and emergent formats to encourage research and scholarship in a technological and information-based culture.

Institutional Goals:

  • To select, acquire, and maintain, or provide access to those information sources in all formats necessary to support the instructional and research programs of the College.  Both current and anticipated instructional needs will be considered.
  • To maintain a comfortable place for academic inquiry, discussion, and individual or collaborative study.
  • To recruit, develop, and retain outstanding staff committed to the college’s mission and service culture.
  • To build collaboration with and serve faculty needs.
  • To market the library’s information resources and services to the campus community.
  • To offer access to services and resources that meet the needs of a diverse and changing campus community.
  • To help students develop into information literate and lifelong leaners.

A Brief History:

The current Nancy and Ennis Ham Library came into operation in September of 2002. However, Rochester College has been home to an active library since the completion of the Muirhead Center in 1965. This first incarnation of the library at Rochester College was called the Muirhead Library. The Muirhead Library was located on Rochester College’s main campus in what is today the Muirhead Center building and was then also home to classrooms and student center for campus. Due to the growing needs of the Rochester College community the Nancy and Ennis Ham Library was conceived and brought into being through the hard fought efforts of former Director of Library Services Steven K. Bowers and his staff.

The Ham Library was designed and built with the idea of meeting current institution needs of the RC community. The relocation and rebuilding of the library provided RC with the ability to move into the digital age of librarianship (goodbye card catalog) and add necessary seating, study rooms, and reference area. With the new library in place, Rochester College was in position to strike out in an exciting path into the new millennium.

Today the Ennis and Nancy Ham Library provides access to a wealth of valuable research materials via an extensive article database, a strong collection of books, and a series of regional consortium agreements with other libraries. We also provide conference/study rooms free of charge as well as high speed internet access and comfortable spaces to work and research from.