Physics-Optics-Astronomy Library


POA whiteboard.jpgStudents' work on one of POA's whiteboards.

Room 374 in Bausch & Lomb Hall, River Campus
Hours (as of July 2016)
Monday - Thursday: 9:00AM to 12:00AM
Friday: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Saturday: 1:00PM to 9:00PM
Sunday: 1:00PM to 12:00AM
585 275 4469
Wheelchair Accessible
Tyler Dzuba, Librarian: <tdzuba AT library DOT rochester DOT edu>
Jeffery Jones, Library Assistant: <jjones AT library DOT rochester DOT edu>

The Physics-Optics-Astronomy Library, or POA, is a library located on the University of Rochester River Campus. Their collection is especially strong in astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter, nuclear and high energy physics, optics and quantum mechanics. They also house a growing History of Optics collection and subscribe to 225 journals, with access to an additional 10,000 electronic journals.


In March 2010 the University of Rochester administration [WWW]proposed to remake most of the POA's space into a state-of-the-art computer lab for engineering students. Although only the portion containing the stacks was under consideration, reaction from students, faculty, and alumni was swift and heated. The POA, they argued, is not only one of the River Campus's most active libraries, but also provides support and camaraderie for students enrolled in some of science's most challenging disciplines. Protests included a Facebook group, numerous fliers, and passionate letters and editorials in the Campus Times (see [WWW]here, [WWW]here, [WWW]here, and [WWW]here). In the face of such strong opposition, the plan was scrapped by May and the POA was saved.

Photo Album

POA coffee.jpgCoffee area POA study.jpgOffices and group study area SAVE!.jpgFlyer from the 2010 controversy.

See also: University of Rochester/Libraries


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