With holdings of over four million volumes, the Rutgers University Libraries rank among the nation's top research libraries. Comprised of twenty-six libraries, centers, and reading rooms located on Rutgers' campuses in New Brunswick/Piscataway, Camden, and Rutgers University-Newark, the Libraries provide the resources and services necessary to support the university's mission of teaching, research, and service.
There are two large research libraries on the New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses: the Library of Science and Medicine, which houses the primary collections in behavioral, biological, earth and pharmaceutical sciences, and engineering; and the Archibald S. Alexander Library, which provides extensive humanities and social sciences collections. The Mabel Smith Douglass Library supports undergraduate education and houses the primary collections for women's studies and the performing arts. The Kilmer Library is the primary business library in New Brunswick and provides support for undergraduate instruction. There are also several specialized libraries and collections in the New Brunswick/Piscataway area including Alcohol Studies, Art, Stephen and Lucy Chang Science Library, East Asian, Mathematical Sciences and Physics, Music, and Special Collections and University Archives. The Scholarly Communication Center supports the development and integration of scholarly / scientific / educational information into the mainstream through a wide range of innovative digital services, while the Margery Somers Fosters Center is a resource center and digital archive on women, scholarship, and leadership.
A reading room for graduate students is located in the Alexander Library. In addition to study space, the Graduate Reading Room includes graduate reserve materials, a non-circulating collection of standard works in the social sciences and humanities, and locked carrels for students working on their dissertations.
The John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University-Newark (which also houses the Institute of Jazz Studies) supports all undergraduate and graduate programs offered at Rutgers University-Newark with an emphasis on business, management, and nursing. The Robeson Library houses a broad liberal arts collection, which supports all undergraduate and graduate programs offered on the Camden campus. Law libraries are also located in both Camden and Rutgers University-Newark and have separate policies and online catalogs. The law library at Rutgers University-Newark houses the Don M. Gottfredson Library of Criminal Justice.
The Libraries provide numerous electronic resources to the Rutgers community. Library users can search the through the Libraries' website at http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/. The Library Catalog identifies materials owned by Rutgers libraries located in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick/Piscataway, and contains records for most items acquired since 1972. Students, faculty, and staff can also access a wide variety of electronic indexes and abstracts, full-text electronic journals, research guides, and library services online, both from campus and remotely. The Libraries provide hundreds of CD-ROM titles in addition to online resources.
Rutgers University students, faculty, staff, and alumni are entitled to borrow materials from any of the Rutgers University Libraries. The Rutgers Delivery Service and Interlibrary Loan Service allow library users to request books and journal articles located at distant Rutgers libraries or outside the university. The loan period for faculty, staff, and graduate students is one full semester. All other borrowers, including undergraduate students, may keep materials for twenty-eight days. All materials, regardless of loan period or borrower's privileges, are subject to recall.
Librarians, many with advanced subject expertise, are available at all of the major libraries to assist with research projects, classroom instruction, and research strategies. In addition to individual instruction at the reference desk, librarians also provide in-class teaching at instructors' requests. Librarians are available to help with both online and print-based reference and subject searches.
The Libraries are committed to providing equal access to services and collections for all library patrons. Users with disabilities may request special services through the circulation or reference department in each library.
Library Statistics 2013/2014 (from the Annual Report)
|Total Volumes (print only)||3,968,171|
|Total Volumes (print & electronic)||4,707,309|
|Volumes added, gross||329,304|
|Ask A Librarian & Chat Reference Service||7,710|
|Interlibrary Loan, Borrowed||56,627|
|Interlibrary Loan, Loaned||54,301|
|Rutgers Delivery Service||57,031|
|Library Classes Taught||1,987|
|Number Students Taught||27,667|