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RU Libraries welcome former UMDNJ libraries into the Rutgers system

June 27, 2013
George F. Smith Library
Kerry O'Rourke, director of the Robert Wood Johnson Library of the Health Sciences in New Brunswick, assists a user at the library

George F. Smith Library (top)

As part of the integration of UMDNJ into Rutgers University, the Rutgers University Libraries are pleased to welcome two well-established libraries serving medical, dental, nursing, and other health care students into the Rutgers system – the George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences in Newark and the Robert Wood Johnson Library of the Health Sciences in New Brunswick. The integration also brings the Special Collections in the History of Medicine and University Archives of the former UMDNJ, the HealthyNJ website, and the Virtual Library for Distance Learning into the Rutgers University Library system.

Newly integrated services include an integrated library catalog, document delivery services, and website (libraries.rutgers.edu) Interlibrary loan services will continue to be served by operations based on specific campuses and expand the wealth of resources available across the entire university library system.

Due to the unique needs of medical, dental, and nursing students and health care professionals, the Rutgers University Libraries’ website will now feature a customized portal to provide ease of access to health sciences resources. The Libraries website also offers a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) page that addresses many common concerns about the integration of the two universities. The health sciences libraries specialize in evidence-based resources, many of which are available on hand-held devices used at the point-of-care, contributing to excellence in patient care.

The integration of the health sciences libraries and their services into the Rutgers University Libraries system offers many benefits for constituents of the two formerly distinct schools.

Medical, dental, nursing, and other health care faculty, staff and students now have access to the broad interdisciplinary resources of the Rutgers University Libraries. They may also consult with Rutgers University librarians with expertise in research data management, copyright, government documents, psychology, pharmaceutical sciences, and other subjects.     

Rutgers community members will have online access, after January 1st, to the full breadth of clinical and basic sciences resources acquired by the health sciences libraries. As of July 1st, Rutgers faculty, staff, and students will have full on-site access (in the Smith Library and Robert Wood Johnson Medical Library) to the physical collections of the health sciences libraries, the online clinical resources, and study spaces in the libraries. Experienced health sciences librarians are available for classroom visits and consultations.

The impressive suite of clinical resources in the health sciences libraries enables any Rutgers community member who reads or hears about a recently-published medical study, which may have an impact on their research or their health care decisions, to quickly locate and retrieve that study.  

Rutgers community members may find the HealthyNJ website (healthynj.org), created by health sciences libraries, of particular interest. Sections on the website address health and wellness concerns such as diet , exercise, children’s health, and seniors’ health; diseases and conditions such as cancer, diabetes, pediatric and geriatric matters; a ‘Just for Kids’ area with homework and science information, topics for teens, a list of indoor and outdoor recreational attractions in New Jersey; and links for state, county, and federal government agencies, health statistics, reference resources, healthcare providers, healthcare facilities, and more.

For answers to specific questions about the integration of the health sciences libraries into the Rutgers University Libraries, please contact our Ask A Librarian service via the online form. The Ask a Librarian service strives to address most inquiries within 24-48 hours.