Logging in at Rutgers Libraries
The Libraries offer several different services that require a login. Most of the services use your Rutgers NetID/password but some of them also allow Library Barcode/PIN. Login credentials do not usually carry over from one service to another, so you may find that you have to re-enter your credentials several times.
The services that require login are:
Please note that access to the website, the Library catalog, RUcore and many other services do not require any login at all.
Remote Access Login
The Libraries obtain many indexes, databases, electronic journals, electronic reserves, and other full-text resources through commercial licensing agreements that restrict access to current students, faculty, and staff and all onsite users. Onsite users may gain access at one of the Rutgers branch libraries, but only current students, faculty and staff of the university may connect from remote locations.
To access these restricted resources from off campus, you must identify yourself as a Rutgers user clicking on the LOGIN link on our website and logging in with your Rutgers NetID/password or Library Barcode/PIN. Once you identify yourself as an authorized Rutgers' user, you will be able to use most of the Libraries' restricted resources from off-campus. To logout, just close your browser.
If you have arrived at this page via a search engine, you may find How do I connect from off-campus to be of more use.
Special Classes of Users
Some classes of users are not eligible for or cannot use a Rutger NetID to gain access to restricted resources and must use a Library Barcode/PIN. The user groups that fit into this category are:
Frequently Asked Questions
I tried to login with my NetID, but it's just giving me some sort of message about cookies.
You see this message when your browser is set not to accept cookies.
In order for the remote access service server to keep track of users that have already logged in, it will send a cookie to your browser that you will need to accept. This is a session based cookie only and does not in any way store any information about sites you have visited.
If you have disabled cookies on your browser, you will need to change this setting in order to login.
I logged in with my NetID, but when I use my bookmark to go to ScienceDirect it won't let me look at any articles.
By using a bookmark that you set up before you started using the NetID login, even though you're still logged in you've become "disassociated" from the proxy server.
By "disassociated" we mean that at some point during yoru browsing session, after properly logging in, your location/URL "lost" the proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu part of the URL. When you login, your (anonymous) requests go through a re-writing proxy server (proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu), that is able to present RU credentials to vendors, so that you, a member of RU, can gain access.
Doing any of the following during a session can cause the proxy server to assume that you're no longer connected:
To reconnect to the proxy server, just go back to a Rutgers Libraries page and click on the yellow LOGIN link. This should immediately change to LOGGED IN . Then select ScienceDirect (or any other resource that you're trying to access) directly from a Libraries' web page.
Once you've connected from the Libraries' page, you can bookmark the new 'proxied' address.
As long as "proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu" appears before the first single slash in a web address, you are logged in and are being recognized as an authorized Rutgers user.
I have my browser configured to connect with my Library Barcode, but I've forgotten my Password.
Your Password is your library PIN: A four-digit personal identification number issued by the Libraries. If you do not have or have forgotten your PIN, go to, or call, the Circulation Desk of any Rutgers Library, or else fill out Library PIN/Registration form.
I'm trying to login with my Rutgers Libraries Barcode and PIN, but they're not being recognized.
There may be a number of reasons why your Barcode/PIN are not being recognized.
If your barcode and/or PIN were only issued today, they are not yet available for remote access. Newly-issued barcodes/PINs will not be recognized by the proxy server until the following day. They will however, work immediately in your Library Catalog "MY ACCOUNT". Try the numbers there to make sure that you're using the correct numbers.
If there are alpha characters in your password, they must be capitalized even if they were originally entered as lowercase.
I'm trying to use one of your online indexes, and it keeps asking me for a user name and password. Nothing I've tried works; what password am I supposed to be using?
If you are being asked for this information at the point at which you are trying to connect to an index or an electronic journal, you are not logged in to access Rutgers-restricted resources remotely.
I've been using library databases remotely all semester, but tonight when I try to connect to PsycINFO I'm being asked for an ID and Password.
If you are able to access other restricted Rutgers Libraries resources but are being asked to login when you try to connect to a specific database such as PsycINFO or Factiva, most likely you are trying to use that database at a time when the number of simultaneous users that Rutgers has contracted for has already been reached.
In which case all you need to do is to try again a little later.
I live right on campus and my dorm is wired so I can connect to the Rutgers network. But when I tried to use some electronic journals today it wouldn't let me in. What's the problem?
Unfortunately, due to the way the local networks were set up there are sometimes connectivity problems to library resources for students living in the Rutgers apartments.
If you have followed the instructions at the Rutgers Residential Networking site and properly registered your on-campus computer, and find that you are not able to access certain library resources, please write to Ask a Librarian and tell us which specific title you were unable to access and where you were trying to access it from.
Until the problem is resolved, you should still be able to access restricted library resources by logging in with your Rutgers NetID.
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Last updated May 16, 2012; May 22, 2012; May 25, 2012