About the Libraries: User Services:
Rutgers University, founded in 1766, is the eighth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. As Rutgers has evolved into a major research university, the library system has also grown into one of the top academic research libraries in the country. Expanding from one library to twenty-six separate libraries, centers and reading rooms located on three campuses, and RU-Online, a digital library, the Rutgers University Libraries serve over two million users each year onsite and many more digitally.
The resources of the Rutgers University Libraries are available to visitors to the university campuses located in Camden, New Brunswick/Piscataway, and Newark. Any person may visit the libraries and use, onsite, materials that are needed to fill their information needs. Advance arrangements may be necessary for the use of materials in the Special Collections and University Archives and Library Annex. Access to and services offered by the law libraries may differ from those detailed here.
Visitors may use the Library Catalog and other online catalogs and databases at public access computers, CD-ROM stations, microforms, government documents, and collections on-site.
Reference librarians are available at all the major libraries to provide assistance with research needs that may not have been fulfilled at your local library. Reference desk hours are not the same as Library Hours so see the Rutgers University Libraries' website under Hours and Directions for Service Desk Hours. Non-affiliated users may also submit reference questions concerning the university, the collections, resources, and services of the Libraries, or relating to New Jersey in some way to the "Ask a Librarian" service.
Public photocopiers and networked printing equipment are located in each of the major libraries. Imaging centers, located in the Alexander Library and the Library of Science and Medicine, provide additional services for a fee. Visit an Imaging center for a brochure describing services and charges or see the Imaging Services web page.
While the primary purpose of the Libraries is to support the instructional and research needs of the students, faculty, and staff of the university, guest borrowing privileges are extended to Rutgers alumni, individuals with community borrower cards, and faculty from other higher education institutions where there are reciprocal borrowing agreements in place. If you are not a member of one of these categories, you may borrow materials from the Rutgers University Libraries through your local library's interlibrary borrowing service. Individuals who cannot satisfy their information requirements through their local public library, organizational library, or interlibrary loan may purchase guest borrowing privileges by submitting an application form and $100 annual fee. See the Alumni and Community Guest Borrowing Privileges web page for a description of guest borrowing privileges.
Alexander Library, the Library of Science and Medicine, Paul Robeson Library (Camden), and Dana Library (Newark) are depositories for U.S. government publications. In general, the Alexander Library collects federal documents that relate to the humanities and social sciences, while federal documents at the Library of Science and Medicine are scientific or technical in nature. Five libraries at Rutgers– Alexander, Dana, the Library of Science and Medicine, Robeson, and the Newark Law Library– are also depositories of New Jersey state publications. As federal and state depositories, each of these libraries assumes a responsibility to make the government information they have on-site available to the public.
Since 1989, the Library of Science and Medicine (LSM) has been a depository library for United States patents and trademarks. LSM has a complete collection of United States utility, design and plant patents (USAPAT), patent applications (USAAPP), and United States trademarks (USAMARK) on DVD-ROM. The collection is accessible on a computer workstation (CASSIS2) provided by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the LSM reference area. See the library's subject research guide on patents and trademarks for further information.
Hours and Directions
Library hours change during the academic year, depending on whether or not classes are in session. . Special Collections and University Archives hours vary from Alexander Library hours. Check hours posted online or in the libraries for exceptions and changes. Maps and directions to the Camden, New Brunswick/Piscataway, and Newark campuses and to individual libraries are available at the Rutgers University Libraries website under Hours and Directions.
Library Catalog and Databases
The Library Catalog identifies most of the materials acquired by the libraries since 1975, as well as older materials that have circulated since 1984. The Library Catalog also indicates materials charged out, on reserve, or in Reference. The Library Catalog does not include the holdings of the Rutgers University law libraries in Camden and Newark.
The Library Catalog is available at public access computers located in all libraries/ The Library Catalog is also accessible remotely to any member of the public with access to the Internet. No login or password is required. See the How do I connect from off-campus? page for additional information. Licensing agreements between the Rutgers University Libraries and the proprietors of certain databases limit off-site access to current Rutgers students, faculty, and staff.
Libraries and Collections at Rutgers
Read about the Rutgers libraries and their collections at the Rutgers University Libraries website under Libraries and Centers.
Some services such as interlibrary loan, book and article delivery from the Rutgers collections, and remote access to certain database are available only to current Rutgers students, faculty and staff.
Users with Disabilities
The Libraries are committed to providing equal access to services and collections for all library patrons. Special services may be arranged through the circulation or reference department in each library. For additional information see the Services for Persons With Disabilities web page.
Last updated September 21, 2007