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More hours, no bag checks, & name badges in NB Libraries

While you were away for winter break, the Libraries were anything but idle. We've made a number of significant changes to better serve you.

More study time and space available

We are pleased to announce an extended hours pilot project at Alexander and the Library of Science and Medicine (LSM).

  • Alexander and LSM will open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays beginning Spring Semester, 2006. This is good news for early bird library users who will gain additional access to two of the largest Rutgers research collections and library facilities. Circulation services will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Alexander and 9:00 a.m. at LSM.
  • In addition, Alexander's Undergraduate Reading Room will remain open from midnight to 4:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, during the spring academic semester. Circulation services and access to the general collections at Alexander will close as usual at midnight. Approximately 125 study spaces will then be available in the Undergraduate Reading Room until 4:00 a.m.

Students studying late at Alexander Library may wish to use Knight Mover Shuttles after the security shuttles and campus buses have stopped running. To request transportation, call (732) 932-RIDE (7433) during academic and exam period hours: Sunday through Wednesday from 2:00 a.m. to 6:45 a.m., Thursday 3:00 a.m. to 6:45 a.m., and Fridays and Saturdays 3:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

The Libraries will assess the use and impact of extended weekend and late night hours to help plan future use of the facilities. A complete schedule of Rutgers libraries hours is available on the Libraries' webpage: http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/h_and_d/h_and_d.shtml

Bag checks at welcome and guard desks only if alarm sounds

Starting spring semester 2006, staff at the welcome desk at Douglass Library and the guard desk at Alexander Library will stop conducting routine bag searches as users exit the building. Library users will be asked to present book bags, backpacks, or briefcases for inspection only if the security alarm is activated.

The Rutgers University Police Department's Security Operations is scheduling security audits of all library facilities in New Brunswick/Piscataway during the spring semester, 2006. New or additional security measures may be implemented as a result of the audits.

Access services staff now easily identified

Access services staff at all the New Brunswick/Piscataway area libraries will begin to wear identification tags beginning January 17, 2006. Look for the Rutgers University Libraries logo and "Access Services Staff," "Library Staff," or "Student Assistant" on tags identifying staff at circulation desks and in public areas. Then ask your questions. We've made ourselves more visible so you can identify the names, and job responsibilities, of the people who work here to support your research.

Please send any questions, comments, or compliments on these changes to Judy Gardner, Head, University Libraries Access and Interlibrary Services, at jgardner@rci.rutgers.edu.



Posted January 17, 2006