Big changes @ Kilmer Library, on Livingston campus
Major changes have arrived on the Livingston campus - an expanded student center, four
new state-of-the-art dorms, a large new dining hall, and more changes underway. The campus' Kilmer Library has
similarly undergone some significant renovations, to better serve the expanding campus.
NEW COMPUTER LAB
Collaborating with the University's Office of Information Technology (OIT), the Rutgers University
Libraries created a large OIT computer lab in the front section of the Kilmer Library. Finished over
spring break in March 2012, the new computer lab offers 45 computers for student use and is situated
close to the Library's reference desk, allowing students easy access to trained librarians who can
offer assistance with online research. The Libraries and OIT invested approximately $200,000 in this
renovation and it has proven to be a sound investment, as the lab has already become a regular hub
of activity in the library.
QUIET STUDY SECTION, 2nd Floor
Students looking for a place to study individually, without the ambiance of the computer lab or the
group study tables on the first floor, can now make use of the dozens of one-person student carrels
that line the periphery of the second floor and are also positioned between book stacks and in the
mid-floor area. Altogether, there are 209 carrels available for use. A mid-afternoon visit to the
library, weeks before spring semester finals, found most of the carrels already occupied.
RECREATIONAL READING COLLECTION
People studying or working at Rutgers enjoy reading for pleasure and the Library has acquired the resources to support this healthy habit. First established one year ago, the Recreational Reading collection has steadily grown and now features over 300 publications by well known authors like Stephen King, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Jodi Picoult, Kristen Hannah, John Grisham, Debbie Macomber, Ken Follet, David Baldacci, Patricia Cromwell, Tom Clancy, Philippa Gregory and more. The collection is located in bookshelves behind the first floor reference desk, allowing a quick review of titles and easy access.
Users can browse the Recreational Reading collection online.
A whimsical sculpture, by a noted artist, now greets visitors as they approach the library. Sitting
in the grassy area near the front entrance, the larger-than-life-sized sculpture of Don Quixote was
a recent generous gift to Rutgers by Katya and Igor Gomberg of Moscow. The sculpture is by well-know
Russian sculptor N.A. Silis and was created in 1997.
NETBOOK LOAN SERVICE
Following the successes of the Libraries' trial Netbook loan service at the Alexander and Art
libraries in the 2010/2011 academic year, the Kilmer implemented the service in fall 2011 and it
soon became a popular offering - in the first 46 days the service was offered, Netbooks were checked
out 245 times, an average of over five (5) per day.
The net effect of all the changes in the Kilmer Library has been a steady growth in use. In April
the library set a new building record, with 56,512 visitors that month - a 33% increase over the
number of visitors in April 2011. The library exceeded 50,000 users in a month three times this past
academic year whereas previously it reached 40,000 users only once in its history (45,186 in October
Rutgers faculty, staff, and students are welcome to visit the library and
experience the different changes for themselves.
Please see library hours and directions.