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Libraries Cut Public Use of SS #'s in IRIS

The Rutgers University Libraries will eliminate the use of student social security numbers in all publicly accessible functions of IRIS as of July1st. This move follows the report of the university's Ad hoc Committee on Student ID, which encouraged major units to enhance student privacy and security by reducing the use of student identification numbers that mirror social security numbers.

In the new approach, Rutgers borrowers can only access their SELF SERVICES files ("Your Library Record," "Renew Your Checkouts," and "Change Your PIN") by using their library barcode and PIN. Students, faculty, and staff requesting delivery of Rutgers materials (REQUEST THIS ITEM) or interlibrary loan materials (INTERLIBRARY LOAN) must also use their barcode and PIN.

Current Rutgers students, faculty, and staff can register their barcode (the 14-digit number beginning with '29030' or '25414' found on the back of Rutgers ID or RUconnection cards) and obtain their PIN (a four-digit personal identification number issued by the Libraries) by stopping at or calling and speaking to someone at a Rutgers Library Circulation Desk (phone numbers can be found at Or, they can submit a request to a team of Rutgers Libraries staff by filling out the Registering with the Rutgers Libraries form at Registration confirmation and a PIN will be emailed within 48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays.

If you have any questions about the elimination of public access through student and university identification numbers in IRIS, please write to Ask a Librarian at

Posted June 21, 2002