Persons with Disabilities / Building Accessibility


In addition to services such as document delivery or interlibrary loan, we can:

  • retrieve materials from the stacks
  • physically assist with searching the Libraries' online catalog, related databases, and manual files and assist with using microform and audiovisual equipment
  • provide reference or other assistance by appointment
  • help with on-site photocopying or scanning
  • modify reserve loan periods

For questions about more specific services at a particular library, contact us and we'll put you in touch with someone who can help.

For information about non-library services, call the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities at your college of enrollment or affiliation.

Technology and Adaptive Equipment

The Libraries are continuing to acquire adaptive technology for patron use. The equipment is purchased with the understanding that it can be moved from library to library as user needs dictate and as feasible.

Kurzweil reading machines (connected to computers so that data can be downloaded), NV Access screen reading software, and CCTV video magnifiers are available at:

  • Alexander (College Ave)
  • Carr (Livingston)
  • Dana (Newark) (Kurzweil and NV Access only)
  • Douglass (Douglass) (CCTV magnifier only)
  • Library of Science and Medicine (Busch)
  • Robeson Library (Camden) (Kurzweil and NV Access only)

Sensus Access alternative media made easy

Rutgers subscribes to SensusAccess, a document conversion utility that helps you create accessible documents. Access the tool directly (you'll need a Rutgers email address to sign in), watch this video to learn more, or visit OIT's tutorial for more help. 

Building Accessibility

All libraries are wheelchair accessible. Information on the best path to each library is available by calling the individual library directly.

There are computers available in all the libraries and campus computing facilities, as well as remote access via your own computer connected to the University's network.

Alexander Library (69 College Avenue/College Avenue Campus)
The front of the building has an inclined entrance with automatic doors. Elevators, with accessible controls and Braille markings, connect all floors. There is designated parking in the nearby parking deck, in the parking lot on the Huntington Street side of the building, and a handicapped parking meter on College Avenue at the main entrance. All rest rooms are accessible. There are accessible water fountains, telephones and study carrels. The copy center has an adapted photocopier.

Carr Library (75 Avenue E/Livingston Campus)
The main entrance has a ramp and automatic doors. Designated parking is available. Elevators connect all floors but assistance is needed to work the controls. Accessible rest rooms are located on all levels. The entire building is wheelchair accessible.

Dana Library (185 University Avenue/Rutgers University-Newark)
The library has automatic entrance and exit doors. Elevators, with selectors at wheelchair height and marked in Braille, connect all floors. Rest rooms, water fountains, carrels and study tables, one photocopier, and lab computers are adapted for wheelchair specifications. Accessible parking is available near the library entrance on the Plaza off Bleeker Street.

Douglass Library (8 Chapel Drive/Douglass-Cook Campus)
There is a wheelchair accessible ramp at the rear of the building and button at the door to ring for staff assistance. There is designated parking in the rear parking lot. There is elevator access to all floors. Accessible water fountains and rest rooms are located on the main level and rest rooms on the ravine level.

Library of Science and Medicine (165 Bevier Road/Busch Campus)
The library has automatic outside doors. An outside ramp and rail lead from the parking lot, which has designated parking. First floor rest rooms have outside push plate door openers and adapted facilities. Telephones on the first floor are installed at wheelchair height. There are study desks designed for wheelchair access. Accessible parking spaces are located in lot #58 closest to the library entrance.

Robeson Library (5th and Penn Sts./Camden Campus)
The main entrance has a ramp with automatic doors. Elevators provide access to all floors. Rest rooms, water fountains, telephones, carrels and study tables are adapted to wheelchair use. Closest accessible parking is available in lot #1.

Accessibility Coordinators

Library of Science and Medicine
Coordinator: Holly Muller - 848-445-3523
Access Services: 848-445-3854

Mabel Smith Douglass Library
Coordinator: Chiaki Mills - 848-932-5014
Access Services: 848-932-9411

James Dickson Carr Library
Coordinator: Joseph Asaro - 848-445-3167
Access Services: 848-445-3613

Paul Robeson Library
Coordinator: Regina Koury - 856-225-2828
Access Services: 856-225-2848

John Cotton Dana Library
Coordinator: Mark Papianni - 973-353-1478
Access Services: 973-353-5161