Accessibility at Rutgers Libraries

We are committed to providing access to our resources and services for library users of all abilities.

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

Digital Accessibility

We make every effort to create and acquire online resources and databases in accessible formats. If you need assistance with or have accessibility concerns about any of our digital formats, please contact us:

If you have concerns or questions about our website, contact our web team:

Requesting Alternative Formats

If, due to a print or other disability, you require library materials in a format other than the one we hold, or if you need a particular format of something we don't own, we can arrange for print or text-searchable digital delivery. If you are registered with the Office of Disability Services you'll be able to request an alternative format through the ILLiad request forms. If you have difficulty with the request form, please email the Interlibrary Loan staff or call them at 848-932-8345.

Creating Alternative Formats

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. 

The Rutgers IT Accessibility Initiative provides a number of additional resources to help improve the accessibility of your courses and instructional materials.

Adaptive Technology

The libraries provide Kurzweil reading machines connected to computers so that data can be downloaded, NV Access screen reading software, and CCTV video magnifiers at several library locations:

  • 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)

Physical Accessibility

All libraries are wheelchair accessible. Specific information for our major locations is listed below. Contact us if you have any questions.

New Brunswick/Piscataway

Alexander Library (169 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 restrooms are accessible. There are accessible water fountains, telephones and study carrels.

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 restrooms are located on all levels. The entire building is wheelchair accessible.

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 restrooms 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 restrooms are accessible. 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. Restrooms, water fountains, carrels and study tables are adapted to wheelchair use. Closest accessible parking is available in lot #1.


Dana Library (185 University Avenue/Rutgers University-Newark)
The library has automatic entrance and exit doors. Accessible elevators connect all floors. Restrooms, water fountains, carrels and study tables are adapted for wheelchair specifications. Accessible parking is available near the library entrance on the Plaza off Bleeker Street.

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Smith Library (30 12th Ave, Newark)
Coming soon!