Alumni, Guests, Visitors

Using the Libraries

Any visitor to a Rutgers University Library has access to on-site use of most library materials. Dana and Smith libraries (Newark) and Robeson (Camden) require photo ID for building entry. All libraries are restricted to Rutgers students/faculty/staff between 10pm and 8am, and some libraries restrict access during exam periods. 

Access to electronic resources (subscription databases)

Although alumni/guests/visitors don't have off-campus access to licensed electronic resources, these can be accessed from Rutgers library computers. Anyone can register to use guest computers for a limited amount of time per day. Just bring a photo ID to any Rutgers library circulation or reference desk.

Obtaining Borrowing Privileges

Who can register as a guest borrower?

  • Rugers alumni
  • Senior auditors
  • Community borrowers ($100 annual fee)

Visiting scholars/faculty and students, faculty emeriti, and RBHS volunteer faculty have the same privileges as regular Rutgers students, faculty and staff. 

Guest borrowers are eligible for:

  • Book borrowing (up to 25 items)
  • Book delivery (between Rutgers libraries)

Guest borrowers are not eligible for: 

  • Access to electronic resources from off-campus
  • Interlibrary Loan and Article Delivery services
  • Media borrowing
  • Placing recalls

    Registration process

    When you register as a guest, you'll receive a borrower's card with an expiration date and a barcode/password. You can use these credentials to log into QuickSearch and manage your library account.

    Alumni can bring their Rutgers Alumni Card (visit to any Rutgers library circulation desk. If you graduated less than a year ago and don't have an alumni card yet, a photo ID is sufficient. 

    Community borrowers need to submit an application form [PDF] and $100 annual fee at Alexander Library or by mail to:

    Community Borrower Program
    New Brunswick Libraries Administration
    Alexander Library
    169 College Avenue
    New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1163

    For more information details, call: 848-932-7129

    Loan Periods

    • Guests may borrow up to 25 books for up to 6 weeks (unless recalled)
    • Overdue recalled books incur a fine of $5/day, up to a maximum of $50


    If you have questions regarding borrowing privileges or access to library resources or services, call or visit the circulation department of any Rutgers library, or ask us via email or chat.