Computers

Desktop computers are available for use at most libraries. If you are a guest without a NetID, you can register to use guest computers for a limited amount of time per day by bringing a photo ID to any Rutgers library circulation or reference desk. Using library computers allows access to restricted resources, such as licensed databases, that guests cannot access from off-campus. 

Wireless access is available throughout the libraries for Rutgers affiliates and guests.

Many libraries have laptops and/or tablets that can be loaned to registered borrowers. Check with the circulation desk to see what's available. 

Computer Labs

In some libraries, additional computers are available for current Rutgers students, faculty, and staff in labs maintained by the Office of Information Technology.

Printing

You can print from desktop computers or from mobile devices via the wireless network. For information about printing, visit our Print/Scan/Copy pages, or ask at the circulation desk. Local offerings may vary.

Policies

Children's use of the Libraries and electronic resources

Children or adolescents under the age of 18, with no university affiliation, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Parents or adult guardians who bring children to the library are responsible for their protection and safety and must never leave children unattended. Children are expected to abide by all library user conduct and security policies. When a young child is in the library unattended by a parent or adult guardian, university police will be called to ensure the safety of the child and to assist in locating a parent or guardian. Parents or adult guardians are responsible for children's use of the Libraries, including access to the Internet. Library personnel may request identification to verify the age and university affiliation of any unaccompanied young person.

Public Services Policy Memo 1: Access to Library Resources and Services: User Conduct and Security

Public Computer Privacy Procedures

All public computers owned by Rutgers University Libraries (as identified by the Libraries’ logo on the wallpaper) utilize a software that restores the computer back to its original condition upon reboot/log off. Anything a patron did or stored on the workstation during their session is removed in the process.

However, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) owns and maintains additional computer equipment within library buildings, and those computers are not covered under Libraries' privacy procedures.

After 15 minutes of inactivity (i.e., no keyboard or mouse movement), the workstation will automatically reboot.

NetID authentication used on public computers does not store any logs or personally identifiable information on Libraries' servers, but OIT may maintain their own logs for NetID authentication requests.

For PC Reservation (guest/non-NetID computers), logs with personally identifiable information are stored on Libraries' servers until 11:59 PM daily (for equitable time tracking purposes), at which time they are anonymized.