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Welcome to the New Dana Library

We have completed building renovations that include a first floor café, new elevators, a new stairwell  with cool lights, expansive study areas, and fabulous collaborative space. This transformation enhances the use, effectiveness, and enjoyment of the library for everyone who visits.


Photo of the front entrance of Dana library

Institute of Jazz Studies

The Institute of Jazz Studies is the world's foremost  jazz archives and research library. Founded in 1952 by pioneer jazz scholar Marshall Stearns (1908-1966), the Institute has been a pioneering institution in the preservation an access of jazz heritage. IJS relocated from Stearns' apartment to Rutgers University–Newark in 1966, and it part of the Rutgers University Libraries. In 1994, IJS moved to spacious new quarters on the fourth floor of the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers–Newark. The Institute serves a broad clientele, including teachers, scholars, musicians, the media, record companies, filmmakers, and arts agencies.

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A green trumpet owned by Miles Davis inscribed with his name

Martin C trumpet owned by Miles Davis, ca. 1970

Rutgers University–Newark Archives

For decades, dedicated librarians at John Cotton Dana Library collected and stewarded archival materials which were generated and compiled by the Rutgers—Newark campus community.  The Rutgers University—Newark Archives was formally established in 2019 and documents the legacies of the Rutgers—Newark campus and its impact as an anchor institution in the city of Newark.

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Page from the Rutgers University Women's Club scrapbook containing news clippings, events calendars, and event flyers

Page from the Rutgers University College Women’s Club scrapbook, 1948-1963