SC/UA New Jersey Reading Room Closed as of October 1

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Librarian and student search archives in Special Collections and University Archives

Remote reference, scanning, and instruction will temporarily close on October 15 as we prepare collections to move off-site. We anticipate that a large portion of our collections will be inaccessible for at least a year.

Special Collections and University Archives (SC/UA) closed the New Jersey Reading Room on October 1 to allow staff to work on flood recovery activities. The closure will remain in effect for the rest of the academic year.

Hurricane Ida severely impacted SC/UA, so we are taking these measures to ensure the long-term preservation of collections and improve the storage and research environment. No collections were destroyed, but there was extensive flooding and damage to the storage areas necessitating moving 27,000 linear feet of collections to safety.

Remote reference, scanning, and instruction will temporarily close on October 15 as we prepare collections to move off-site. We anticipate that a large portion of our collections will be inaccessible for at least a year.

Our two top priorities are preserving our collections and providing access to them. As we secure the material, we are working to find ways to provide access to limited parts of our collections to enable research and instruction to continue. We’ll provide updates on access during renovation on this webpage and on our blog, What Exit?

We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding. If you have questions, please contact us.

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Matt Badessa

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Administration Services, Library Administration

848-932-5940 matthew.badessa@rutgers.edu