- Directions and parking
- Policies and Procedures
- Do I need to be affiliated with Rutgers University to use your collections?
- Do I need to make an appointment before I visit?
- Can I order materials in advance, so that they are available when I visit?
- What can I bring into the reading room?
- How do I fill in a call slip to request materials in the reading room?
- How do I cite your resources?
Do an advanced search for your topic of interest and limit your findings in the first column ("Library") to "Special Collections and University Archives" (SPCOL/UA).
You can further limit your search by format in the second column, for instance by choosing "Manuscript" or "Map." To limit your search by time period choose "year of publication," even if it concerns archival rather than printed materials. (Consult a visual guide)
How do I get to Special Collections and University? Where can I park?
By foot (15-20 minutes)
- Traveling from the direction of New York City (towards Trenton)
- Turn to your left as you get off the train and walk towards the end of the platform. You will see a large ramp that runs alongside Barnes & Noble bookstore and leads to Somerset Street. Directly across the street, forming a "T" with Somerset Street, is the foot of College Avenue. The Archibald S. Alexander Library building will be on the right at 169 College Ave. Special Collections and University Archives is located on the lower level.
- Traveling from the direction of Trenton (towards New York City)
- Turn to your right as you get off the train, enter the New Brunswick Station, descend the stairway, and exit the station onto Easton Avenue using the doors in front of you. Turn right to follow Easton Avenue under the train tressel, across Wall Street, and up to the corner of Easton Avenue and Somerset Street. Make a right onto Somerset Street, and you will find yourself at the Barnes and Noble storefront. Continue walking towards the entrance to Barnes and Noble to the crosswalks that run across Somerset Street. Directly across the street, forming a "T" with Somerset Street, is the foot of College Avenue. The Archibald S. Alexander Library building will be on the right at 169 College Ave. Special Collections and University Archives is located on the lower level.
- Taxis are available on either side of the station
- The New BrunsQuick Shuttle 1 and 2 travel in a loop that services the New Brunswick Train Station (starting from the bus stop on the Somerset Street side of the Train Station), to the Rutgers Student Center (RSC), which is a 2 minute from Alexander Library on the other side of the road.
- Download route for New BrunsQuick Shuttle 2 (fastest route from train station to Rutgers Student Center)
- Download route for New BrunsQuick Shuttle 1 (fastest route from Rutgers Student Center to train station)
Special Collections and University Archives is open to the public. For more information check out our Policies and Procedures.
No appointment is necessary. However, two working days advance notice is required for materials that are stored off-site.
Only materials that are stored off-site should be ordered in advance (at least two days prior to your visit). It is not possible to order materials that are stored on-site in advance. Materials are ordered in the SC/UA Reading Room by filling in a call slip and will be pulled immediately. The majority of the books from the Sinclair New Jersey Coillections is available on shelves in the reading room.
Only materials for conducting research may be brought into the reading room (notebook, pencil, laptop, camera, etc.). Lockers are available for your personal belongings. More information is available in our Policies and Procedures.
To fill in the call slip you need the following information:
- Call number: the number or code that identifies a certain book or collection. When it concerns a collection that is described in a finding aid it is the manuscript or accession number (usually starting with MC or Ac). View a visible guide where to find call numbers in the catalog.
- Author: name of the author of a publication or the creator of a collection
- Title: title of the publication or name of collection
- Sublocation: a sublocation indicates the location of a materials and is required for our staff to pull materials. View a visible guide where to find sub-locations in the catalog.
For manuscript and archival collections use the following sequence: Item description and date, collection name and call number, box number and folder number or title, Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.
- Example: Archibald Alexander to Adlai Stevenson, June 27, 1961, Archibald S. Alexander Papers (MC 1190), box 3, folder 7, Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.
Please note that if an existing finding aid is only a container list, please indicate the box number and a description of the folder in which the item was found.
Presently, we do not sell any publications.
I have an old book/manuscript/photograph that I would like to preserve. Do you offer conservation services to the public?
SC/UA is, unfortunately, unable to offer conservation services to the general public. However, information on preservation for private collectors can be found at the websites of the National Archives and Records Administration and the Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress also provides information on the preservation of specific formats and types of media.
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) offers a free Find A Conservator service Conservation professionals in a variety of fields and locations are available for consultation and treatment of private collections.
AIC also offers a wide selection of guides to taking care of varies materials and formats at their Caring for Your Treasures page.
Two other sources for conservation treatment can be found through regional conservation centers that serve New Jersey: