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Budget cuts prompt service changes at the Libraries

As a result of the severe New Jersey State budget cuts to Rutgers, the Libraries will be making a number of public services changes for the upcoming academic year. Most of these changes affect the Rutgers-New Brunswick/Piscataway Libraries, but some affect access services on all campuses.

1) We will reduce regular semester building hours in New Brunswick/Piscataway by 109 hours per week this fall. This reduction includes:

  • a rollback of last semester's extended hours pilot at Alexander (late night and early weekends) and the Library of Science and Medicine (early weekends),
  • earlier evening closings at Alexander, Douglass, Kilmer, Chemistry, Physics, SERC, Math, and Chang libraries, and
  • later weekend openings at Chemistry, Physics SERC, Math, and Chang.

2) We will close the Undergraduate Reserve Desk at Alexander Library. Undergraduate reserve materials will be circulated at Alexander's general circulation desk.

3) We will eliminate the Welcome Desk as a service point at the Douglass Library.

4) We will reduce student workers across the New Brunswick/Piscataway Libraries in the following areas:

  • circulation and other service desks,
  • Rutgers Delivery Service/PALCI interlibrary loan processing,
  • Reserve processing,
  • shelving and collection management projects, and
  • interlibrary library loan operations at the Library of Science and Medicine.

Regular full-time staff will fill in and may adjust schedules as needed. Increased turnaround and response time for Rutgers Delivery Service, Reserves, and shelving in particular will result and need to be communicated to our users.

5) We will eliminate student worker staffing for the Rutgers Delivery Service shipping run in New Brunswick. Regular shipping staff will adjust their work schedule and cover the Rutgers Delivery Service run.

6) Interlibrary Loan Services will no longer purchase dissertations from partner libraries for our users. When the Libraries are unable to borrow a print copy of a dissertation, they will refer users directly to Dissertation Express ( ) for personal purchase.

7) We will eliminate the following print brochures and rely on their corresponding websites for the most up-to-date information:

We are very sorry for any inconvenience that these changes pose to our users.

For more information on these changes please contact Judy Gardner, head of University Libraries Access and Interlibrary Services, at

Posted July 28, 2006