- Directions and Opening Hours
- Policies and Procedures
- Searching our collections
We are located in the basement of the Alexander Library, 169 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ.
Follow directions to the Alexander Library.
New Jersey Transit's Northeast Corridor Line, which runs between New York City and Trenton (northeast to southwest), stops at New Brunswick. Schedule and far information can be found at www.njtransit.com or by calling New Jersey Transit at
If you are 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 is approximately a 15-minute walk up College Avenue. It will be on the right at 169 College Ave. Special Collections and University Archives is located on the lower level.
If you are 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 is approximately a 15-minute walk up College Avenue. It will be on the right at 169 College Ave. Special Collections and University Archives is located on the lower level.
A pdf map of the College Avenue Campus is available here: http://maps.rutgers.edu/sites/rumaps/files/NB_CollegeAve.pdf
Taxis are available on either side of the station, but the library is within walking distance (approximately 15 minutes).
Special Collections and University Archives is open to the public. No appointment is necessary, although some material is stored off-site and requires two working days advance notice to be retrieved.
Only material 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 reading room guidelines https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/scua/conducting-research
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)
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:
The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)
264 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103