FAQs

Borrowing and reproductions of publications

Directions and parking

How to...

Policies and procedures

General


Borrowing and reproduction of publications

Can I borrow a publication in person or through Interlibrary Loan?

Materials in our collections do not circulate and cannot be borrowed through interlibrary loan.

How do I get a copy of or from a publication that is part of your collections?

If you have access to an academic or local public library that has interlibrary loan privileges, please arrange a request for article delivery through your library (view requesting procedures). A staff member from Rutgers Libraries' Interlibrary Loan Services will coordinate with us to determine if the binding or condition of the paper allows for reproduction of the article or chapter. For materials under copyright, only one single article or chapter or a maximum of 50 pages may be copied. Fees may apply.

If you do not have access to a library that has interlibrary loan privileges, please contact us directly to see if we will be able to provide you with a PDF copy of the relevant pages, depending on the condition of the publication. Reproduction fees may apply (view reproductions and permissions).


Directions and parking

How do I get to Special Collections and University? Where can I park?

Visit our website about directions and parking.

How do I get from the New Brunswick train station to your library?

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.

By taxi

  • Taxis are available on either side of the station

By bus

  • 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)

How to...

How do I cite your resources?

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.

How do I search QuickSearch for materials at Special Collections and University Archives?

Do an advanced search in QuickSearch 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 fill in a call slip to request materials in the reading room?

To fill in the call slip you need the following information:


Policies and Procedures

Do I need to be affiliated with Rutgers University to use your collections?

Special Collections and University Archives is open to the public. For more information check out our Policies and Procedures.

Do I need to make an appointment before I visit?

No appointment is necessary. However, two working days advance notice is required for materials that are stored off-site.

Can I order materials in advance, so that they are available when I visit?

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.

What can I bring into 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.


    General

    Do you sell any publications?

    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: