Visiting and Parking

Special Collections and University Archives is open to the public. No appointment is necessary. When materials are stored off-site, two working days advance notice is required (Contact us).

Directions to Special Collections and University Archives

Special Collections and University Archives is located in the basement of Alexander Library. 

  • From Alexander Library's entrance, turn left into the Reference Reading Room and go down the marble-framed staircase to the right of Alexander Library's reference desk (ask directions for an elevator) 
  • At the bottom of the stairs, behind the double doors, is the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery (view our archival exhibits)
  • To go to our Reading Room proceed to the glass doors at the back of the Gallery (right).

Directions to Alexander Library

By car: Follow directions to the Alexander Library.

By train:  New Jersey Transit's Northeast Corridor Line, which runs between New York City and Trenton (northeast to southwest), stops at New Brunswick. Schedule and fare information can be found at

The library is within a 15-20  minute walking distance (View a PDF map of the College Avenue Campus). Taxis are available on either side of the station. During the academic year you may use a campus shuttle to the Rutgers Student Center (NewBrunsquick 1 and 2), 


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The closest metered parking in the vicinity of Alexander Library is available on Senior Street, adjacent to the College Avenue Gym (left).  During summer hours a Visitor's Parking Permit may be purchased from the Rutgers Department of Transportation Services for parking in the College Avenue Deck. Parking is not available in university lots near the library (where parking is by university permit only), nor is it available on nearby residential streets (where parking is by city permit only).

Parking in Buccleuch Park, which is located near Alexander Library, is permitted by the city, but all signs regulating parking there should be strictly observed. At a greater distance, public parking is available in the Gateway Garage, next to the New Brunswick Train Station, which is about a fifteen minute walk from Alexander Library.

Restaurants and Lodging

Nearby options for lunch include a street level restaurant (Panera Bread) and a basement level foodcourt in the Rutgers Student Center on College Avenue, which is within easy walking distance of Alexander Library. The Yard at College Avenue, at the corner of College Avenue and Hamilton Street, is about a ten-minute walk from Alexander Library. There are two casual restaurants located just off-campus on Sicard Street, behind the College Avenue Gym and Student Center.

For persons visiting from out of town, a variety of lodging options are available along major highways in the vicinity of New Brunswick, including at exits off of Interstate 287 and along Route 1 and Route 18. The only commercial lodging in New Brunswick is at a Hyatt Regency Hotel, which is about a twenty minute walk from the Alexander Library and The Heldrich, in the center of downtown New Brunswick. Another alternative in New Brunswick is the Rutgers-operated University Inn and Conference Center. This facility is located on the other side of New Brunswick from Alexander Library and is served by the (free) intercampus bus system.