But thou art deeper read, and better skill'd
Come, and take choice of all my library,
And so beguile thy sorrow
- Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus
The Rutgers University Libraries rank among the top academic research libraries in the United States, with holdings of more than four million volumes, over fifty thousand serials, and hundreds of research databases,. The unified library system is comprised of twenty-six libraries, centers, and reading rooms located on Rutgers' campuses in New Brunswick/Piscataway, Newark, and Camden, as well as RU-Online, our digital library.
Individual library collections are described, along with information on library hours and directions, on the Libraries and Centers page. As part of the State University of New Jersey, the Libraries are open to the public.
Significant collections include:
- Special Collections and University Archives, with strengths in New Jersey and labor history
- The Institute of Jazz Studies, the largest library and archive of jazz materials in the world
Major libraries holding a wide range of US, New Jersey, and international documents are:
- Alexander Library (New Brunswick)
- The Library of Science and Medicine (Piscataway)
- Dana Library (Newark)
- Robeson Library (Camden)
Any person may visit any library to browse our collections in our open stacks, to use electronic resources and to access audiovisual material within the building, free of charge. However, Rutgers affiliation is necessary to access databases remotely, to check out books, for access to the wireless network, and to use document delivery services. Guest borrowing privileges are available, as are faculty borrowing privileges for visiting scholars.
We're here to help!
All of our staff will be happy to assist you with your questions. Specialized research assistance is available from reference librarians. Find one in person during reference desk hours, call, email, or consult a subject specialist librarian. Our collection of subject research guides describe important scholarly resources for various disciplines. The Libraries also provide special services to persons with disabilities.
To locate material owned by Rutgers, use QuickSearch. QuickSearch allows you to search for books, journals, audio, video, online resources, and more. Note that searching must be done in roman characters, and information in other writing systems must be transliterated. QuickSearch provides links for electronic material, and location codes and status for physical holdings.
Although most of the Libraries' materials are identified in QuickSearch, there are exceptions. You may wish to consult with a librarian before deciding that Rutgers does not hold an item. Material not held by Rutgers can be requested from other institutions using a number of delivery options. Rutgers-affiliated users can access Course Reserves and online account information by logging into My Account with their NetID.
Online Access to Research, 24/7
The Libraries subscribe to many electronic databases supporting a wide range of research needs. The Indexes and Databases page lists the major databases in a variety of subjects. Electronic journals can be identified by searching for individual titles in QuickSearch, by consulting the Electronic Journals, or by using the "Get it @ R" button found in many databases. Rutgers-affiliated users can access electronic resources when off-campus by logging in to the Libraries' web site using the Rutgers electronic login, the NetID.
For more explanation of specific vocabulary, consult the Library Terminology Guide (English).
We hope you find using the Rutgers University Libraries an enjoyable experience. Please ask our librarians and staff for further assistance at any time. We look forward to helping you with your research needs.