With holdings of over three million volumes, the Rutgers University
Libraries rank among the nation's top research libraries. Comprised of
26 libraries, collections, and reading rooms located on Rutgers'
campuses in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick, and RU-Online, a digital
library, the Libraries provide the resources and services necessary to
support the university's mission of teaching, research, and service.
There are two large research libraries on the New Brunswick/Piscataway
campuses: the Library of Science and Medicine, which houses the primary
collections in behavioral, biological, earth, and pharmaceutical
sciences, and engineering; and the Archibald S. Alexander Library,
which provides extensive humanities and social sciences collections.
The Mabel Smith Douglass Library supports undergraduate education and
houses the primary collections for women's studies and the performing
arts. The Kilmer Library is the primary business library in New
Brunswick and provides support for undergraduate instruction. There
also are several specialized libraries and collections in the New
Brunswick area including Alcohol Studies, Art, Stephen and Lucy Chang
Science Library, Chemistry, East Asian, Mathematical Sciences, Music,
Physics, and Special Collections and University Archives.
John Cotton Dana Library in Newark (which also houses the Institute of
Jazz Studies) supports all undergraduate and graduate programs offered
on the Newark campus with an emphasis on business, management, and
nursing. The Robeson Library houses a broad liberal arts collection,
which supports all undergraduate and graduate programs offered on the
Camden campus. Law libraries also are located on both the Camden and
Newark campuses and have separate policies and online catalogs.
There is a reading room for graduate students located in the Alexander
Library. In addition to study space, the Graduate Reading Room includes
the graduate reserve collection, a noncirculating collection of
standard works in the social sciences and the humanities; locked
carrels for students working on their dissertations; and computer
Of particular interest to faculty and graduate
students is Rutgers' membership in the Research Libraries Group, a
nationwide consortium that allows members of the university community
access to the collections of the most distinguished research libraries
in the country, including those at Berkeley, Stanford, Yale, and the
New York Public Library. Through a shared database, there is access to
most of the books and other materials that are available for
The Libraries provide numerous electronic
resources to the Rutgers community. Library users can search IRIS, the
online catalog, through the Libraries' web site at http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu. IRIS
identifies materials owned by Rutgers libraries in Camden, Newark, and
New Brunswick, and contains records for most items acquired since 1972.
Students, faculty, and staff also can access online a variety of
electronic indexes and abstracts, full-text electronic journals,
research guides, and library services. The Libraries provide hundreds
of CD-ROM titles in addition to online resources.
University students, faculty, staff, and alumni are entitled to borrow
materials from any of the Rutgers University Libraries. The Rutgers
Request Service and Interlibrary Loan Service allow library users to
request books and journal articles located at distant Rutgers libraries
or outside the university. The loan period for faculty, staff, and
graduate students is one full term. All other borrowers, including
undergraduate students, may keep materials for 28 days. All materials,
regardless of loan period or borrower`s privileges, are subject to
Reference librarians are available at all of the major
libraries to assist with research projects, classroom instruction, and
research strategies. In addition to individual instruction at the
reference desk, librarians also provide in-class teaching at
instructors` requests. Members of the reference department are
available to help with both computerized and noncomputerized reference
searches. For a fee, librarians also provide specialized subject
The Libraries are committed to providing
equal access to services and collections for all library patrons. Users
with disabilities may request special services through the circulation
or reference department in each library.