With holdings of over three million volumes and a growing
collection of online resources, the Rutgers University libraries rank
among the nation's top research libraries. Comprised of more than two
dozen libraries, centers, and reading rooms located on Rutgers'
campuses in New Brunswick/Piscataway, Camden, and Newark, 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/Piscataway and provides
support for undergraduate instruction. There are also several
specialized libraries and collections in the New Brunswick/Piscataway
area: Alcohol Studies; Art; Stephen and Lucy Chang Science; Chemistry;
East Asian; Mathematical Sciences; Music; and Physics Libraries as well
as Special Collections and University Archives. The Scholarly
Communication Center supports the development and integration of
scholarly, scientific, and educational information into the mainstream
through a wide range of innovative digital services. The Margery Somers
Foster Center is a resource center and digital archive on women,
scholarship, and leadership.
The 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
in Camden houses a broad liberal arts collection that supports all
undergraduate and graduate programs offered on the Camden campus. Law
libraries are also located on both the Camden and Newark campuses and
have separate policies and online catalogs. The law library at Newark
houses an extensive criminal justice library.
The libraries web site at http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/ provides
access to numerous online resources. Library users can search IRIS, the
online catalog, to identify materials owned by Rutgers libraries
located in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick/Piscataway as well as many
online resources. Students, faculty, and staff can also access a wide
variety of electronic indexes and abstracts, full-text electronic
journals, research guides, and library services online, both from
campus and remotely. The libraries provide hundreds of CD-ROM titles in
addition to online resources.
Rutgers University students,
faculty, staff, and alumni are entitled to borrow materials from any of
the Rutgers University libraries. The Rutgers Delivery Service,
Interlibrary Loan Service, and E-ZBorrow allow students, faculty, and
staff to request books and journal articles located at distant Rutgers
libraries or outside the university. Requests may be submitted online
through the libraries' web site. The loan period for Rutgers
undergraduate students is 28 days. All materials, regardless of loan
period or borrower's privileges, are subject to recall.
Librarians, many with advanced subject expertise, are available at all
the major libraries to answer questions and assist with research
projects, including online and print-based search strategies.
Individual assistance is available at reference desks or through the
online "Ask a Librarian" service. Librarians also provide in-class
teaching at an instructor's request.
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.