Your Gateway

to Effective Research

Circulation Desk

The staff at the Circulation Desk are available to help you:
check books out
locate course reserves
pick up items ordered from other libraries
purchase a copy card for all photocopiers in the building

Reference Desk

The faculty at the Reference Desk are available help you:
find answers to research questions
select the best print and electronic resources for your research
navigate your way through the Rutgers University Libraries, both physically and digitally
get started on research

Book Collection

Paul Robeson Library is known for having a very strong undergraduate collection. Students also have access to the materials at any of the other Rutgers University Libraries, as well as the ability to order any needed materials from libraries outside of Rutgers. Our book collection:
includes 245, 625 print volumes in all subjects to support the curriculum and student research, with easy access to the 3,295,373 volumes held throughout the Rutgers University Libraries
includes a growing number of electronic books, including a large collection of Renaissance and early modern English books and a database of African-American poetry
follows the Library of Congress Classification System, with all books located in the lower level except Reference books and circulating books with call numbers starting with the letter H, which are located on the main floor

Journal Collection

The library houses or has access to a large number of magazines and journals:
the current issues of print journals are on the main floor
older issues of print journals are on the upper floor (a few are on microfilm on the main floor)
electronic journals are available in the library, computer labs on campus, and from your home or office, if you have a Rutgers computing account
as with books, copies of articles held at other Rutgers University Libraries, or other libraries throughout the world, can easily be requested

Robeson Library Survival 101

What You'll Need to Use the Library from Home

Rutgers picture ID
Library PIN number (ask at the Circulation Desk, call us, or use Ask-A-Librarian
Internet access through Rutgers or another ISP
A browser -- Internet Explorer or Netscape (ask at the Reference Desk)
Remote access instruction sheet (ask at Reference or visit our web site

Available 24/7 online

Catalog -- IRIS
Indexes and Abstracts
Thousands of full text journal articles
Electronic Reserves
Self-services (renew your books or change your PIN)
Request materials from other libraries