Late December Move Update


The commercial mover has now moved 973 linear shelf feet of SC/UA manuscripts and rare books from the Alexander subbasement to off-site storage. They have also moved 70 filing cabinets that include printed material, photographs, and maps into the New Jersey Reading Room that will be available onsite when SC/UA reopens. Packing and moving will continue through December 22 and begin again in January.

You can catch up on all of our move updates under “SC/UA Migration Project: Seeking Higher Ground.”

We wish you happy holidays and look forward to a return to reference services in 2022!

Phased Reopening of Special Collections & University Archives


The ​phased reopening of SC/UA will begin January 10, 2022, with remote reference service being provided through ​the Libraries’ Ask a Librarian Service. ​Please be aware that the availability of research material will be limited and ​our response time will be longer than usual ​due to many collections being located off-site. When the SC/UA move is complete, ​which by the mover’s estimation will be in March ​2022, research visits for Rutgers patrons will resume by appointment-only. The Clifford Case room in Alexander Library will be used as a temporary reading room for patron visits.

Hurricane Ida and Changes to Our Services


Special Collections and University Archives (SC/UA) closed the New Jersey Reading Room on October 1 to allow staff to work on flood recovery activities. The closure will remain in effect for the rest of the academic year.

Hurricane Ida severely impacted SC/UA, so we are taking these measures to ensure the long-term preservation of collections and improve the storage and research environment. No collections were destroyed but there was extensive flooding and damage to the storage areas necessitating moving 27,000 linear feet of collections to safety.

Remote reference, scanning, and instruction will temporarily close on October 15 as we prepare collections to move off-site. We anticipate that a large portion of our collections will be inaccessible for at least a year.

Our two top priorities are preserving our collections and providing access to them. As we secure the material, we are working to find ways to provide access to limited parts of our collections to enable research and instruction to continue. We’ll provide updates on access during renovation on our website and here on “What Exit?”

If you have questions, please contact us.

We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding.