Original functions of Rutgers libraries have shifted to online databases
Rutgers libraries have become primary places for students to hang out with friends and indulge in group studies, whereas their original function — as places to check out and read books — has moved to online databases.
Graduate students and those who study certain subjects like law absolutely require books, so they often use library resources. But undergraduate students do not use books as much because everything can be found online, she said.
“It is easier to get everything online so the Rutgers libraries have the online database system. No one wants to come to the library and spend all that time to find a book. If you can Google search something, you are going to do that over asking the librarian for help, looking through the stacks,” she said.
Numerous resources like journals and articles are accessible online on the libraries online database and it is very helpful for research. They have made hundreds of online resources available to students, paid for them so that they are accessible to all, she said.
“But (the online system) can be tricky sometimes. Even classes go the library and have one of the
Libraries at Rutgers provides more than just books, as they are places where people can come together in between classes with a group of friends to study, work on projects, print or just relax after class,
“People are constantly printing. Everyone is here, studying and doing last minute work. Libraries are busiest in the middle of the day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a good crowd around 7 to 9 p.m. too.
Kasey Shneiderovsky, a School of Engineering sophomore and work-study employee at the circulation desk at Kilmer Library, said students tend to get as many as 10 books, sometimes more, every time they are doing an in-depth research paper.
“We also have a reference desk. So a lot of kids use the internet for research but when they get stuck and they cannot access an article, they come into the library to talk to someone about how to use the database to get the resources they need. So internet does not bring down
Online tools are convenient as long as students know how to use them. Students can find articles or books, order them from another library and then have them sent to Rutgers libraries. Computers in the library are also equipped with student software, Shneiderovsky said.
“Recently I have been going (to the
Libraries have a lot of computers which allow students to print for classes. There are rooms for group study where one could go with friends. Libraries are open until late in the night, which gives students enough time to finish off their work, she said.
The libraries have a couple of laptops they lend out to students, but if they had more such rental services, it would be a lot more useful. Swiping a book out like in a vending machine instead of going to the front desk every time you need a book would make it more convenient, he said.
“I usually come here to relax, sometimes use the computer. For Livingston, it is normally to use the leisure books. They have computers, they have leisure books. That’s pretty much everything you want,” said Jonathan Xiong, a School of Arts and Sciences junior.
Anushtha Mittal is a first-year student in the Rutgers Business School. She is a contributing writer for The Daily Targum.