Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Link to Libraries homepage
Link to Libraries homepage
Rutgers University Libraries

Resources for Faculty Emeriti: First Things First

Library tools and tips for Rutgers faculty emeriti
Welcome to the guide dedicated to assisting Rutgers faculty emeriti with their continued access to the resources of Rutgers University Libraries, whether for research or pleasure.

Status: Who Qualifies?

If you believe you qualify for emeritus/a status, please verify your status with the department from which you retired.

Retiree ID Card

"Upon retirement, Retirees will receive a letter from University Human Resources (UHR) explaining how to get a Retiree RU ID card. Retiree RU ID cards can only be issued once this letter is presented from University Human Resources."

Verification for Library Use

Verification of your status as "Faculty Emeritus/a" takes place between the Rutgers retiree office and the Access Services department at Rutgers University Libraries. Once your status has been verified, and you have provided your NetID, Access Services will enable your library privileges for 5 years. This will not only allow you the same borrowing and interlibrary loan privileges as current faculty, but also off campus access to databases, electronic books, journals, and other restricted resources.

After 5 years, but prior to the expiration of your account, you should receive an email regarding renewal.

Access Issues: Reported by Emeriti, Solved by Library Staff

Recent Emeriti

  • You recently retired and haven't had a chance to visit a library
  • You don't have a retiree ID card yet
  • You retained your NetID, but are unable to access Libraries resources online
  • You get stuck in a loop when trying to use your NetID for off campus access to databases, journals, or ebooks

Emeriti with accounts that worked in the past

  • Your barcode doesn't seem to be working
  • Your barcode might have expired
  • Your NetID doesn't seem to be working
  • You get stuck in a loop when trying to use your NetID for off campus access to databases, journals, or ebooks

Please use the Ask a Librarian email service to contact Access Services if you experience one of these issues or encounter other problems with library services.

NetID Issues?

Please check/update your NetID at the NetID Management page.
We recommend creating or updating your NetID security questions to avoid future problems.
Campus OIT HelpDesks
General phone number:833-OIT-HELP

NetID logo

During COVID-19

Our policies and procedures are different while access to library buildings is restricted.

Twenty-four untitled works of art organized in a grid, 2005 - 2006, by Alberto Contreras. Gift from the artist. Located at Alexander Library.
Alberto Contreras
Twenty-Four Untitled Works, 2005-2006

Gift of the artist
(located at Alexander Library)

Organizations at Rutgers

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, an equal access/equal opportunity institution. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to direct suggestions, comments, or complaints concerning any accessibility issues with Rutgers web sites to: or complete the Report Accessibility Barrier / Provide Feedback Form.