Library News

Library News


Library Hours, Study Spaces & Computer Lab Access
Potter Library in the Peter Mercer Learning Commons is one of the available study spaces/computer lab spaces on campus.
Reserve Study Rooms Here:
The library is only open to current, registered RCNJ students, faculty and staff. Please see library hours. Masks are required.
Questions? Please email or call 201.684.7575


During the months of September and October, all library collections — including all books, DVDs, Course Reserves, special collections, and more — currently located in Linden Hall will be moved to the new Learning Commons building. During this transition, library materials can still be checked out but stacks will be closed for browsing. We will gladly retrieve the items for you if you don’t mind waiting. For larger requests, or to have items pulled before you come to the library, we recommend emailing us ahead of time at and provide our staff with the catalog link to the material(s) you need. If an item is part of a multi volume set, please specify which volume(s) you need.

Throughout this process, collection items may be inaccessible at different times. If an item is inaccessible, we encourage you to request it through Interlibrary Loan.

Questions? Please email

Research Help Services

Students can come in person during our Research Help Desk hours. For virtual Research Help, our chat research help hours are Mon.-Thurs. 9am-10pm, Fri. 9am-4pm, Saturday 12-6 pm, and Sunday 12-6pm.

If chat is not online, please feel free to email and we will respond as soon as possible. More information on Research Help services is available on the Library website.

Remote Library Resources and Services

This guide compiles newly available resources, either by trial or offered by vendors to aid in remote and online teaching and learning. This guide also provides help in finding and accessing library information and for contacting librarians while you work remotely. Contact your Unit liaison librarian for further information. Click here to access guide.

Access to Mahwah Public Library’s Electronic Materials

In order to receive a Mahwah Library card, the students and faculty need to complete a quick online registration form at

Directions for filling out the form:

  • On the first screen, students and faculty should select Mahwah as their hometown library and 07430 as their zip code.
  • On the second screen, they should fill out all the requested information, just make sure to put their address as 505 Ramapo Valley Rd in address 1 and any special mail routing (mail box or dorm room) in address 2.
  • A few minutes after they submit the form, they will receive an email that they have a temporary library card.

A temporary library card will grant access to Libby, an eBook and audiobook platform.

  • IMPORTANT: Within 24 hours students and faculty should receive a second email that their account has been upgraded, and that they have been issued a “real” Mahwah Library card number which will provide for additional services, including Hoopla, Kanopy, and more. This card will be good through 6/30/2020 and can be extended by visiting the library when Mahwah Public reopens.

Overdue Materials & Notices

If you receive automated library messages about overdue materials (either our own or ILL), please disregard them. We are extending due dates until the end of the semester (May 12, 2020). Also, please feel free to renew any items online *if they are not yet overdue* via your library account: cgi-bin/koha/

Or renew Interlibrary Loan materials via your ILL account: library/interlibrary-loan/

Questions? Please feel free to email us at


Library users will no longer have access to the following: Alt Health Watch, Biography Reference Center, Ethnic News Watch, Gender Watch, and Social Work Abstracts. In addition, full-text access and the number of simultaneous users has been reduced for the following databases: Oxford Art Online, Oxford Music Online, American History and Life, and Historical Abstracts.

Please contact Leigh Keller, Interim College Librarian/Director, at with any questions.

New Location – Linden Hall

Potter Library is now open in Linden Hall, our temporary location for the years 2019-2021. All regular library services are available in Linden Hall. Please call 201.684.7575 or email with questions.