James B. Carey Library

The SMLR Library is physically closed until further notice, but we are open virtually and providing curbside pickup of physical materials via RUL's Click and Collect Service on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Please email Library Director, Julie Peters, at jpeters@smlr.rutgers.edu with any research questions and/or information and instruction needs. Below are useful resources that may assist you during this very fluid and unprecedented situation:

Remote Services and Resources for Students

Remote Services and Resources for Faculty

  • The Rutgers University Libraries circulating collections are now available via low- or no-contact Click and Collect service. You can request materials via QuickSearch. Turnaround time is usually 3-5 business days, but may be extended due to material quarantine. You'll receive an email when your materials are ready for pickup, with instructions for making an appointment. They are also implementing a home delivery option as well; and interlibrary loan services will resume. Click for complete information.

  • To coordinate with RUL, the SMLR Library will participate in the Click and Collect service on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 am to 2 pm. As with RUL, we will resume interlibrary loan services. During this time, the SMLR Library, and all RU Libraries, will remain closed to patrons. 

  • RUL has temporary access for the following resources:

    • The HathiTrust Digital Library is now available. During the time Rutgers University Libraries physical buildings are closed due to COVID-19, many print books under copyright held by RUL are now temporarily available to Rutgers students, faculty, and staff on the HathiTrust platform. More information can be found on the collection homepage. 

    • Additional access and resources are being provided in the film database, Academic Video Online: Premium (AVON). This database features a Labor History channel, as well numerous human resources titles.

  • All Rutgers University Libraries are closed. Please see their main COVID-19 page where you can find additional information about resources and services: https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/covid-19.

  • The Library has curated a Reading List addressing the global pandemic in the context of labor and employment relations and human resource management. If you would like to contribute to the Reading List, please contact Julie Peters.

  • From IBISWorld: Webinar on COVID-19 Economic and Industry Impact - United States. Senior Analysts cover the effects of COVID-19 on the US business environment and the impacts on industries.

  • From IBISWorld: Coronavirus Update: Industry Fast Facts. A collection of fast facts that outline how the spreading coronavirus is impacting sectors across the countries where IBISWorld operates, including Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

  • The SMLR Library is open virtually, ready to answer your research and reference questions. Send your questions to jpeters@smlr.rutgers.edu or virtually drop-in by visiting https://rutgers.webex.com/meet/mosci, Monday - Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM.

"The Carey Library at the School of Management and Labor Relations, with its dedicated staff and unique collections, has long been an amazing resource for faculty, students and the public. The fact that we have our own library staff allows us to provide support to the teaching mission of the school through focused education in information literacy and services connected to specific classes and assignments. The library also has several special collections and archives that are useful to both our own faculty and to scholars beyond our school and university."

Adrienne E. Eaton, Dean & Professor 


The James B. Carey Library, located in the Labor Education Center, offers reference and information services to the students and faculty of the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR), the larger Rutgers community, labor relations and human resource management professionals, and the working people and employers of New Jersey. We maintain a specialized collection of journals, texts, reporting services and databases in industrial relations and human resources.

The library is part of the Rutgers University Libraries system (RUL) and open to the public. Four desktop computers are available for student use, as well as six laptops that can be used within the Library. Printing, copying, and scanning capabilities are available.

What Is Information and Why Is It Important?

The James B. Carey Library is the center of information services at SMLR. We handle daily information requests that range from finding resources to analyzing data.

So what is information? The answer may depend on who is asked – a molecular biologist or a business analyst.  Cotton, Ranson and Vounckx (2016) state that “information is most often defined on the basis of order or entropy, but it is questionable whether this approach is valid for living systems, where a duality of order or entropy is prevalent” (p. 2).

Whoa! What does that mean? How about an easier definition? Adami (2016) explains that “simply put, information is that which allows you (who is in possession of that information) to make predictions with accuracy better than chance” (p. 1).

That’s interesting!  Let’s make it even easier! Information is everywhere and everyone needs it. In the broadest sense, information is knowledge. Information can educate. Information can persuade. Information can affect behavior. Information can be empowering.

How can the Library help you with your information needs? Well, we can help you find it, evaluate it, analyze it, and use it. Visit the Library to explore how the power of information can help you.

Adami, C. (2016). What is information? Philosophical Transactions Royal Society A, 374, 1-14. doi:10.1098/rsta.2015.0230
Cotton, R., Ranson, W., & Vounckx, R. (2016). Hierarchy and the nature of information. Information, 7, 1-10. doi:10.3390/info7010001


Carey Library staff is available during library hours to answer questions about library services and to help you with your research. If you cannot come in person, call or email us. 

Library Director:

Julie Peters: jpeters@smlr.rutgers.edu, (848) 932-9608
Please contact for questions about research and information services. 

Library Associate:

Eugene McElroy: mcelroy@smlr.rutgers.edu, (848) 932-9513
Please contact for questions about hours, interlibrary loan and circulating materials. 


Summer 2020 Hours


Temporarily Closed
FridayTemporarily Closed
SaturdayTemporarily Closed


Library hours vary according to the Rutgers semester schedule.
Consult the Rutgers University Libraries website for the hours of all Rutgers University Libraries.

SMLR_Net Listserv

The SMLR library administers the SMLR_Net listserv which shares selected news on labor and employment relations and human resource management. To subscribe to the listserv, please visit the following website: