Graduate Students

The graduate students of Stevens Institute have a variety of issues and needs unique from those of undergraduates. We here at Samuel C. Williams Library want to do all we can to address those needs. Here you will find library information specifically geared for graduate students.

Please note: Your Stevens ID is needed to gain access to the library building. If accessing our collections (databases, ebooks) from off-campus, your myStevens username and password will be required.



Graduate Student Affairs provides students with a Graduate Study Lounge, located on the 3rd floor of the library; your Stevens ID card is required for entrance. Information on reserving study spaces throughout the library can be found here.




The databases we subscribe to are large and detailed, and when you need to collect every article on a subject, it can be frustrating if you don’t know all the tricks. Let us help you figure out how to retrieve the most relevant results to your research. This can be done one-on-one, in a small group (2-6), or in a workshop (7-20). We can even on occasion invite the company that owns the database to send a representative for a demonstration and Q&A.Email the Graduate Student Liaison to set up a demonstration.




Laptops are now available for loan! Grad students can check them out from the Circulation Desk for 4 hours at a time, and they cannot leave the library. For more information, go to Laptop Lending.




Books, journal articles, and dissertations that are not available in the library or in a library subscription database can be requested through Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery Services (ILL/DDS). There is no charge for borrowing books through ILL/DDS, and books must be picked up in the library. Dissertations cost $10.




Research Help is available Monday through Friday, 9am to 5:30pm in-person at the Reference and Research Services desk, and also via email, telephone (201-216-5200), chat, text (201-399-2792), Twitter, and our Ask a Librarian service where you can submit your question or check the Knowledge Base to see if your question has already been answered.

We look forward to seeing you in the library.  Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions about your research or about the library’s services or resources.  Let us know how we can help!




The printers are networked. You can download the printer drivers onto your laptop and send print jobs to the networked printer.Printing and copying costs and more information are listed on the library's guide for Printing, Copying, and Scanning.




The library is here to help you throughout the process of writing and submitting your dissertation or thesis. We offer workshops on researching throughout the semester, and you can always schedule a consultation with a librarian when you’re ready to delve deeply into your topic. Check out the Graduate Student research guide for information on writing an in-depth research paper.

Stevens requires all dissertations to be submitted electronically through the ETD Administrator before they are submitted to the library for binding. Theses, senior reports, senior thesis and senior design projects are submitted in person to Doris Oliver. For information on submission requirements for dissertations, theses, and other final projects, see Submit a Thesis/Dissertation. A handy FAQ can be found here.


Library Liaison for Graduate Students:
Vicky Ludas Orlofsky

As the Library’s Graduate Student Liaison, I am here to help you get the most out of this library. Please let me know your questions or comments about the library, its services, collections, space, or anything else you are curious about.

To reach me:

Stop by and see me at the Reference Desk (3pm-5:30pm Mon-Wed and Fri).
Email! ~ 201-216-5361 ~ Set up a research appointment (with me or another librarian) ~ Chat!

Special Collections Registration Form

Special Collections and Archives materials do not circulate and may only be consulted in the area designated by Special Collections staff in the S.C. Williams Library. Materials from the Special Collections and Archives may be viewed with advanced notice, by appointment only. 

Please make sure to fill out following registration form, and show archives staff an ID (student ID, driver’s license, or passport), before accessing the materials. 


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Study Room Policy

Policy for the Use of Study Rooms (2nd and 3rd floor)

Policy for Burchard Lounge

Second floor group study rooms:

  • 209
  • 210

Third floor study rooms:

  • 309, 311
  • 310
  • 312, 314, 316, 318
  1. Reservations of Study Rooms may be made by Stevens students, faculty, and staff. Students may request study rooms at the Circulation Services Desk. To make an advance reservation of a group study room, please make arrangements with library staff members Linda Beninghove, John Cruz, or Nydia Cruz.  Advance reservations may not be taken by Circulation Services Desk attendants.
  2. The requester is required to add his or her name and email address to the sign-in sheet provided by the attendant at the Circulation Services Desk.
  3. Requesters are required to provide their Stevens ID in exchange for the key to the assigned study room.  The Stevens ID will be returned to the requester when the key is returned to the Circulation Services Desk attendant on time.  
  4. Study Room 210 and Media Room 209 require groups of 4 to 10 people.  These rooms are for group study and meetings.
  5. Library Study Rooms will not be used as classroom space.  Recurring meetings are not permitted, for example weekly meetings.
  6. At the end of the meeting or study session, the requester must return the key on time to the Circulation Services Desk attendant in return for the Stevens ID.
  7. There is a 4-hour limit for Study Room use.
  8. It is not permissible to cover the windows of the third-floor study rooms (310, 312, 314, 316, 318).
  9. Regular rounds of the library building are made during the library's hours of operation, and the Study Rooms will be regularly inspected by library staff.  Groups and individuals are asked to report any damaged equipment, furniture, or vandalism to the Circulation Services Desk attendant immediately.  The requester will be held responsible for any damage or vandalism that occurs during the reservation period, resulting in loss of library room reservation privileges and a report will be filed with the Office of Student Life.
  10. The requester (and the group, if applicable) agree to leave the room in the condition it was found.
  11. The library reserves the right to update this policy as needed.

Burchard Lounge 127 Policies

The Burchard Lounge 127 is managed by the Library.  Below you will find information and guidelines for the Lounge.

Burchard Lounge 127 Hours:

The Burchard Lounge (Room 127) will be available as follows:

Monday through Friday:  8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday:  8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (12:00 noon)

Members of the Stevens community must use the campus card reader to enter the Lounge.

General Guidelines for the Burchard Lounge:

  • Please be respectful of others studying in the Burchard Lounge.
  • Please discard of trash in proper receptacles.
  • Please report any issues with the lounge to the Library Circulation Services Desk immediately at 201-216-5200.
  • Please do not leave your personal belongings unattended.

Reservation of the Team Room (Burchard 127-B)

  • The Burchard 127-B Team Room is available for reservation by students and administrative offices with the purpose of being directly helpful to students.  Reservations may be made using the Library’s LibCal online room reservation system at
  • Reservations of the Team Room are available Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (12:00 noon).  
  • When a reservation is made using the LibCal online system, a confirmation email will be sent to the requester; the requester must confirm the reservation promptly.  The requester is advised to bring a printed copy of the reservation to show that they have reserved the room.
  • The Burchard 127-B Team Room seats up to 10 people.
  • Please be respectful of others studying in the Burchard Lounge.
  • Please discard of trash in proper receptacles.
  • Please report any issues with the room to the Library Circulation Services Desk immediately at 201-216-5200.

Quiet Room (Burchard 127-A)

The Quiet Room is for quiet study only. There will be no reservations permitted for the Quiet Room.


When students have questions or issues with the lockers, please call the Work Order Desk in the Division of Facilities and Campus Operations at 201-216-5275.


The networked copier/printer is managed by the Library.  All members of the Stevens community may install the necessary printer drivers onto their computer in order to send print jobs to the copier/printer.  Information about the copier/printer is available at

When students have questions about the copier/printer, please call the Library Circulation Services Desk at 201-216-5200.

Use of the Microwave:

All Stevens students, faculty, and staff are welcome to use the microwave for food preparation.  Please report any maintenance issues regarding the microwave to the Library Circulation Services Desk at 201-216-5200.  

Cleaning and Maintenance:

Please report any issues regarding cleaning and maintenance of the Burchard Lounge to the Library Circulation Services Desk immediately at 201-216-5200.

Emergency and Safety:

Please report emergencies to the Stevens Campus Police at 3911 or 201-216-5105.


Vicky Ludas Orlofsky

As the Instruction & Scholarly Communication Librarian, my work at Stevens includes introducing and establishing successful research practices and information literacy with students, faculty, and staff in the Instruction program, and developing a scholarly communication program here at the library to keep faculty and researchers aware of current developments in academic publishing.


  • B.A., International Affairs, The George Washington University
  • M.A., Liberal Studies, City University of New York Graduate Center
  • M.S., Library & Information Science, Pratt Institute


  • Evening and Weekend Public Services Assistant, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY

Research & Publications

  • Lopatovska, I., Slater, A., Bronner, C., El Mimouni, H., Lange, L., & Orlofsky, V.L. (2014). In transition: academic e-book reading in an institution without e-books. Library Review 63:4/5 (pp. 261-275). Available at:
  • Lopatovska, I., Pattuelli, M.C., Lange, L. & Orlofsky, V.L. (2013). E-books in academia: Expectations and challenges. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 486-490). doi:10.9776/13261
  • Orlofsky, V.L. (2012).  Who’s happy now? A review of Satisfaction Not Guaranteed: Dilemmas of Progress in Modern Society by Peter N. Stearns.  Zeteo Journal. Available at:
  • Orlofsky, V.L. (2012). “Brooklyn Diary, 1864” Digitization Project. Available at:
  • Ludas, V. (2011). American Manpower: Work and Masculinity in the 1970s. (Unpublished master’s thesis). The Graduate Center, New York, N.Y.

Professional Associations

  • American Library Association
  • New Jersey Library Association
  • Reference and User Services Association
  • Association of College & Research Libraries
  • METRO New York Library Council
  • Beta Phi Mu (Theta chapter)

Bird’s eye view of Hoboken, lo... Digital ID: 1659313. New York Public Library

"Bird's eye view of Hoboken, looking south from the vicinity of Stevens Institute. In pencil: "Hoboken." (ca. 1881-1885)."

This image and others in the NYPL Digital Gallery are in the public domain, which means their period of copyright protection has ended and they can be used (with attribution) by anyone for any purpose. Copyright issues are both a personal and professional interest of mine; if you'd like to talk about copyright or other aspects of scholarly communication, please drop me a line!

Archives & Special Collections Overview


The mission of the Archives and Special Collections department is to engage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the local and global community with primary resources and artifacts. Our objective is to instill a sense of pride and knowledge about Stevens Institute of Technology and its rich heritage and legacy, which includes the history of the Stevens family. Furthermore, Archives and Special Collections will preserve, arrange and describe our unique historical collections and artifacts as they continue to grow and become more accessible to a greater audience. 

Scope of Collections Policy:   

The scope of collections policy is a tool used to guide Special Collections and Archives in new accessions, and build upon our collections.   It is our objective to focus on areas of historical research and artifacts that complement, support and expand our existing collections in a logical manner, and provide a balance between our available resources and commitments. It is also important to anticipate future research needs, and historical trends.

Collecting Areas:

●      Stevens Institute of Technology history

●      Stevens Family history

●      Hoboken/ NJ history

●      History of Science and Technology

●      History of engineering

●      U.S. Industrial history

●      U.S. Civil War

●      History of transportation in America

●      Nautical design


Archives and Special Collections Overview:  

Archives and Special Collections are housed in the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Samuel C. Williams Library. The Archives and Special Collections department serves as the repository of materials that support research and documentation on Stevens Institute of Technology, and the Stevens family. In addition, we are building our scope of collections to encompass the history of Hoboken, the American Industrial Revolution, the U.S. Civil War, history of science and engineering, and transportation history, especially railroads and nautical designs. We support research for a wide range of scholars including undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and other outside researchers whose work relies on primary resource materials, including rare books, artifacts, manuscripts, media and archives. 

Institutional Archives 

The institutional archives document the history and the growth of Stevens Institute of Technology. Materials include: Faculty collections, alumni materials, President's records, and student life. 

Collection Finding Aids:  

In addition we have most of the Stute newspaper digitized and available online.

Special Collections 

Special Collections include historic manuscript collections, family papers, rare books, and artifacts. This includes the Frederick Winslow Taylor collection, the Lieb Memorial Leonardo Da Vinci collection, the Stevens Family papers, U.S.S. Monitor drawings, and historic artifacts donated over the years. 

Interested in donating materials?

We are always looking to expand our collection, as long as they are in our collecting scope and we have the appropriate physical space to house the original material. Donations will be considered after an appraisal is done by the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, Leah Loscutoff [email protected] Please do not just drop off materials without any notice.  

A video about the restoration of the 500 year old original copy of the
De Divina Proportione written by Luca Pacioli and illustrated by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Special Collections and Archives materials do not circulate and may only be consulted in the area designated by Special Collections staff in the S.C. Williams Library. Materials from the Special Collections and Archives may be viewed with advanced notice, by appointment only.


Appointments can be made Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:30am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 4:00pm.

Scheduling an appointment
Please fill out this online registration form to schedule an appointment to access the archives. You may also call to make an appointment at (201) 216-5416. We will get back to you on your appointment request within 48 hours (business days).

  • Please make sure to fill out the registration form, and show archives staff an ID (student ID, driver’s license, or passport), before accessing the materials.
  • Only pencils and laptop computers may be used within the collections. Scanners and tape recorders are not permitted.
  • All large backpacks, purses, and coats must be checked in and will be stored securely by archives staff.
  • Food, beverages, and chewing gum, are not permitted within the collections.
  • If a copy of a fragile item is available the researcher will be required to consult the copy as opposed to the original. Permission to view the original will be determined by the Archivist.
  • Unless otherwise authorized, researchers may consult only one book or one box of manuscripts at a time. A researcher requesting both book and manuscript materials must consult them separately, unless otherwise authorized.
  • All materials consulted must be handled with great care. Researchers handling materials carelessly will be denied further access to the collections.
  • Materials must remain on the table during use. They are not to be placed in the lap or propped against the table edge.
  • When consulting some types of material, researchers will be required to wear gloves supplied by the department. Loose photographs will always require gloves.
  • Researchers are held responsible for all materials charged to them. Materials may not be transferred from one researcher to another.
  • Cameras are allowed in the reading room, but flash must always be off when photographing items.
  • Cell phone rings must be off when in the reading room doing research.
  • Special Collections provides staff-mediated photocopying and digitization services. Use of digital cameras without a flash is permitted.
  • All duplication of materials in Special Collections and Archives is done by staff only, and the library reserves the right to refuse a copying order if, in the staff's judgment, fulfillment of the order would violate copyright law, or if size or condition of the material does not permit safe copying.
  • Turnaround time for standard reproduction orders is four working days.
  • Due to limited staff we cannot accommodate expedited orders.
  • Photocopies larger than 11x17 cannot be made.
  • No more than 20 photocopies may be made from any single published item.
  • Any necessary restrictions on copying archival and manuscript collections is determined by Special Collections staff.

Duplication and Reproduction Costs:

In-house photocopies - $.10 per page

For patrons requesting photocopies by telephone request or email: $.25 per page with a minimum cost of $10.00.

Photographic Reproductions:

  • 8x10 = $12.00
  • 11 x 17 = $23.00
  • 16 x 20 $28.00

*If you need a size larger than 16x20, please contact the Archivist ([email protected])

Digital Reproductions:

High resolution TIFF = $10/per image
JPEG image = $5/per image

*If the image you need has already been scanned and is online, there is no charge.



Request Stevens Dissertation, Theses, and Reports

Theses, dissertations and reports written by Stevens students do not circulate (they cannot leave the Library) but can be accessed by completing and submitting the thesis request form below. Submissions are processed by Doris Oliver, and the form must be completed as thoroughly as possible.  You will be contacted when the report is available, as they can be picked up at the circulation desk in the Library.

Technical Reports

IEEE/IEE Electronic Library (IEL) IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) includes access to the full text of IEEE content published since 1988 with select content published since 1893 from:
IEEE journals, transactions, and magazines, including early access documents, conference proceedings,journals, IET conference proceedings, published standards, Standards Dictionary Online.
Virtual Technical Reports Center, University of Maryland "The Virtual Technical Reports Center  is a listing of institutions that provide either full-text reports, or searchable extended abstracts of their technical reports on the World Wide Web.  This site contains links to technical reports, preprints, reprints, dissertations, theses, and research reports of all kinds.  Some metasites are  listed by subject categories, as well as by institution.  As of January 1, 2013, this content will be available, but the links will no longer be updated."
NTIS - National Technical Information Service "The National Technical Information Service serves as the largest central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today. For more than 60 years NTIS has assured businesses, universities, and the public timely access to approximately 3 million publications covering over 350 subject areas"
Science.Gov " is a gateway to government science information and research results. Currently in its fifth generation, provides a search of over 55 scientific databases and 200 million pages of science information with just one query, and is a gateway to over 2100 scientific Websites (see fact sheet)."
Science Accelerator "Science Accelerator is a gateway to science, including R&D results, project descriptions, accomplishments, and more, via resources from the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), U.S. Department of Energy.
It was developed to advance discovery and to deliver science information. The resources let you explore significant DOE discoveries, learn about DOE Nobel Prize Winners, access and search scientific e-prints, locate science conference papers and proceedings, and more."
TRAIL-Technical Report Archive and Image Library "The Technical Report Archive & Image Library (TRAIL) is an initiative led by the University of Arizona in collaboration with CRL and other interested agencies to identify, digitize, archive, and provide access to federal technical reports issued prior to 1975. The TRAIL project began under the auspices of the Greater Western Library Alliance  (GWLA).  All GWLA members provided support in the early years of the TRAIL project."
Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC®) serves the DoD community as the largest central resource for DoD and government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today .
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - NEPIS More than 7,000 in-stock and 24,000 digital titles are available to search and retrieve, download, print and/or order from the EPA's National Service Center for Environmental Publications.
Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library The Research Library holds over 3 million unclassified technical reports, in print, microfiche and electronic formats. We are an archival resource for Los Alamos reports, with all formal LA reports since 1943 and many informal LA-URs. Use the databases below, or contact the library by email or phone 667-5809. We have more reports than are shown in the Library Catalog, and access to other resources.
National Transportation Library Transportation Library (NTL) is a repository of U.S. DOT transportation information, serves as a portal transportation data, and provides library services to U.S. DOT employees. NTL’s mission is to maintain and facilitate access to statistical and other information needed for transportation decision-making at the Federal, State, and local levels and to coordinate with public and private transportation libraries and information providers to improve information sharing among the transportation community.
Fire Research Information Services (FRIS) The Research Information Service, formerly known as the Fire Research Information Service (FRIS), is located at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) . It is an information resource center and library available to NIST staff, fire protection engineers, scientists, and fire service personnel around the world. The 80,000 document collection represents a vast resource of information on building and fire research related subjects.
International Atomic Energy Agency INIS Database The International Nuclear Information System (INIS) hosts one of the world's largest collections of published information on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. It offers online access to a unique collection of non-conventional literature. INIS is operated by the IAEA in collaboration with over 150 members.
The above picture is from the National Bureau of Standards Electronic Automatic Computer (SEAC)
Author: NIST
Date: 1950
Document Type: NBS

Computer image processing began at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) in 1957. The construction of the early National Bureau of Standards Electronic Automatic Computer (SEAC) computer made possible the experiments that led to image processing. SEAC, was the first electronic computer with an internally stored program in the United States Government. It was the first of three computers built at NBS.
Technical Reports and Images like this can be found at TRAIL-Technical Report Archive and Image Library