iPad Lending Fall 2013

This semester the library will pilot an iPad lending program. Students will be able to borrow iPads for 4 hours at a time. We hope this program will provide you with your technology needs.

Please visit the Circulation Desk. Fill out the lending form and read the terms of agreement and have the desk attendant complete the form and you'll be on your way!

Limited quantity of iPads are available and lending is based on first come, first serve


  • Only current faculty, staff and students may check out iPads. Patrons must have a valid library account in good standing and must read, agree to, and sign the iPad Loan Agreement.
  • The iPad Loan Agreement must be read and signed each time an iPad is borrowed. Only one iPad can be checked out per person. Under no circumstances will a user be allowed to check out an iPad for another person.
  • iPads can be checked out from the Samuel C. Williams Library circulation desk during regular operating hours. The loan period is 4 hours within the library for students, faculty, and staff.
  • iPads are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The Samuel C. Williams Library cannot guarantee that an iPad will be available. iPads can be renewed only if there is no one waiting for an iPad. Borrowers must check at the desk to at the end of their loan period to see if they can renew.
  • All iPads must be returned to the Library circulation desk during regular operating hours.
  • A $5.00 late fee per hour (not to exceed $25 per day) will be assessed if the iPad is returned past its due time. Fines will be recorded on the borrower's library record and may result in borrowing and registration restrictions.
  • The working condition of the iPad will be assessed before checkout and upon its return. Users are responsible for damage to and/or loss or theft of loaned units. Users are required to report any problems experienced with the iPad during their borrowing period.
  • The replacement cost for a lost, stolen, or damaged iPad is $600. A charge of$40.00 will be assessed for each lost power cord and adapter; $50 for a lost case. Damage charges will be assessed based on the actual repair costs. If an iPad is 3 days overdue, it is considered lost or stolen, and the borrower will be charged for its replacement

iPads available for checkout have 16gb of storage and are equipped with WiFi. iPads come with preloaded sample files and applications, but users may sync additional data and applications, with the understanding that all data will be wiped and replaced with the standard preloaded files and apps when the iPad is returned to the Samuel C. Williams Library. Any additional apps or media purchased by the borrower during the loan period must be done with the borrower's own funds, and is not the responsibility of the Library. Any data or documents saved to o the iPad by the patron during the loan period will be permanently erased during the restore process.



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 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 (

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.