The Samuel C. Williams Library is a research and study facility for the Stevens Institute of Technology community. Stevens is a private university; its facilities, including the Library, have the primary purpose of supporting Stevens’ educational and research programs.
Please see our Library Returns article for updates on the return of Library services during the summer of 2021.
Library Use Policy
Access to and use of the Library is a privilege extended only to members of the Stevens community of students, faculty, and staff. The following principles guide service provision to all users of the Samuel C. Williams Library:
Library users will interact with mutual respect and consideration.
Library users will:
- Swipe their Stevens ID card upon entering the Library. To replace lost ID cards, library users should visit the Campus Card Office.
- Respect private and university property.
- Abide by all university and library policies, licensing, and contractual agreements. The University Policy Library provides a compilation of regulations and policies approved by the University.
- Comply with all requests made by library staff.
- Sign in, if Alumni, at the Circulation Services Desk, in addition to presenting their Alumni ID card obtained from the Office of Alumni Engagement.
- Show valid identification upon request.
- Use the Library resources (content, equipment, or facilities) safely and appropriately.
- Clean up all food trash and place it in the appropriate trash and recycling receptacles.
- Report food or drink spills to the library staff immediately.
- The Library understands that occasionally students may feel the need to rest or nap while studying. The Library reserves the right to request that students refrain from sleeping for extended periods of time, particularly at times when Library space is in heavy demand by students who are studying.
- Napping and sleeping are prohibited in the Library Great Hall area.
- Napping and sleeping while laying down is strongly discouraged on sofas and booths throughout the Library so as to provide adequate study seating space for all students.
- Return library materials and equipment on time. Circulating items that are not returned on time are subject to fines. Details are available in the Borrow and Renew section of the Library website.
- Place furniture back where it was found and refrain from moving furniture to other floors of the building.
- Place books on reshelving carts following in-library use of books.
- Request the permission of the Library Director to film inside the Library to assure privacy and comfort of students studying in the Library.
Priority of use
- Current Stevens students, faculty, and staff have priority access to physical and electronic resources, including computer equipment and facilities.
- Some computers may provide access to unique or specific resources. Use of these resources takes priority over other activities on these computers. These machines may have posted special access rules.
- Library resources and computers are primarily for academic use. Recreational use is permitted but during peak library use periods, priority use is given to non-recreational use of library resources and computers.
- Due to limited seating during peak library use periods, students will not leave their belongings unattended on study tables, carrels, and seats. If belongings are left unattended for more than 15 minutes, the library staff will place an informational card on the items to notify the library user of this policy. Library users who continue to leave their belongings unattended for more than 15 minutes will risk the loss of library use privileges.
Limits of use
The following are prohibited:
- Behaviors that threaten personal safety or the security of personal or university property.
- Behaviors that violate the Stevens Policy on Discrimination and Harassment
- Behaviors that interfere with the activities of other library users or staff, including but not limited to excessive noise, mobile phones, music, hostility, and consumption of food and drink near library equipment and materials.
- Behaviors that violate the Stevens Information Technology Use Policy
- Tampering with computers, equipment, facilities, or any other Library resources; this includes installing or downloading software or adding hardware to library computers.
- Smoking or vaping inside the Library and near Library entrances or windows.
- Use of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs.
- Use of skates, skateboards, hoverboards, bicycles, scooters. These items must be stowed in a manner to avoid trip and fall hazards.
The Samuel C. Williams Library may limit or refuse access to individuals or groups who fail to comply with these guidelines. Interpretation of policies or guidelines is at the discretion of the Library staff.
This policy has been adapted from the MIT Libraries: Library Use Policy through a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License.
This policy was drafted in March-April 2016 by the Library Advisory Board, a group formed in January 2016 comprised of undergraduate students, graduate students, and library staff members.