The Robert W. Van Houten Library, NJIT’s university library, is located in the Central Avenue Building (CAB) and serves as the primary facility for researching, studying, and browsing physical materials and online resources. In 1997, the Van Houten Library created the Information Commons, a computer lab with over 120 computer workstations. Today, it also houses the Information Training Lab, the Leir Data Observatory, and the IST Service Desk.
The Barbara and Leonard Littman Architecture & Design Library, a branch of the university’s library, is located in Weston Hall. It maintains a core collection of materials on architecture, art, and design: books, journals, maps, architectural drawings, various media, and models. The Littman Library also houses the Digital Scholarship Lab, Mostoller Reading Room, and Materials Library, a collection of materials samples.
The library collection comprises over 592,000+ volumes of print books and electronic books, journals, conference proceedings, reports, media, dissertations, and theses. The library spends over 95% of its materials budget on acquiring electronic resources accessible anytime and anywhere. Online resources include ACM Digital Library, Academic Search Premier, Artstor, ASTM International Standards, Avery Index, Business Source Premier, Factiva, IEEE Xplore, JSTOR, New York Times Online, ProQuest Academic Complete Ebook Central, ScienceDirect, SciFinder, Scopus, SPIE Digital Library, SpringerLink (includes Lecture Notes in Computer Science), Statista Expert, Wiley Online Library, and many more. A centralized "search all" portal delivers a single search experience of most electronic library resources.
The library strives to help students do their best work by offering a variety of individual and collaborative study spaces throughout the NJIT Library, including designated silent study areas and group study rooms with large display monitors for teamwork. The Leir Data Observatory provides a dedicated high-tech space for students and faculty to mutually study data science. See more about library services.
Access to print and electronic resources starts at the Van Houten or the Littman Libraries home pages. Subject access to the journal literature in engineering, science, computer science, management, mathematics, architecture, design, and other subject areas is provided by various electronic databases.
Professional librarians provide instruction and consultation in all subject areas to enhance the student, faculty, and staff’s ability to connect efficiently with needed information. Research help is available in person, by phone/text or via email, and through live chat during selected hours. Not sure where to begin, the “Starting Your Research” and other guides will help master the research process.
Students, faculty, and staff may supplement NJIT library resources by borrowing free of charge materials from the New Jersey Academic Library Network (NJALN) via Primo Discovery, Rutgers University – John Cotton Dana Library and the George F. Smith Health Sciences Library, the Newark Public Library, and the other state colleges and universities in New Jersey.
Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services can also provide free of charge materials to the students and researchers from anywhere globally, fulfilling article requests within 24-hours.
Included among NJIT’s resources are the university’s historical archive of artifacts developed and manufactured by Edward Weston. He was a scientist, a prolific inventor, and a founding member of the university’s board of trustees. A collection of Dr. Weston’s books, papers, and drawings is housed in the Rare Book room and available to scholars and others interested in the history of science and technology.