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Equipment & Computers

The Physics Library closed permanently on June 9, 2010 at 6 p.m. Services are transitioning to the new Engineering Library, expected to open during Summer 2010. Thank-you very much for your patience and understanding during this transition. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Physics Library ( or 650-723-4342) even after the June 9 closure.

Computers | Photocopy Machines | Cash-to-Card Machine | Scanner | VCR/DVD/Laser Disc Player


The Physics Library houses seven Windows-based workstations, available primarily for searching the library catalog and using other library resources. Three "Public Kiosks" do not require initial login. Four "Stanford Kiosks" require Stanford ID for login/use. One of these Stanford kiosks serves as the Astronomy/Chemistry workstation, providing access to specialized astronomy and chemistry resources. For additional software needs such as MATLAB and Mathematica, consult the list of Computer Clusters at Stanford, and follow links to specific clusters to view software available in each cluster.


Printing from the library kiosks is available. One laser printer provides single-sided, black & white printouts on 8.5x11 paper at 10¢/page. A second laser printer provides color printouts on 8.5x11 paper at 50¢/page. Two different systems control printing services: the print accounting system (on Stanford kiosks) and the Diebold Card Swipe System (on Public kiosks). Under these systems, a vend card account (either a copy card or a Campus Card) is required for printing. Details are available on Printing--For Public Users of the Library and Printing--For SUNet ID Users.

Network Connections

Two wallplates in the library have active network jacks for Stanford faculty, students, and staff to make a wired connection to the Stanford network. To connect, laptops must be registered for roaming Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). For registration help, students living in the residences should see their Residential Computing Coordinator (RCC). Other students, faculty, and staff, please see your department's network administrator or contact HelpSU or 725-HELP(4357). Additional information is available on Laptop Network Connections.

Wireless Access

Wireless access to the Stanford network is available in the Physics Library to SUNet ID holders. To connect, your wireless card must be registered for roaming service. Even if your laptop is already registered for roaming DHCP, you will need to have the hardware address of your wireless card registered as well. For registration help, students living in the residences should see their RCC. Other students, faculty, and staff please see your department's network administrator or contact HelpSU or 725-HELP(4357). For further information, see Wireless Networking at Stanford or ITSS' Wireless Network.

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Photocopy Machines

The Physics Library houses a photocopy room, located on the first floor of the library behind the Librarian's office. To access the photocopy room, walk down stacks aisle two and turn left into the room. The room contains one self-service Konica Minolta photocopy machine, one Physics Department copy machine, and a VCR, DVD, and Laser Disc Player viewing station.

The self-service Konica Minolta photocopy machine provides single- and double-sided black & white copies. Copies can be made on 8.5x11, 8.5x14, or 11x17 paper. The copier accepts vend cards only*; copies cost 13¢/page. No receipts are available for copies made. A Cash-to-Card machine located adjacent to the photocopy room allows users to purchase or add value to vend cards. Nearby locations to make change include Bytes Café in the Packard Building, Ciao! in the Terman Engineering Center, and various locations in Tresidder Union. Please see the Stanford University Libraries Photocopying page for more details.

The room's self-service Physics Department copy machine is operated by the Physics Department Copy Center. This copier accepts five-digit Physics Department account numbers only. For more information, consult staff in the Physics Department Stockroom.

*Coin-operated photocopy machines are available at the Art, Biology (closest), Earth Sciences (also close), Education, Music, and SAL1&2 Libraries.

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Cash-to-Card Machine

A Cash-to-Card machine is located near the photocopy room at the end of aisle one. The machine accepts $20.00 (pre-3/2006 style only), $10.00 (pre-10/2003 style only), $5.00 (pre-3/2008 style only), and $1.00 bills. Cash-to-Card machines that accept new-style bills are located at Terman Engineering (closest), Green, Lane, and Meyer Libraries, and at Tresidder Computer Cluster and the Schiff House at Governor's Corner.

To pay for photocopies or printing, library users with a Stanford ID Card can add money to their card at this machine. See Campus Card for additional information. Library users without a Stanford ID may purchase a copy card from the Cash-to-Card machine. A copy card costs $1.00 and may only be purchased using a one dollar bill. After purchasing the card, value may be added to it; there is no value on the card until you add it.

Cash-to-Card Machine Alternatives

In addition to adding money to cards via Cash-to-Card machines:

  • Stanford students may add money to their Stanford ID online with the Epay system or at the Bursar's office.
  • Stanford faculty and staff may add money at the Bursar's office.
  • Currently, there are no alternatives for visitors. Without a card, visitors cannot print or make copies.

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The Physics Library provides an Epson Perfection 4490 PHOTO scanner, which is available for black and white or color scanning of images up to 8 x 11 inches in format. The scanner is located adjacent to the Astronomy/Chemistry Workstation on the main level of the library.

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VCR/DVD/Laser Disc Player

The Physics Library has a VCR, DVD, and Laser Disc viewing station, located in the library's photocopy room. A remote control is required to run the DVD player. This remote is available at the library's circulation desk. Ask library staff for help with headphones.

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Last modified: June 8, 2010

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