Due to a wide variety of student needs, we have both quiet and interactive study spaces. Silent study areas are on the first and second floor in the new section of the building, along the wave shaped windows. If you need help finding a quiet area to study please ask for assistance at any of the public service desks, or look at our Library Floor Maps. Also, earplugs are available for free at the Circulation Desk.
Though the library does have 19 group study rooms, they must serve a total student population of about 20,000. We try to schedule the rooms in a way that allows each group maximum use of the room but we may need to ask groups to leave a room after 3 hours to make it available to others. At times after being asked to leave, you may walk past empty rooms that are waiting for a group that may not have checked in yet.
We are beginning our second year of offering 3-hour reservations. After building additional study rooms in 2015, we were able to increase reservation times from 2-hour to 3-hour periods to better serve our students.
People often wonder about the purpose of these rooms. They are small research offices reserved for the semester by graduate students (Graduate Study Carrels). We have repurposed four of these rooms as Individual Study Rooms, which can be reserved by any student.
In 2009 the library added an additional 100 seats. We’ve noticed during peak times (mid-terms and finals) that it can still be difficult to find a place to work in the library. We added more seating over the 2012 summer and fall semesters. If you still have trouble finding a spot to work please ask our Reference or Circulation staff about areas in the library where you may be able to find seating.
If the computers near the Reference Desk on the first floor are full, there are additional computers on the second floor of the library, and a computer lab in Room 105. In addition, you can check out laptops and iPads at the Circulation Desk for in-library use. If you can’t find a computer, please be sure to ask for help at one of the library’s public service desks.