This tour will acquaint you with services and resources offered in the Undergraduate Library. It will show you where you can get assistance from Undergraduate Library staff and show you where you will find copiers, scanners, computers, printers, and more.
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Follow the tour by walking to your right and continuing around the upper level of the
library until you return to your starting point.
More information about a local can be found by locating the corresponding numbers below the map.
The Circulation Desk is the location you will use to:
The Research Desk is the location you will use to:
The Partners Desk is the location you will use to:
Near the windows and scattered throughout the library are
computers to help you begin your research; these computers also include the
Microsoft Suite of products. For those who prefer MacIntosh, there are also I-Macs on the north
wall of the upper level of the library. These include both the Adobe and I-Life Suites to
accommodate high-end graphic design work. We also have both MacIntosh and Windows laptops
available for checkout at our
Please note that the entire library is wireless. In addition there are many walk-up jacks along the walls and pillars to accommodate your laptop computer.
At times you may need to print copies of the article or information you find during your searching. Printers are located on the left side of the windows at the front of the library. To find out more about what you can print, how much it costs, and how to download software to your laptop to print on library printers, visit our Printing Information page.
The Reference Collection contains basic print reference books, including statistical abstracts, selected subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, citation tools and more, selected to help undergraduates start researching. This is a great place to get background information on research topics. There is also a more extensive Reference Collection by subject online. The Reference librarians and Graduate Assistants at the Research Desk are available during most hours to help you make the best use of these print and online resources.
The Career Information Section (also known as the Career Cluster), located at the end of the Reference Collection, contains print materials that can help you prepare for a variety of admissions and placement tests for college and graduate school programs, put together a résumé, or even get ready for a job interview. For more information about the resources or for help navigating the collection, visit our information page about the Career Information Section.
The campus Career Center and the Undergraduate Library operate this area jointly. Resume workshops are held several times throughout the semester at the Partners desk.
If you look around the library you will note there are many Group Study Tables. Many of them also have a computer on them, often helpful when completing group projects. Talking at a normal volume is allowed and even encouraged on this level.
As you walk back toward the Writers Workshop, note the Collaboration Rooms (also known as group study rooms). These study rooms accommodate up to six students and include a white board. Some rooms include a TV and DVD/VCR combo unit. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis but can be booked ahead of time. To find out how to book a collaboration room, see our Study Room informational page.
The English Department operates the Writers Workshop, where experienced tutors are available to help you. You may make an appointment or just walk in to discuss any aspect of the writing process. The hours of operation are posted on the door.
Just past the Writers Workshop and throughout both levels of the library you will find copy machines. To find out how much these services cost and how to make copies, see our Photocopiers and Copy Cards information page.
Room 295, the Media Viewing Room, is used for groups of students or classes viewing movies and films.
Room 291 is the Undergrad Teaching Lab. This lab is used for library instruction classes and library workshops.
To the left of the Library Instruction classroom is a CITES computer lab, Room 289, which is open most of the same hours as the Undergraduate Library. A CITES consultant is on duty in the lab at all times to assist you if you have questions or problems.
At our Gaming Center you can play video games from a variety of systems (PSP, Wii, X-Box, and more!). Visit our gaming initiative page to see what is available for checkout and how to use the gaming center.
Along the north wall of the library are shelves that contain the most recent issues of the library's periodicals. Many students enjoy taking a break between classes to read their favorite magazine, journal, or newspaper. You will also notice bookshelves that house the newest fiction and nonfiction books acquired by the library.
Right in front of the Magazine and New Books Area are Scanning Stations. This includes scanners attached to computers as well as our large book scanning station (which scans materials to a USB drive). Besides this area, you will also find other scanners attached to computers throughout the upper level of the Undergraduate Library. To find out how to use one of these scanners, see our Printing and Scanning information section.
As you exit through the glass doors you will note the gated area in the foyer. In order to leave the Undergraduate Library, everyone must pass through these security devices. They prevent patrons from exiting the library with library materials that have not been properly checked out. Attempting to carry out such items sets off an alarm that alerts library staff.
Follow the tour by walking to your right and continuing around the lower level of the
library until you return to your starting point.
More information about a local can be found by locating the corresponding numbers below the map. If you are looking for quiet study space in the Undergrad, this is where you want to come. Keep in mind when working on this floor other students expect you to respect the Quiet Study signs.
The Question Board is an anonymous question and answer service provided by the Undergraduate Library. Students submit questions, mostly about trivia and general information on forms located at the Question Board or online.
Just ahead of the Question Board and throughout both levels of the library you will find copy machines. To find out how much these services cost and how to make copies, see our Photocopiers and Copy Cards information page.
To your right you will note shelves that contain older issues of magazines and journals the Undergrad subscribes to. The Undergraduate Library subscribes to dozens of magazines and journals, ranging from Rolling Stone and Gentleman’s Quarterly to Philosophical Review and New England Journal of Medicine. All periodicals are arranged alphabetically by title. This arrangement is used by many other libraries on campus. You may not check out periodicals from the Undergraduate Library, but, as you have just seen, many photocopy machines are located in this area for you to copy any articles or pictures you want to take with you.
Beyond the bound periodicals you will find the beginning of the Undergraduate Library’s Circulating Book Collection. The books are shelved using the Library of Congress system, so call numbers start with A and then continue around the back of the building in the shape of a large horseshoe to call numbers starting with Z. You can find oversized books on the lower shelves. As you make your way around the stacks, notice the study carrels, or individual study booths, available to you for quiet study.
The cubicles on the north wall are equipped for viewing the library's Media Collection. These stations are available to users on a first-come, first-serve basis. Learn more about the equipment in the media booths and how to use them by visiting our Media Viewing Space informational page.
Right past the Media Viewing Booths you will find our two Media Editing Rooms and two Reading Rooms. The Media Editing Rooms have Macs with specific software to help you create and edit movies and audio files. The Reading Rooms just house a table and chairs but are perfect when you want a quiet space of your own to study. To see how to check out a key to one of these rooms, see our Media Editing Room policy page.
On the shelves across from the Question Board is the library's circulating Media Collection. Included are a wide variety of materials on videocassette, audiocassette, CD and DVD. The media collection is enclosed to ensure that media material stays in the media section until you are ready to check it out at the desk located in the media collection. You can also check out materials at our Self Check Stations behind the desk. There are lockers to hold your personal items while you browse. To learn more about how to search the collection and the circulation policies for media items, visit our Media Collection information page.