Using Library Spaces Overview - University Library

The University Library has a variety of study and meeting spaces, including reservable group study rooms, digital scholarship and media creation spaces, and reading rooms open to everyone. There are subject libraries all over campus, as well as the Main Stacks and the Oak High Density Street Storage Facility, which hold materials from all subject areas.

  • Library Locations and Hours – Lists each library’s location, contact information, and hours.
  • Library Maps – Links to sites with maps of where libraries are on campus, as well as a map of the Main Library.
  • Library Websites by College and Major – This list provides links to suggested library websites for specific majors. Relevant collections or expertise may be found in other libraries, especially for majors with interdisciplinary content.
  • Research and Study Spaces – Shows available library research and study spaces, including reservable areas.
    • Study and Collaboration Spaces to Reserve – The Library offers a variety of rooms that can be reserved by groups of 2 or more individuals.  Media Editing computers in the Media Commons at the Undergraduate Library can also be reserved.
    • Main Library Research Carrels – Main Stacks carrels can be reserved as a research space by current U of I faculty, graduate students, and department-sponsored visiting scholars.
    • Oak Street Reading Room – The Reading Room provides a space to use materials housed in the Oak Street High Density Storage Facility. This is particularly useful when you need to consult a large number of books, such as multi-volume sets.
    • Design and Digital Scholarship Spaces – These spaces have specialized hardware and software to encourage media creation and editing, as well as digital scholarship activities.
    • Zoom-friendly Spaces – The University Library supports participation in online classes in some of our designated study spaces.  While not available in all campus libraries, Zoom-friendly spaces are available in some study rooms and areas where conversations are traditionally permitted.