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Areas for Study and Research


Quiet Study Space

On the first floor, the stacks (to the left of the computer research area) provide many quiet study areas. The tables and carrels alongside the windows facing the Administration Building are very quiet.
On the second floor, Room 203 (through the wooden doors across from the elevator) provides many carrels and tables for quiet study.

Group Study Rooms

For working in groups, the library has several study rooms on the second floor that can be used for two hours by two or more people. These rooms are just off the elevator in the south wing of the library. Rooms 234, 235, 236 and 237 have a flat screen monitor that can be connected to a laptop. All rooms have whiteboards. Keys are checked out from the Circulation Desk.

Audiovisuals, Music Scores and Popular Reading Area (Room 203b)

These materials are located on the second floor. In one corner you will find a collection of popular magazines and newspapers. A kiosk containing a collection of English-language fiction and many bestselling titles can be found here.

Reference Area

In the area where reference books are shelved, you will find a variety of seating options for study. There are tables and leather chairs. Because the Reference and Circulation Desks are nearby, this area is not as quiet as other areas of the library.

Computer Research Area

The computer research area is located to the left of the reference desk. The computers in this area can be used to search the online catalog, databases, journals and the Internet.  

These computershave Microsoft Office software. The Media Center, located on the ground floor of this building, has computers with Microsoft Office software, SPSS statistical software and other software options.

Graduate Computer Rooms

The library has two rooms on the first floor (103 and 105) that are available for graduate student use. These rooms may be used by any student in graduate, professional or doctoral studies.  Each room has four computers with the statistical package SPSS, the qualitative analysis software NVivo and Microsoft Office.  The keys are checked out from the Circulation Desk. Up to four students may check out keys.

Doctoral Study Room

The library has a room for doctoral students to use for research and writing. Room 233 is in the group study room area on the second floor. There are desks and computers for doctoral students actively working on their dissertation. GoPrint services are available in this room.  Keys are checked out at the Circulation Desk for a 4-hour period. The room can be used by up to four students at a time.

Finnegan’s Coffee Shop

Inside the Library’s atrium is Finnegan’s where you can get a cup of coffee and a snack. Tables and chairs in and outside the coffee shop allow students to sit, talk and work while enjoying food and beverages. Finnegan’s, which is operated by Sodexo, is not open during the summer months or during inter-sessions and does not maintain the same hours as the Library.

Rooms Available for Meetings and Special Events Meeting Room Policy

Library Auditorium

Located on the first floor off the foyer of the library, the auditorium (Room 115) is available for large group gatherings.  It has seating for 125 and has computer, projection, sound and lecture capture equipment.  Arrangements for using this room must be made by calling 210-829-3838. This room can be used when the library is closed, but it must be pre-arranged.

Special Collections Room

Located on the second floor of the library, the Special Collections Room (Room 211) is available for special events. It holds the library’s limited, rare and first edition books and is used for University Board Meetings. It has seating for 40. Arrangements to use this room must be made by calling 210-829-3959.

Sterling International Conference Room

This small conference room seats 16 and is available for special meetings. Arrangements to use this room must be made by calling 210-829-3959.

Computer Room 230

This computer room is used primarily for information literacy training. It contains 30 computers and has projection capability. It can be reserved by faculty and staff, but it is not available as a scheduled classroom lab. Arrangements to use this room must be made by calling 210-829-3841.

Checking on Rooms Availability in Outlook
If you have an Outlook on-campus account you can check availability of rooms by looking in the Public Folders under Library. It lists a calendar for each room where reservations can be made. Download this handout for further instructions on the process. Room Requests and Availabilty