Facilities and Policies


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. There are single carrels for individual study.
    On the second floor, Room 203 (through the wooden doors across from the elevator) provides many carrels and tables for quiet study.  As this area is designated for quiet study, please use other areas of Mabee Library for group and collaborative study.  The Library Atrium, the reference room (to the right of the reference desk), and the second-floor lounge area can be used for group work.
  • Group Study Rooms

    Students working on group projects and assignments can use one of Mabee Library’s group study rooms (located on the second floor).  These rooms are not for individual study.  Rooms may be used by two or more for up to two hours.  These rooms are just off the elevator in the south wing of Mabee Library. Some rooms support connection to electronics. All rooms have whiteboards. Check with circulation staff to inquire about rooms and to get keys.  Because these rooms are in high-demand, if groups are waiting, time limits will be enforced.  Please keep noise at a level acceptable for an academic library and leave the space clean for the next group.

  • 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.
  • Reference Area

    The Reference Room houses the Reference Collection and provides students with a variety of seating options for study. There are traditional tables, power tables, and comfortable leather chairs. Because the Reference and Circulation Desks are nearby, this area is not as quiet as other areas of the library.  It is designated as a collaborative work area.  Staff are on hand to assist you.  Please stop by one of the service desks.

  • Mabee Library Research Lab

    The area to the left of the reference desk is for students and library users to conduct research using the workstations. The computers in this area may be used to search the extensive collection of UIW Libraries resources via the Library Online Discovery Catalog, various databases and e-journals and the Internet.  

    These computers have Microsoft Office software, SPSS statistical software and other software options that are used by various curricular programs.

  • 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 or by UIW faculty.  Each room has four computers with the statistical package SPSS, the qualitative analysis software NVivo and Microsoft Office.  The keys are checked out at the Circulation Desk. Up to four (4) students may check out keys for four (4) hours.  Please report issues to Circulation Desk staff.
  • Doctoral Study Room

    The library has several doctoral student support space. Room 233 is in the group study room area on the second floor. This space is for doctoral students in the dissertation writing phase. Keys are checked out at the Circulation Desk for up to four (4) hours. This space may be occupied by one or more persons. The Graduate Support Center provides graduate students with writing support in Room 238 several afternoons a week. Graduate Writing Support

Meeting Rooms and Other Facilities

  • Meeting Rooms

    The library has meeting spaces which can be scheduled by the UIW community. The Mabee Library Auditorium may be reserved by outside groups dependent on availability and in coordination with the Special Events Office.  With the exception of the ML Auditorium, spaces are not available when Mabee Library is closed.  The Library Auditorium can be used outside Mabee Library hours with special arrangements for security and house-keeping.  These arrangements should be made through the Special Events Office.

    Rooms Available for Meetings and Special Events Meeting 

    Room Policy

  • Finnegan's Coffee Shop

    Inside Mabee Library’s Atrium is Finnegan’s Coffee Shop where library users can get a cup of coffee, a snack, and a take a break. Tables and chairs in and outside the coffee shop allow students and community 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 intersessions and establishes its own hours independent of Mabee Library.

Map of Mabee Library