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Overview of types of study space available in the various UW Libraries, including general areas and special-purpose spaces, such as study rooms and computer labs.

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Coe Level 4 Central: Quiet study sign

 

Coe level 2 east:  study area

 

Geology first floor: study area

 

Coe level 2 east: computer lab

 

Overview

The UW Libraries provide a variety of study arrangements for quiet and group study.  This guide describes what is available in Coe Library, Geology Library, the Learning Resource Center, and the Library Annex.

  • Quiet Study:  designated areas that provide limited distractions and are equipped with furniture for one or two persons.
  • Group Study:  designated areas of tables and lounge furniture that allow groups to work on projects or study together.  Such areas tend to produce a "scholarly buzz."
  • Computers:  accessible through labs, check-out laptops, some study rooms, or using your own laptop with the University's wireless.
  • Study Rooms:  allow individuals or groups to use whiteboards and, in many cases, share a computer.  Reserving rooms can be done through Reserve-a-Room or in-person at the appropriate Circulation Desk.
  • Coffee Shop:  allow informal study with refreshments.

Coe Library Study Space

William Robertson Coe Library, UW's largest library, has approximately 1,500 study spaces and the widest range of study options.  [Hours]

Quiet Study:  Open areas on levels 3 and 4 of the bookstacks are dedicated to quiet study.  There is seating for 300+ at tables, carrels, and lounge chairs. 

Group Study:  Open areas on levels 1, 2 and 5, plus the east end of level 3 are available for group study (including the McMurry Reading Room 268).  There is space for up to 720+ at tables and lounge areas in these areas. 

There are 4 collaborative pods on levels 1 and 2, each with space for up to for five users. 

Computers:  There are 125 computers in labs managed by UW IT on levels 1, 2, and 3.  Some are set up for individual use and some are set up for both individual and small group use.  Coe Circulation lends laptops for in-library use and iPads for out-of-library use.  Wireless service is accessible throughout the building.

Study Rooms:  18 study rooms (located located throughout the building) are available for individual and group study.  They  are equipped with tables and whiteboards; most of the rooms have computers and large, wall-mounted monitors.  For particulars on study room capacity or equipment see the Reserve-a-Room or inquire at the Circulation Help Desk.

The two media viewing rooms on level 1 have chairs and media players connected to wall-mounted monitors.  Reservations may be made through Reserve-a-Room or at the Media Help Desk.

Coffee Shop:  The Book & Bean, located near the Coe entrance on level 2, has 25 seats primarily for coffee shop's clientele but they can pursue collaborative work at the same time.  Additional food services are available in the nearby Wyoming Union.

Other:  The Media area on level 1 has individual viewing/listening carrels.  Coe Library also contains the Chisum Special Collections Reading Room, whose tables are dedicated to use of the collections and not for general study.

Coe level 4 west: quiet study

 

Geology Library Study Space

The Brinkerhoff Geology Library, located in the Geology Building, has limited study space and a small number of student computers.  [Hours]

Quiet Study:  None of the areas in the Library are designated for quiet study, although the lower level is typically quiet.

Group Study:  There is no designated group study area in the Library, although there is an area in the basement that has a table with an adjacent whiteboard that may accommodate up to six at a time.

Computers:  The Library has six student computers located on both first floor and basement.  There is also a student scanner available nearby.  Wireless service is accessible throughout the facility.

Study Rooms:  There are no study rooms in the Geology Library.

Coffee Shop:  There are no food purveyors in the Library.

Learning Resource Center (LRC) Study Space

The Learning Resource Center (or LRC), located in Education Building 222, has study space space for 40 people at tables and lounge areas as well as an Electronic Classroom.  [Hours]

Quiet Study:  None of the areas in the LRC are designated for quiet study.

Group Study:  The LRC provides one meeting room for group study that has a maximum capacity of 12 people. This meeting space must be reserved in advance when the Lab School is in operation mid-August through mid-June, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  You can make reservations by contacting the LRC.

Computers:  The LRC has a computer lab with a 18 computer capacity.  This lab must be reserved in advance when the Lab School is in operation mid-August through mid-June, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  You can make reservations by contacting the LRC.  Wireless service is available throughout the LRC.

Study Rooms:  There are no study rooms in the LRC.

Coffee Shop:  Food and drinks are not permitted in the LRC.  Please be aware we are also a nut-free zone.  

      

Library Annex Study Space

The Library Annex, located in the basement of the Science Complex, is primarily a storage facility for older journal volumes and the U.S. government documents collection.  It has up to 75+ study spaces, including six study rooms. [Hours] [Floor Map]

Quiet Study:  No areas are designated for quiet study.

Group Study:  There are 46 spaces at tables and lounge areas that are designated for collaborative study.  However the library is normally quiet.

Computers:  There is no computer lab in the Annex, although there is a large lab down the hall.  Personal laptops can be used with the facilities wireless service.

Study Rooms:  The two large (each with space for 10) and four small (each with space for 3) study rooms are available for individual and group study.  All rooms contain tables and whiteboards.  Reservations may be made Reserve-a-Room or at the Circulation Desk.

Coffee Shop:  There are no food purveyors in the Annex; however there are vending machines across the hall and food purchased there may be brought into the Annex.