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First Generation College Student Library Guide

This guide is meant to serve as a resource for first generation college students who may have questions about navigating the library.

Library Tour

The library building

The University Library can be a confusing building to navigate if you aren't familiar with its layout. If you have gotten lost, just know you are not the only one! The building was remodeled in 2006. During this remodel an additional section was added to the library. This section now contains the library entrance as well as additional library spaces on floors 2, 3, and 4. Floors 5 and 6 are still only available through the old section of the building. 

The library entrance can be found on floor 2. You enter the building on floor 1. Move to the front of the building (by Starbucks) and use the escalator, stairs, or elevator to proceed to floor 2 and enter the library.


Floor maps of the library can be located on the Library Floor Map page (found in the About section) or below.

Floor 1

map library first floor

Floor 2

map library second floor

Floor 3

map library third floor

Floor 4

map library fourth floor

Floor 5

Fifth floor map

Floor 6

map library sixth floor


The University Library realizes that not everyone studies the same way. We've striven to create a variety of study spaces to meet as many study needs as possible. 


1) Quiet vs Collaborative Floors

Floors 2, 3, and 4 are collaborative floors. This means that you can expect to hear folks talking, laughing, and studying together. 

Floors 1, 5, and 6 are quiet floors. This means you can expect folks to be working individually and speaking in whispers when needed.


2) Group Study Areas

On collaborative and quiet floors we offer areas for group study.

On collaborative floors this is in the form of large group study areas as well as private study rooms.

On quiet floors we as that you only utilize study rooms for group work to keep the noise level to a minimum on quiet floors. 

To reserve a study room click here.

Pictured above - group or solo study tables on the 3rd floor Grand Reading Room

Pictured above - group or solo movable study tables with white boards on the 2nd floor in the Bronco Community Zone.

Pictured above - booth study seating for group or solo study on the 3rd floor

Pictured above - private study room available to reserve on the library's website.


3) Private Study Areas

Quiet floors in the library also have private study cubes that can be utilized by solo patrons. 

Pictured above - private study cubes on the 5th floor

The University Library has 6 (yes 6!) elevators available for patron use. But not all elevators go to every floor in the library. The below information will provide you a guide on accessing the right elevator in the library.


Elevator to library entrance. 

When you enter the library building on the 1st floor there is 1 elevator to take you to the library entrance. This elevator only moves between floors 1 and 2 outside of the library entrance.


Elevators to floors 2, 3, and 4

When you first enter the library's main entrance on the 2nd floor, there is a bank of elevators just behind the computers and to the right of the circulation desk. These two elevators are in the remodeled section of the library building and will only go to floors 2, 3, and 4. These elevators do not go to floors 1, 5, or 6. 


Elevators to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6

The east elevators, located in the old part of the building, are the only patron elevators that go to every floor of the library. This is also where stairs to every floor are located. 

Below you will find a list of physical resources and where they are located in the library building. 

Computer labs are located on floors 1 (in the 24/7 computer lab), 2, 4, 5, and 6.