Library Tour

Sprague library entrance

Welcome to the Sprague Library! We’re located near the center of campus, just north of Susan A. Cole Hall and the Red Hawk Deck and across from Morehead and Life Halls.

Main Level

  • Access Services and Resource Sharing
  • Reference Department
  • Printing and Laptop Lending
  • Commuter Study Space
  • Library Instruction Classroom 110
  • Juvenile Book Collection

Access Services Desk

When you enter the library, Access Services is to your left. This is where you would check out any books or media items you would like to borrow, renew items you already have out, find books that your professor may have put on reserve and pickup Interlibrary Loan items. You can also renew books online at My Account.

Reference & Research department

The Reference Department is across from the library entrance. Here you can get help from a librarian with your research, surf the internet or use the study space. You can also speak with a reference librarian on our Live Chat.

Book page scanner

The library has scanners available in the Reference Department and Access Services area. You can use them to scan pages from books or journals that are in print form and e-mail those pages to yourself or save them to a USB drive. Scanning is free.

Book shelves with Pop Picks

The “Pop Picks!” popular reading materials are next to the Access Services desk in the lobby. Here you can find current bestsellers and other popular titles.

New books shelf

Next to the scanners and photocopiers in the Reference Department, there is a display of new books which are available for reading and checking out.

Printers in laptop lending lab

To print in the library, you can check out a laptop from Laptop Lending (main level) or print from one of our public use computers. Printouts will automatically come out double-sided. You can also print from your personal laptop using Papercut.

Laptop Lending desk

Laptop Lending is available on the main floor of the library. Laptops can be checked out for up to four hours and can be used anywhere on campus. Print jobs may be sent to printers at the Laptop Lending counter and may be picked up there.

Commuter Study Space with several tables

The Commuter Study Space is located on this floor and there are also large silent study areas on all levels of the library.

Lower Level

  • Multimedia Resources
  • Faculty and Graduate Student Commons
  • Group Study Rooms and Silent Study Areas
  • Microfilm
  • Book Collection R – Z
Multimedia Department

Multimedia Resources are available on the lower level of the library. This is where you can find DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs, vinyl albums and the equipment to watch or listen to them.

Microfilm machine with monitor

Some older journals and newspapers have not been digitized and are available in microfilm. You can view, print or e-mail these articles using the microfilm reader.

Collaborative Study Rooms

The library has a variety group study rooms, 3 collaborative spaces in Multimedia and 4 small group study rooms on the upper level. Book a study space today!

Large event space

Pictured above is the Faculty and Graduate Student Commons. It is a space designated for individual and group study, and for events and programs for faculty and graduate students.

microfilm collection

Microfilm can be found on the lower level in the same area as the R-Z book collection.  There are also more silent study areas in this room.

moving shelves

The lower level also includes moving shelves, books R-Z, print journals and oversize books. Since some articles aren’t available online, you can find our print journals on the lower level in the new shelves that move at the press of a button!

Upper Level

  • Group Study Areas
  • Silent Study Areas
  • Library Instruction Classroom 203
  • Book Collection A – Q
upper level study area

Upper-Level Study Area

upper level silent study area

Upper-Level Silent Study Area

shelves of circulating books

The stacks are where you can find books to check out of the library. The stacks are separated by call number — call numbers A to Q are on the 2nd Floor, R to Z are on the lower level, and JUV call numbers are in the Reference area.

Lower Level Map

Lost? There are maps of the library posted outside each elevator, as well as on the screens in the lobby, in the commuter study space, and outside the lower level stairwell to help point you in the right direction.

Reference desk

Need help? The Reference desk is where you can get help from a librarian. Stop by in person, call us at 973-655-4291, or e-mail us at