Sprague library front entrance with welcome sign

Sprague 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
  • Metro Energy Nap Pods
  • 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

Need research help? Research and Reference Librarians are available to help you with all of your information and research needs. You can chat with a librarian 24/7, email us, or make an in-person or virtual appointment through our Ask a Librarian Services.

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

On the left-hand wall, entering the Reference Department room, 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.

student lying in nap pod

When you need a few minutes to kick your feet up and relax, jump into one of our two Metro Energy Nap Pods to restart and refresh your body and mind.

Lower Level

  • Multimedia Resources
  • CAST Multipurpose Room, Room 044
  • 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!

CAST study hall with monitor, desks and, chairs

Room 044 is the CAST multipurpose room which houses our Study Hall service, classroom presentations and workshops. The room features an interactive BenQ touch board for presentations and group work along with individual study spaces with multiple outlets for long term study sessions.

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
  • Relaxation Station
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.

students completing puzzle at library relaxation station

Take a break from the books and sit at one of our relaxation stations where you can complete a puzzle or play a game!