Library Tour

Sprague library entrance

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

Main Level

  • Access Services
  • Reference Department
  • Printing and Laptop Lending
  • Silent Study Areas
Front desk

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

Reference Desk and surrounding computer stations

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. Unfortunately, printing is not available from these computers. More on printing later in this presentation.

scanning station

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.

Pop Picks! shelves

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 shelves

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

laptops available at printing station

To print in the library, you can either check out a laptop from Laptop Lending (main level) or use one of the printing stations. 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.

study area

There are also large silent study areas on both the main level (pictured above) and upper level of the library.

Lower Level

  • Multimedia Department
  • Group Study Rooms and Silent Study Areas
  • Microfilm
Multimedia Department

The Multimedia Department is on the lower level of the library. This is where you can find DVDs, CDs and the equipment to watch or listen to them.

Multimedia Service Desk

The Multimedia Service Desk is also located on the lower level of the library.

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.

group study rooms

The library has several group study rooms, three in Multimedia and four small group study rooms on the upper level.

silent study room

Pictured above is the silent study room for faculty and graduate students. Get the key for this room from the Multimedia Services desk.

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 periodicals 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
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.

map of library

Lost? There are maps of the library posted at the stairwells 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