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Find Your Space at the Library

Group Study

Study in groups anywhere from the Lower Level to Floor 3.

This time of year is an exciting time to be a librarian, because the Library is always bustling with activity as students make use of the staff expertise, print and electronic resources, technology, and study spaces available throughout the building.

With all this activity, it is important to remember that the Library strives to provide spaces conducive to both solitary and collaborative study, so that individual students concentrating on a final project or exam are not disrupted by groups of students working on a group project or presentation.

Solitary Study

Study in quiet on Floors 3M, 4 and 4M.

In other words, we have space for everyone!

If you want to meet with a group and collaborate, consider using any available spaces from the Lower Level to Floor 3.  If your group wants some privacy, you may also wish to reserve a conference room on Floor 2M or Floor 3M:

If you want to study in silence, then head up to Floors 3M, 4, or 4M.  These floors are our quiet floors and you can expect minimal noise distractions.  If things are getting loud on these floors, contact the first floor Service Desk staff in-person or via phone, IM, or email and we will happily and promptly make sure things quiet down.

Also, don’t forget that the Library has extended hours until December 17, so there is plenty of time to head on over, find your space, and work on the semester’s final projects, papers, exams, and presentations.

We can’t wait to see you!

A New and Improved Access Policy

There has sometimes been confusion about accessing the Library building at the end of the evening. In White_AppleWatch_with_Screenorder to clarify and simplify our practices and make them more consistent throughout the semester, Library staff, along with Public Safety and Facilities staff, explored alternatives that we hoped students would find more satisfactory. We have settled on a new policy that we believe balances both security and ease of access.

Starting September 2nd, when the Library resumes normal operating hours, Library doors will lock one hour prior to closing, but students will be able to tap their Wheelock IDs to gain entry until closing time. While we still recommend that you give yourself at least 10 minutes to print and will still require everyone to vacate the building at closing time, this new practice guarantees students will have use of the building up until that time.

Further, while we will make every effort to make this change seamless, if you encounter any issues please follow the signage posted on the door directing you to call the Service Desk (617-879-2220) or Public Safety (617-879-2151) from your cellphone or the campus phone provided at the door. You can also email me at with any questions, concerns, or complaints.

tl;dr: If you need to access the Library one hour before closing, you will need to tap your Wheelock ID to gain entry and follow the instructions posted on the door if you encounter any issues.

Library Code of Conduct (a.k.a. Shhhh

Yes, we have one.

For many years we have not advertised or explicitly reminded Library users of the standards for behavior, believing self-regulation and peer enforcement to be the preferred methods for ensuring a safe, secure, and welcoming environment conducive to study and research. But the survey of students we conducted last spring told us otherwise. It was very clear from your comments that many of you did not find the Library conducive to study and research because it was noisy. And that you wanted Library staff to do something about it.
To make the expectations of appropriate behavior explicit and clear, we have posted the Code of Conduct on the Library’s webpage and physically in the building, and staff members are actively working to rebuild a culture of respectful peace and quiet. We invite you to join us. The easiest way to make the Library quieter is for all of us all to be quiet; simple, but not necessarily easy. So we may at times remind you of the community’s need for the Library to be a quieter place, a.k.a. Shhhh…

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Searching for Peace and Quiet?

Last spring, the Library conducted a student satisfaction survey. Many survey respondents asked for more quiet space in the Library. You asked, we listened!

Starting this fall, the following areas in the Library are Quiet Zones:

  • Basement computer labs
  • Floor 3M
  • Floor 4
  • Floor 4M

Conversations in the Quiet Zones need to be brief and– you guessed it– quiet. Cell phone use is prohibited. If you need to watch a video or listen to music on a computer, you must use headphones.

The Quiet Zones are places for you to study and work on class assignments in peace. If you need to do group work or have a conversation, you are welcome to do so on Floors 1-3, or in the conference rooms on floors 2M and 3M. Even in these “Non-Quiet Zones,” though, the noise should be kept to a respectful level.

If you’re ever bothered by noise in any area of the Library, Quiet or Non-Quiet, let a staff member know right away! We are happy to help.

Don’t forget to bring those items back!

As the end-of-semester break approaches, we would like to remind students to return any materials they have checked out of the Library by Tuesday, December 16. Unsure of what items are checked out in your name? Use the My Account feature of the FLO catalog to check your record. Directions on how to use this feature can be found here.

If the Library is closed when you come to return your items, you can use the drop box located to the right of the door. Just open the slot and slide the materials down the chute. Please do not leave materials outside the Library door – if something is damaged or stolen, you will be responsible for the cost of replacing it.

Thanks in advance for your prompt returns!