It’s true — don’t judge a book by its cover. McIntyre Library is much more than a place to find books and articles, or a quiet study space. The six floors of McIntyre provide spacious and diverse places to study, research and yes, socialize. Technology helps provide information to students and faculty wherever they are and whenever they need it. It’s often not necessary to come into the library to do research — many library resources are available online. However, the library will always be a place where students gather, exchange ideas, and find help with difficult research questions.
Study and collaboration spaces
McIntyre Library provides spaces for student study, collaboration and creative activity, which can be reserved at the circulation desk for two-hour periods. There are multiple of each of the following type of rooms to rent:
- group study rooms
- a podcasting studio
- presentation rooms for practicing and recording presentations
- listening rooms with TV and DVD
- family friendly study rooms
- collaborative technology rooms and work stations
Along with all the hard work that takes place in the library, it's equally important to know that this is your place for relaxing, socializing, and yes even fun. Each fall there is an After Hours game and fun night in McIntyre, during finals weeks we bring in therapy dogs and other stress-reducing options, and Chancellor Jim even flips pancakes for students every year as part of finals week.
Equipment for student checkout includes:
- Laptops (Mac & Windows PC)
- Portable sound systems
- Arduino and Raspberry Pi electronic kits
- DSLR cameras
- Video and audio recording equipment
- Device chargers
Computers & Printers
The library contains 145 computers for student use, located on all floors. Printers and scanners are also available at no cost — just supply your own paper.
Lots of help with research
Many first year students begin their college careers more than a little nervous about college-level research. If you share those fears, we’ve got the program for you. McIntyre Library staff offer a research instruction program aimed at helping new students tackle those worries and succeed in early research projects and assignments.
Each year, an average of 5500 students attend library research class sessions, and library staff attend to student research needs and questions in one-to-one settings about 3400 times each year. That’s a LOT of available help in making sure that your student research endeavors are successful.
Students can find assistance in the Research Center on a drop-in basis while classes are in session, and also have the option to schedule a session with library staff both during semester or between course sessions.