Exploring the Library’s Resources

As the semester progresses, the library wants to make sure students are aware of the opportunities available to them through the library. Many students probably already associate the library with its books, computer clusters, various databases, and numerous special collections, but these resources are only a fragment of the library’s total wealth.

One of the greatest tools the library has to offer is its people. A subject librarian can often be a research paper’s best friend. Subject librarians, on multiple occasions, have been referred to as living, breathing search engines, except they are friendlier. Regardless of whether you are at the beginning of a research project, have reached a dead end in your quest, or if you just need one last source to push your paper over the top, a subject librarian can help. Subject librarians can even be reached off-campus through the chat widget on the library homepage and the SMS text message service (401-285-1272).

In addition to its people, the library is home to thousands of individual spaces. I like to think there are places in the library where no one has ever sat and thought the same thoughts you will think while sitting in these spaces. It is the library’s goal to provide the perfect location for every student to fully reach his or her academic potential. Here are a few locations where you can begin your quest for the perfect study location:

  • Quiet Spaces: The Absolute Quiet Room on Level A of the Rock or the Quiet Center on the fourth floor of the Science Library.
  • Social Spaces: The Friedman Center in the Science library has 27,000 square feet of social and study space. The Finn Reading Room in the Rock provides group study rooms.
  • Late Night Spaces: Both the Science Library and the Rock are open until 2 a.m. The Friedman Center (Level A of the Science Library) is open 24 hours.

Last, but not least, on your next study break, check out the library’s extensive DVD collection or browse the diversion bookshelf in the Rock which is dedicated to leisure reading.