Quiet Study

McHenry Library

McHenry Library has a variety of study spaces spread over five floors. This list is arranged from quietest to busiest, so you can find the environment best suited to your needs.

 

Silent — No talking, cell phones, headphones

4286 The silent reading room on the fourth floor of McHenry Library is the only silent study area in either library. It has several two-person reading tables. There are no individual study carrels. 

Quiet — No group work, cell phones

Fourth floor south This space is filled with individual study carrels, many with power outlets. It has a nice view to the south. There is modest foot traffic from the south stairway to the group study rooms.
Third floor south This space has individual study carrels, a study bar, and a few comfortable seats. The study bar has power outlets.
Second floor southeast corner This is usually the quietest corner on an otherwise busy main floor. It has study tables, comfortable seats, and floor to ceiling windows. There are no study carrels.

Somewhat quiet — No large groups, loud conversation, cell phones

Nion T. McEvoy Family Reading Room This two-story reading room at the south end of the second floor street is filled with four-person reading tables and a few comfortable seats. It is generally quiet, but there is some traffic to and from the stairs, restrooms, and elevators.
Information Commons South This area is located at the south end of the second floor of the library. It has computer workstations, booths, and sofas, and comfortable seats. There is some traffic to printers, copiers, and the learning supplies vending machine, but this area is generally quieter than the Information Commons North.
First floor street This area is adjacent to the Faculty Instructional Technology Center. It contains a mix of four-person tables, comfortable seats, and study carrels. There is some traffic, but not too much. 
Ground floor street This area has a mix of four-person study tables and comfortable seats. It is generally out of the way but gets a fair amount of Media Center and vending machine traffic. 
Media Center The Media Center is located on the ground floor. Its large computer laboratory is generally quieter than the Information Commons North on the second floor. There is traffic to and from the active service desk. 

Active — High-traffic or noisy areas

Fourth floor street This is a busy thoroughfare. It is used to access restrooms, elevators, stairs, book stacks, the administrative suite, and group study rooms. 
Fourth floor reading porches These are located at the southeast and southwest corners. They are nice places to study when the weather cooperates. They have good cell reception compared with most of the rest of the building. Come here to make or receive a call.
Third floor street This is a busy thoroughfare. It is used to access restrooms, elevators, stairs, book stacks, Special Collections, and group study rooms.
Second floor street This is a busy thoroughfare on the library's main floor. It is used to access to restrooms, elevators, stairs, book stacks, the Information Commons, and Dead Central. It is a high-traffic area and noise bleeds in from the foyer and café. 
Information Commons North This is a busy computer lab on the main floor of the library. Students are generally working rather than talking but it is adjacent to the library's very busy main service desk, as well as its busiest public printing station. This is not a place for quiet concentration, but computer workstations do have headphones.

Group spaces — Collaboration

Group study rooms There are bookable study rooms on the second, third, and fourth floors.
Media Center rooms There are bookable group viewing and listening rooms in the Media Center on the ground floor.

Science and Engineering Library

The Science and Engineering Library has study space available on all three floors. This list is arranged from quietest to busiest, so you can find the environment best suited to your needs. There is no silent study room in this library.

 

Quiet — No group work, cell phones

Ching-Yi Dougherty Reading Room This space is located at the rear of the main level. It is filled with floor to ceiling windows, and has a mixture of four-person study tables and comfortable seats.
Upper level The entire upper level, except for the group study rooms, is designated as a quiet study area. There are four-person study tables, individual carrels, and some comfortable seats on this level.

Somewhat quiet — No large groups, loud conversation, cell phones

S. H. Cowell Room This computing laboratory is located on the main level. It is a busy lab with an active printing station but it is usually fairly quiet.
Lower level carrels The individual study carrels on the lower level are usually fairly quiet. However, those near the study tables at the north end of the lower level tend to be noisier.

Active — High-traffic or noisy areas

Main level This level has a variety of study seating, including a laptop bar, computer workstations, four-person study tables, and comfortable seats. The nearer you get to the service desk, the noisier it is likely to be. Do not expect to find a reliably quiet study area on the main level.
Lower level study tables There are several study tables on the lower level. The ones at the north end are popular with large study groups and tend to be noisier.

Group spaces — Collaboration

Group study rooms There are bookable group study rooms on the upper and lower levels.