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Study & Quiet/Silent Spaces

Whether you want a quiet room to yourself or need to accommodate a group, Atkins offers a variety of reservable study rooms and spaces to fit your needs.

Atkins recently introduced Sound Level Designations by floor to help students determine what areas best serve their study needs. Ground through third floors are collaborative study spaces; the tower floors are quiet study spaces; silent study rooms are located on the ground floor in compact shelving and on the first floor in the graduate/silent study room. Request assistance through Chat at the bottom of the website if you have problems with noise or other disruptions of your study environment.

Atkins Library is a busy place. Most common areas from the ground through the third floor are collaborative study spaces, so conversations are expected. If you need quiet while you study we provide a number of spaces that are designated as Quiet or Silent study:

Silent Study

  • Ground Floor Room G02 - Compact Shelving/ Graduate and Silent Study
  • First Floor Room 115 - Graduate and Silent Study

Quiet Study

  • Floors 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10

Collaborative Study, except where noted.

  • Features collaborative study rooms for groups as well as spaces for individual and informal study.
  • The Compact Shelving area is also designated as Silent Study

Collaborative Study, except where noted

  • Large tables are placed throughout the second floor for independent study or group study.
  • Carrels and soft seating are available along the back corridor of the Atrium
  • The area on the west side of the building has been designated as a Silent Study for graduate students and anyone wanting a distraction-free place to work.

Collaborative Study

  • Large tables are placed throughout the second floor for independent study or group study. A number of group study rooms are located just outside and inside the west end of the building.
  • The second floor also offers various individual seating options.
  • The ANSWER Family-Friendly Library Rooms 206 & 209 are designed as a campus resource to help adult students excel in their academic programs while caring for children and dependents.
  • The Curriculum and Instruction Materials Center (CIMC) is a specialized collection of resources for preschool through high school educators. Its primary mission is to assist education majors in the development of instructional activities by providing access to state-of-the-art instructional resources and technologies.

Collaborative Study

  • The third floor has many computers (Macs and PCs) available for student use. Large tables throughout this floor provide areas for independent or group study.
  • Three Nap Pods are located in the nook on the east side of the third floor overlooking the Student Activities Center (SAC) and Halton Arena. The Nap Pods are reservable for one-hour sessions through the library's Study Room reservation system.

Quiet Study

  • Floors five through eight  have large tables for quiet study and plenty of space for individuals or groups looking for quiet study spaces.
  • These floors also offers great views of the campus.

Quiet Study

  • Special Collections & University Archives on the 10th Floor is where you’ll find unpublished materials like archival records, photographs, maps, manuscripts, oral history recordings, and rare books.
  • Although it's open for quiet study, we ask that all those who study here follow the rules of the Dalton Reading Room, which help us to preserve these unique and rare resources (i.e. food and drink are not allowed and you must leave your backpack at the front of the room.)  Additionally, we must give seating priority to those using special collections materials.
  • Also on the 10th floor is an open quiet study area with comfortable seating and views of the campus and surrounding area.