University Library

About The Library

McDonald Library photoThe McDonald Library is located on the academic mall near Dana Avenue. This building contains most the the library's collections, including archives and special collections. The Conaton Learning Commons is located at the corner of Dana Avenue and Francis Xavier Way. This building hosts the Connection Center, an integrated service point, blending library and IT services. The two buildings are joined together on the third and second floors. 


Students studying inside the Library photoThe juvenile and folio collections are located on the first floor of the McDonald Library. The second floor contains periodicals with current issues. Part of the main collection (PQ-Z) and audiovisuals are also housed on the second floor. The third floor contains the majority of the main collection (A-PQ) as well as reference, archives, and special collections. McDonald Library provides study, lounge, and instruction space with an emphasis on individual and quiet study. It houses photocopiers, computer workstations, and printers.


Students working together in a study room inside the library photo

The Conaton Learning Commons provides study, lounge, and instruction space, with an emphasis on group study and collaboration. There are ten group study rooms that vary in seating capacity from two to ten people. Nine of the rooms have plasma screen projection with data access. There are photocopiers, printers, scanners, and computer workstations. There are vending machines and a student kitchenette on the second floor.


Library connected to first level of Conaton Learning Commons, where students are studying photoThe Connection Center, located on the third floor of the Conaton Learning Commons, brings together at one desk circulation, traditional reserves, research assistance, the IT help desk, and classroom support services. Other student support services in the Conaton Learning Commons include the Accessibility and Disabilities Resources, Math Lab, Writing Center, Language Resource Center, Academic Advising, the Digital Media Lab, TRiO, Student Success, Career Development, and the Veterans' Center. Support services for faculty include the Center for Teaching Excellence, a faculty lounge, an experimental classroom, a classroom equipped with 28 computer workstations, 2 additional classrooms, a seminar room, and an auditorium.