About the LibraryThe Building
The Hugh Stephens Library opened in 1964 as the central building of the James Madison Wood Quadrangle. With more than 39,030 square feet of floor space on four floors, the library has a seating capacity of 400 and a shelf capacity of over 130,000 volumes. The library is staffed by three professional librarians, four adjunct librarians, one circulation manager and 15-20 student library assistants.
the top floor of the library, offers flexible seating arrangements for
studying or relaxing and provides a beautiful view of the city. The
library's second floor houses the bulk of the collection along with current periodicals and many comfortable
study areas. The Circulation, Reference and Reserve areas are
located on the main floor with several public computers
and the language and literature collection.
The terrace level is home to three computer labs, the microform collection,
the children's collection, and bound periodicals.
In order to foster an environment for study and research, the Hugh Stephens Library asks that all patrons be courteous to others and refrain from making excessive noise. To this end, we ask that all patrons refrain from using their cell phones or speaking loudly near the computer areas on the main level and anywhere on the second floor. Please set cell phones to vibrate, silent, or off when in the Library and move to the stairwells, the lobby, or an unpopulated area of the library to talk on your phone. To report disruptive behavior, please contact a Library staff member at either the reference desk or front desk. The Library retains the right to ask any patron to either be quieter or leave the library due to inappropriate behavior.
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