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 130,000 volumes. The library is staffed by three professional librarians, four adjunct librarians, one circulation manager and 17 student library assistants.
The Penthouse, 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 and many comfortable study areas, while the Circulation, Reference and Reserve areas are located on the main floor. Current periodicals, several public computers and the language and literature collection are also on the main floor. The terrace level is home to three computer labs, the microform collection, the children's collection, and bound periodicals.