Students Studying The Seeley G. Mudd Library is a space for students, faculty, and staff to come together – with each other, with ideas, with the tools and resources for scholarship – to discuss, to learn, to create new knowledge.

Places to Study and Work

In an effort to keep the community safe and follow the Lawrence Campus Community Pledge, many of our group study spaces, as well as student lockers and offices, are currently unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience and can't wait until we can make our library fully available to the Lawrence Community again.

The Mudd Library contains all kinds of spaces for group study & individual study, as well as resources and equipment to help you succeed.

If you'd like to see photos of these spaces, take a look at our Spaces in the Library Album in Flickr, or take a look at the maps and the library virtual tour page. Study hard!

Group Study
  • Two group study rooms are located on the second and third floors.
    • Both rooms contain a computer and large screen monitor.
    • Access to the rooms require a Lawrence ID card
    • Rooms can be reserved by signing up on the clipboard located on the door of each room.
  • Four Viewing & Study Rooms are located on the first floor.
    • Access to the rooms require a Lawrence ID card.

    • Rooms can be reserved by signing up on the clipboard located on the door of each room.

    • In addition to DVD/Blu-ray players and VCRs, these rooms contain connections to allow the option of connecting a laptop to practice presentations. 

    • There is a two and a half hour limit for each session.

  • The first floor is the group study floor (the loudest floor).
  • The second floor is also designated as a group study floor, but at a quieter volume than the first floor.
Quiet Study
  • The third floor is designated for quiet study.
  • The fourth floor is designated for silent study.
  • The Kruse Room on the fourth floor is available for silent study and reflection.
Dry Erase Boards
  • Portable dry erase boards located throughout the library can be moved to accommodate your group or individual study needs.
  • Folding dry erase boards can be checked out from the circulation desk.
Student Offices
  • Nine student offices (six on fourth floor and three on second floor) are assigned to students on a term-by-term basis. Preference is given to seniors working on honors projects, students whose research depends heavily on library materials, and those who require accommodations. If you are interested in applying for an office, submit the Student Office Request Form.

Note: Room 401 will not be available for reservations or Zoom conferencing from March 10 through Fall 2020. The Technology Services Helpdesk will be relocated to 401 while the second floor is remodeled for the Center for Academic Success.

Online Reservable Spaces
  • The classroom on the fourth floor (room 401), the ITC computer lab on the second floor, as well as the Lincoln Room and Milwaukee-Downer Room on the first floor can be reserved through the university's Room Reservation System.
    • Room 401 is available only for administrative or academic functions, with classes getting priority. Student study groups may be allowed when there is a library staff person on duty and there are no previous reservations on the room. (Room 401 is unavailable until fall 2020.)
    • The Milwaukee-Downer and Lincoln Rooms are available for academic or administrative functions on an occasional (i.e., not regularly-scheduled) basis. If these two areas are not otherwise in use, they are available for individual or group study on a first-come first-served basis.


Zoom-Ready Video Conferencing Rooms

  • Library rooms 401 and 310 have been configured for use with Zoom video conferencing software.
  • Both rooms contain cameras and microphones for video conferencing.
  • All current Lawrence University students, faculty, and staff can access their Zoom accounts by logging in to go.lawrence.edu/zoom.

Listening and Viewing in the Library

small viewing roomViewing Rooms
  • Four viewing rooms are available, which are equipped with multi-region Blu-Ray/DVD players, VCRs, monitors, and VGA/HDMI wall plates. Room 132 includes a multi-region VCR.
  • Rooms are available for Lawrence University students, faculty, and staff by ID card access.
  • A weekly schedule for room use is posted on each door every Monday. You may sign up for only one two and one-half hour session at a time.
  • Academic viewing and listening take priority.
  • One individual DVD viewing station is also available in the listening station area.
Listening and Viewing Stations

Listening Stations are available on a first-come first-served basis. Equipment includes turntables, cassette decks, CD players, headphones, and computers. 

Virtual Reality Viewing and Developing

One of the library's listening stations contains a computer for game and virtual reality experience development. To use this space with the HTC Vive VR headset and its components, please submit the Virtual Reality Headset Use form.

Virtual Tour

Find your way around the library with the virtual tour! It can be easily viewed from a desktop computer or mobile device.