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Dinand Study Spaces

This page contains a complete list of study areas in Dinand Library, listed in order by floor and then by Q-Zone (Red, Yellow, or Green). Use the links below to browse by floor, or use Ctrl+F to search the page for specific Q-Zones or features.  Forgot about the Q-Zones?  Click here to view a map and description of each of the zones. 



Main Floor
Second Floor 
Basement Floor
Stacks Mezzanine (Upper) 
Stacks Basement (Lower) 



Main Floor 

Periodicals Room
Zone: Red
Seating: Large tables, cubicles, armchairs, floor (steps) 

The periodicals room is located off the Main Lobby in Dinand (turn left when facing the front desk). This is an area for silent or individual group study. Its unique study spaces include sunken cubicles along the windows and a sunken fireplace with carpeted stairs. This is also where you can find our latest issues of different periodicals (newspapers, magazines, and journals), whether you're working on a research project, looking to catch up on current events, or hoping for a quick study break! 


Main Reading Room 
Zone: Yellow
Seating:  Large tables, computer desks, arm chairs 
Amenities: Desktop computers, printers, scanner, research help

The Main Reading Room is the hub of student activity in Dinand Library. In addition to hosting the library's four large printers and a scanning station, this room contains the library's collection of reference books (encyclopedias, dictionaries, and more!). There are a variety of Windows desktops for student use as well as large tables and armchairs for group or individual study. For a quick study break, you can also check out the archives' collections and book displays in the center of the room. Bonus -- the Main Reading Room is home to the reference desk, where you can find a research librarian or a trained student worker to assist you throughout much of the day and evening! It is also just a short walk from the circulation desk, where you can check out books as well as dry erase markers, headphones, phone charagers and lockers. 


Staff Conference Room            
Zone: Green
Seating:  Large tables, computer desk, arm chairs, rocking chair 
Amenities: Desktop computer, large plasma screen 

The staff conference room behind the research consultation area is open for student use when not booked for library meetings. Check the schedule outside the door! This room has a large work table as well as a smaller table, armchairs, and a rocking chair for reading. Working on a group project, or need to practice a presentation? The conference room also contains a large plasma screen hooked up to the desktop computer. 


Research Consultation Area 
Zone: Green
Seating: Cubicle desks
Amenities: Desktop computers

This small area off the periodicals room is available for studying when not in use by research librarians. It includes two cubicle work areas with one desktop workstation and two chairs each. While conversation is allowed, note that sound does carry very easily into the periodicals area! 


Second Floor

Debate Room 
Zone: Green
Seating: Large tables, cubicles, computer tables
Amenities: Desktop computers, microfilm reader, whiteboards; close to restrooms

The Debate Room on Dinand's second floor (turn left at the ramp) is a large space with a variety of different study options. Choose one of the larger work tables for group or individual study, or grab a cubicle or computer desk. This room houses the library's DVD and microfilm collections as well as the microfilm reader -- check with a librarian for help using the reader!  Several large whiteboards are also available (but please don't move them!). Part of this room serves as overflow for the Writer's Workshop during busy periods. Bonus -- the Debate Room is just a few doors from the second-floor restrooms as well as from the Writer's Workshop, Academic Services, and your friendly research librarians! 


Scalia Computer Lab (Sun-Thurs, 7pm-12am)
Zone: Green
Seating: Flexible tables, computer desks
Amenities: Desktop computers (Mac), special software, whiteboards, printer; close to restrooms

The Scalia Lab on Dinand's second floor (turn right at the ramp) is open for student use from 7pm to 12am, Sunday through Thursday. In addition to using the dual-boot Mac/Windows desktops (loaded with a variety of software), students can also use the flexible furniture in the back to arrange workspaces for group or individual studies. The lab also contains several whiteboards, and a small printer at the back of the room. Bonus -- the Scalia Lab is just a few doors from the second-floor restrooms as well as from the Writer's Workshop, Academic Services, and your friendly research librarians! 


Basement Level

Blue Room 
Zone: Green
Seating: Cafe tables 
Amenities: Chalkboards, water fountain, vending (water and coffee); close to restrooms and lockers
Poor wifi reception 

Dinand's Blue Room is designed to accommodate many students working individually or in pairs/small groups. There are several chalkboards spread throughout the hallway, and there is easy access to restrooms, a water fountain / bottle filling station and the vending machines as well as the library's new lockers, all located along or directly off this hallway. During certain times of the semester, this hallway also serves as a gallery for work created by Holy Cross art students and curated by the Student Art Society.


Levis Browsing Room 
Zone: Green
Seating: Large tables; benches
Amenities: Whiteboards; close to restrooms and vending machines 
Poor wifi reception 

This large space off the Blue Room on Dinand's basement level is available for group or individual study. Occasional functions and other events are held in this room, so please check for signs! The Levis Room includes a number of large tables, benches and whiteboards which can be moved together for group projects. It also contains the library's special Levis Collection (available for check-out), and a fireplace with plaques listing all of the College's previous Fenwick Scholars. Bonus -- its location right off the Blue Room offers easy access to the restrooms, drinking fountain and vending machines, and the room also has a back entrance leading directly into the stacks. 


Stacks Mezzanine Level 

Stacks: Tables, Cubicles & More 
Seating: Large tables, cubicles, arm chairs, computer tables
Amenities: Desktop computers; close to restrooms

You've probably wandered through the mezzanine (upper) level of the stacks before in search of books in call numbers A through G. But don't forget that this area of the library is also packed full of study spaces. Choose from large tables (perfect for group work) or cubicle desks (great for hunkering down before the exam), or grab a comfy chair to finish up tonight's reading. Restrooms are located in the center of this stacks level, near the east (non-window) side. There are two different Zones in this level: the wings (open spaces around the stairs) are designated as Yellow zones, and the inner area (beginning with the row of cubicles under the stairs) is designated as a Red zone. 


Stacks Basement Level 

Stacks: Tables, Cubicles & More 
​​​​Seating: Large tables, cubicles, arm chairs, computer tables 
Amenities: Whiteboards (moveable)
Poor wifi reception 

Like the upper level, you've probably wandered through this lower section of the stacks if you needed to find a book between H and Z. But there are also plenty of study spaces scattered throughout this level, including the familiar selection of large tables, comfy armchairs, and cubicles for individual study. You'll also find some moveable whiteboards wandering around this floor. The basement stacks open into the Blue Room (and the basement-level restrooms) from the center area. There are two different Zones in this level: the wings (open spaces around the stairs) are designated as Yellow zones, and the inner area (beginning with the row of cubicles under the stairs) is designated as a Red zone. 


Art History Oversize Table
Zone: Red
Seating: Large table
Poor wifi reception 

While most study spaces in the stacks are located along the walls, you will also find this larger table in the middle of the N+ section of the lower stacks (center stacks, closest to the west or fishbowl/window side). The table is set-up for use with the large art history books nearby, but can also be used for group or individual study. Just remember -- this is still a Red zone! 


Basement Study Rooms 
Zone: Green
Seating: Large table (room 1), flexible tables (room 2)
Amenities: Fans, chalkboard (room 1), whiteboard (room 2); close to restroom and lockers
Poor wifi reception 

These two study rooms are located on the basement level of the stacks, along the wall on the east (non-window) side. The rooms are located directly next to each other. The room on the left has a large picture window, whereas the room on the right has only a narrow window along the door. Each has either a chalkboard or whiteboard to use for group work. You can find these rooms near the call number section of the stacks, close to the back entrance to the Levis Room (and thus, not far from the basement level restrooms and lockers). Note that while the rooms themselves are Green, the area immediately outside is Red--please shut the door is you plan to talk!