This page contains a complete list of study areas in Dinand Library, listed in order by floor. 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.
NEW in Fall 2018: Book a study room in the library stacks! CLICK HERE for more details and to reserve these rooms, or stop at the Circulation Desk.
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!). 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. 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 chargers and lockers.
The new Art Wing is located off the Main Lobby in Dinand (turn left when facing the front desk). This is an area for both group and individual study. Its unique study spaces include sunken cubicles along the windows and a sunken fireplace with carpeted stairs. This wing hosts the library's books about visual arts and photography, as well as the Mark D. Nevins '86 Collection for the Study of Comics & Graphic Novels.
The staff conference room behind the consultation area is open for student use when not booked for library meetings. Check the schedule outside the door! This room has flexible furniture that can be used as one long table or many individual working spaces. 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.
This small area off the periodicals room is available for studying when not in use by librarians or faculty. It includes a single cubicle work area with two chairs. The second station is reserved for the library's Bloomberg Terminal.
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!
The Scalia Lab on Dinand's second floor (turn right at the ramp) is open for student use when classes are not scheduled (Check the schedule outside the door). In addition to using the Mac 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 can be used for group or individual study. Just remember -- this is still a Red zone!
Basement Study Rooms (BY RESERVATION).
Seating: 1-2 people (rooms S10, S11, S12, S13); 3-4 people (rooms S1, S2)
Amenities: Fans (S1 and S2); close to restroom and lockers
Poor wifi reception
CLICK HERE to reserve these rooms, or stop at the Circulation Desk.
These study rooms are located on the basement level of the stacks. Rooms S1 and S2 are located along the wall on the east (non-window) side, near the Z call number section. Rooms S10, S11, S12 and S13 are located in the center stacks, near the PA call number section. Rooms S1 and S2 have mounted fans. Note that while the rooms themselves are Green, the area immediately outside is Red--please shut the door to minimize noise in the stacks!
Class of 1990 Patio
Seating: Chairs and (shaded) tables; benches; lawn
Amenities: Outdoors!; umbrella tables; foliage
Open during daytime hours, dependent upon weather conditions.
This hidden outdoor space is located up the spiral staircase, just inside the west (window) wing of the library stacks. With plenty of space and greenery, you can choose from shaded tables, benches or the lawns as space for study, reading and relaxing while enjoying views of Wheeler Hall and the Montserrat Natural World Cluster mosaic. Note that this space is closed after dark and in rain, snow and other inclement weather conditions (generally including most of the winter months). Check the sign outside the staircase to see whether the patio is open.