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While the library building is closed until further notice, the Library's online services and resources continue to be available to Northwestern students, faculty, and staff.

Please see this Guide to Essential Services & Resources for more information.

Building Features

Study Spaces

STUDY ROOMS

The Berntsen Library has six study rooms designed to accommodate groups of four to six people. Two study rooms are on the main level; four are on the upper level. You may reserve a study room online.

Reservations are required and can be made in advance or upon claiming an empty room. Whiteboard markers are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk.

 

OTHER STUDY SPACES

The Library’s Main Level is designed as a working/talking floor.  Study spaces on this level include:

  • Reading Room - large study tables, soft seating, large windows for natural light;
  • Student lab workstations for individual use;
  • Flexible study space - located at the south end of the main level; includes a mix of task tables/chairs and comfy seating that can be moved around to meet various study needs and preferences. 

The Upper Level of the Library is designated for silent study.

  • As a courtesy to others, we ask that you limit conversation and silence cell phones while studying on the upper level. If using headphones, sound must be quiet enough not to disturb those around you.
  • Seating is a mix of task tables, individual study carrels, and soft seating.

The Lower Level of the Library has a mix of talk and quiet study areas.

  • Study spaces in the common area of this level include a mix of group tables, individual carrels, and soft seating.
  • Listening and Viewing Room - contains extra-large study carrels with power outlets and lamps. Students who like quiet study and task lighting tend to use this room for individual study. It also contains the library's audiovisual collections and playback equipment.

Printing & Technology

Multifunction printers are available on the main level of the library. ​Students may print from the student lab workstations at the library, as well as from their own laptops. Here’s how to print at the library.

  • "Blue" printer - color and black/white; print/scan/copy
  • "Yellow" printer - black/white; print/scan/copy

26 student lab workstations are available for use, and Wi-Fi and power outlets are available throughout the building. Computer accessories, including charging cables, are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk.

Alumni and Visitors may use workstations and print. Please obtain a guest login from staff at the Circulation Desk.

Study Aids, Equipment, & Supplies

The Berntsen Library provides a variety of study aids and equipment for student use while at the library. These items may be checked out at the Circulation Desk.

  • Phone chargers for Apple and Android
  • Computer charging cables for a variety of brands including, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Apple
  • TI-84 Graphing Calculators
  • Bookstands
  • Wired computer mouse
  • Headphones
  • Whiteboard Markers
  • Space Heaters & Fans
  • Happy Light

Additionally, we keep some basic office supplies stocked for your quick needs.

  • Paper clips
  • Staplers & Hole Punches
  • An assortment of pens or highlighters
  • Small selection of art supplies – crayons, markers, glue
  • Craft Kits [markers, crayons, colored pencils, glue, etc] are also available for a 3-day checkout