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Circulation Desk


The Circulation Desk has someone at the desk during the Library's open hours


Stop at the Circulation Desk to:

  • Checkout AV equipment, laptop computers, digital cameras, LCD projection units, books, and other media from the library's circulating collection.  Your Stout ID card is required to check out materials.
  • Place holds on items that are checked out so you can use them when they are returned.
  • Request searches for missing items.


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Computer Stations 

The workstations are positioned throughout the library for public use


Computers in the library have Internet and access to various software.

For information searching, start at the Library Home Page;

  • Search Search@UW for books and AV materials.
  • Search the Subject Databases to identify magazine, journal, and newspaper articles on specific subjects.  Many articles are available full-text online.


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The UW-Stout Gaming and Digital Innovation Lab (GDI) Lab features sixteen major video game consoles (both vintage and new), three high-end PC's loaded with productivity software and access to a digital game catalog of more than 250 titles.

The library also has a Vintage Video Game collection of over 400 titles and a circulating current Video Game collection of over 1,200 titles that can be used in the GDI Lab. 


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The Library has centralized network printing, also available through wireless connectivity.

  • All library computers send print jobs to the printer in the lobby.
  • Laptop users will need to add these printers to their laptop.

Black & White (10 cents a page) and Color (20 cents a page).

Payment: Stout ID with a Flexline account or community users may purchase a print card.


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The KIC scanner is available in the printing area on the first floor.



Scanners are available for document and image scanning.

A high speed multi-page scanner is useful for students creating e-portfolios.

Photo-manipulation software is available on the accompanying computers.



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Reference Collection

The reference material is located on the first floor of the library


When searching Search@UW, some items may have to location REFERENCE.

The Reference collection includes subject specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries, statistical information, handbooks, atlases, style manuals, etc.

Reference materials cannot be removed from the Library.




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Open Reserve

Shelves that are reserved for material requested by students or staff



Instructors may place materials for in-library use for specific classes in the Open Reserve section of Reference Area.

  • Library materials: use Search@UW -- search by title to identify a call number to locate on the shelf.
  • Non-Library materials (photocopies of articles, there own books, etc.) -- look for a box with the instructor's name on it.



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Standup Stations

Computers on the stand up stations in the Reference Area



Two computers are available for walk up printing and computer use.  A VTS station is available where students can add funds to their campus cards.  The Library uses FlexBase+ for printing charges.





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Disability Services 

Although not a library department, Disability Services is located in Room 120 of the Robert S. Swanson Library and Learning Center.








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Information Commons

Study booths on the first floor of the library



  • Comfortable seating is available for laptop use.
  • Booths allow for collaboration
  • Use this area for individual and/or group study




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Group Study Areas

Group study rooms that are located along the back wall of the library

Near the Instruction Lab along the hallways are group study rooms that allow for small-group discussion and collaborative learning.  They are not intended for individual study.

First floor study rooms are equipped with whiteboards which allow you to practice for classroom presentations and laptop collaborative screens.

Group study room users will need to check out a remote control for the screen at the Circulation Desk.

There are additional group study rooms on fourth and fifth floors. Make a reservation.


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Room 111 Library Instruction Lab

Library Learning Lab


This room is for, GIS classes, e-sports and library instruction.  Librarians teach research sessions on using Search@UW, Subject databases, and other information resources.  When not used for classes, this area is open for student use.




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Exhibit Area and Lounge

Lounge and Exhibit area within the Library

An exhibit area is located in the main lobby of the library.  There are special exhibits for library-related events: Banned Book Week, Children's Book Week, National Library Week, etc.

The exhibit space is also available to campus groups and can be reserved. Contact Susan Lindahl 715-232-1184, Room 123-A or ask for her at the circulation desk.

A nice place to wait for your group or study buddy.


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Pickup shelf

New item shelf located in the lobby of the Library



If you have requested an item for pickup, you will find it on this shelf straight ahead as you enter the library. Arranged by first two letters of first name and first two letters of last name.




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Vending Machines

Vending machines next to Disability Services on the first floor of the Library




Vending machines are located in the hallway near room 120.





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Popular Collections Area

Browsing Area on the First Floor of Library


The Popular Collections Area has four collections including:

  • Popular Books collection
  • Audiobooks collection
  • Video Games collection
  • DVDs & Blu-rays (Movies & TV collection and Documentaries and Non-fiction Videos collection)

The area is part of the library's information Commons and has comfortable seating and furniture for reading, studying, and group work.


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