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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.



Help Desk

The Access to Learning Desk has someone at the desk during the Library's open hours

Technology-trained student workers staff the Help Desk.  They help you with:

  • Printing
  • Computer Issues
  • Scanning and scanner issues
  • Software use
  • Photocopying
  • Email-related questions
  • Direct you to the librarian on-call

Look for students with the blue library vests to ask for help throughout the library.


Computer Stations and Stout Library Catalog

The workstations are positioned throughout the library for public use


Computers in the library have Internet and keyserver software access.

For information searching, start at the Library Home Page;

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


Printing Stations

Printers on the first floor of the lobby for patron use

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

  • All library computers send print jobs to the printing stations by the Help Desk
  • Laptop users will need to add these printers to their laptop.

Printers available: 2 black and white (10 cents a copy) and 1 color (20 cents a copy).

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



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.


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.


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 -- select the Course Reserves tab 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.


Standup Stations

Computers on the stand up stations in the Reference Area



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


Information Commons

Study booths on the first floor of the library



The Help Desk is centrally located in the Information Commons so staff can assist with your information and research needs.

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


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.


Library Instruction Lab

Library Learning Lab


This room is primarily for library instruction, arranged by classroom instructors.  Librarians teach research sessions on using Search@UW, Articles/Databases, and other information resources.  When not used for library instruction, this area is open for student use or other possible use as outlined in the Library Instruction Lab Use Guidelines



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 at the library's administrative office (Room 220).

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


New Item Shelf

New item shelf located in the lobby of the Library



New books, including comics and graphic novels, are available on the New Item Shelf.  Look to see what has arrived this week and be the first to check it out.  New items for other collections, including EMC, Civil Liberties, Stout Authors, Video Games, Movies & TV, Documentaries and Non-Fiction Videos, and Audiobooks are available directly at the collection location.


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.


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.