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About: Tour the Library


To schedule an in-person tour of the Library, please contact Heather Edmonds at or 617-587-5579.

Circulation Desk

The desk offers checkout and renewal of Library materials, course reserve items, and laptops. Reserve materials include photocopies, books, slides, videos, and other class related equipment, such as BIOs and skulls. Help is always available from the Library staff and student aides at the circulation desk.

Reading Room

This is a large study area where soft talk and discussion are allowed. Current issues of journals for which the Library has current subscriptions (in optometry, ophthalmology, medicine and science) are displayed on the walls. There is also a section of leisure reading materials, which can be checked out of the Library for the day (please ask at the circulation desk).

Reference Area

Four workstations provide access to the internet, the Library’s electronic resources (online catalog, databases, eJournals), and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Stacks Room

The Library’s collection of circulating books (organized by call number) and bound journals (organized alphabetically by title) can be found in the stacks room.

Glass Study Rooms

There are two of these rooms available for quiet study on a first-come first-served basis. Study Room B can be reserved in advance.

Copy Room

This room houses three photocopiers that also function as scanners. There is also a duplex printer that can be accessed from all computer workstations in the Library, a paper recycling bin, and various office supplies: stapler, staple remover, scotch tape dispenser, 3-hole punch, electric pencil sharpener and paper cutter. Paper refills and other assistance can be obtained at the circulation desk.

Historical Collections/Soltes Room

On the second floor of the Library, the Soltes Room houses the Special Collections: rare or out-of-print books, College yearbooks and theses. This room also has one large table for group quiet study, and can be reserved in advance. The quiet study room has four tables. This upstairs area also includes televisions with VCRs and headphones for viewing videotapes, and two slide carousels.

Educational Media Office

The Media Office offers assistance in designing and producing graphics, images, slides, publications, and instructional materials. It also facilitates the in-house printing of scientific posters. Contact Media Coordinator Marek Jacisin directly at (617) 587-5654 or