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Floorplans and Tour - Stauffer Library

[Inside Stauffer]

Welcome to Stauffer Library! In addition to supporting research and learning in the humantities and social sciences, the library houses the Queen's Learning Commons (QLC) on the ground floor. The QLC is a cooperative partnership bringing together a number of academic support services in one central space, providing services to students in all disciplines.

What's Inside Stauffer Library

Collections and Facilities Floor Locate on floorplan
Adaptive Technology Centre Ground floor show on floorplan
Art Collection, Books: N 2nd Floor show on floorplan
Books: A-D 2nd floor show on floorplan
Books: DA-K 3rd floor show on floorplan
Books: L-Z 4th floor show on floorplan
Bound Journals: A - Z 2nd floor show on floorplan
Circulation / Reserve Desk Ground floor show on floorplan
Compact Shelving: A - Z 4th floor show on floorplan
Current Newspapers Ground floor show on floorplan
Current Periodicals 2nd floor show on floorplan
Data Services Lower level show on floorplan
Fireplace Reading Room 2nd floor show on floorplan
Government Documents: CA, UK, UN, US, ZZ Lower level show on floorplan
Graduate Students Reading Room 3rd floor show on floorplan
Interlibrary Loans Ground floor show on floorplan
IT Help Ground floor show on floorplan
Learning Strategies Development Ground floor show on floorplan
Library Administration Offices 2nd floor show on floorplan
Map and Air Photo Collection Lower level show on floorplan
Microform Collection Lower level show on floorplan
Reference Collection Ground floor show on floorplan
Research Help Desk Ground floor show on floorplan
Writing Centre Ground floor show on floorplan

Library Tour

Quick stop stations

As you enter the library, the first thing you see is a computer bank equipped with Express Stations. These stand-up stations provide quick access to the library catalogue and databases, MyQueen's, or email.

The ground floor Queen's Learning Commons is intended to serve as a collaborative interdisciplinary space. Quieter study areas are located on the upper and lower floors.

The Adaptive Technology Centre is the first office along the wall to the right. This Learning Commons partner provides library assistance and alternate format materials to students with disabilities. The computers are equipped with character-enlarging software, voice input technology and a Kurzweil Personal Reader.

Seminar Room 121 is located just beyond the Adaptive Technology Centre. This e-classroom is frequently used for Learning Commons workshops and library teaching sessions. A no food or drink policy is maintained in the room in order to protect the equipment.

The main, circular staircase, leading to upper and lower floors, is located just beyond this area. The elevators are located in the alcove to the right of the staircase.

Circulation desk

The Circulation desk is located to the left of the library entrance, across from the Express Stations. Visit this desk to check out or return library materials, or to pay library fines. Your Queen's ID card is your library card.

Professors will sometimes ask the library to place required readings on Course Reserve. Reserve materials are available from this desk on short-term loan (ranging from 1 hour to 3 days, depending on the item).

Queen's faculty, staff and students can use Interlibrary Loan services to borrow books or obtain articles from other libraries. Come to the Circulation desk for assistance or to pick up requested books and photocopies of articles.

Information Desk

The Help desk, located beyond the Circulation area, includes:

  1. The General Information desk, staffed by students, provides information about Learning Commons services, the Library, and the campus in general.
  2. The Research Help desk provides humanities and social sciences research help and assistance with library searches.
  3. The IT Help desk, staffed by students, provides basic computer troubleshooting and answers to general computer questions.

Printer/photocopier Stations

Workstations located throughout the library are networked to shared printer stations. The ground floor black/white printer/photocopier station may be found across from the Research Help desk, around the corner from Circulation. Two scanners are also available for public use at this station, as well as a colour printer. A colour copier is available on the 2nd floor.

Value-add station

In order to print or use a photocopier, you will need a library copy card. Cards can be purchased from the Circulation desk, or from the value-add station by the desk. Value can also be added to the card at this station. There is also one self-serve, black/white photocopier available on the Lower Level in the alcove, located at the north end of the library.


The Multimedia collection is located along the back wall of the Reference collection on the ground floor. The collection includes a variety of CDs, DVDs, videos and foreign language practice sets. All library workstations are equipped with sound cards and DVD players; DVDs and videos may also be viewed at the A/V stations near the printing stations.


Well-equipped sit-down Research Stations may be found next to and beyond the Research Help desk. These stations provide access to the Library Catalogue (QCAT), a large selection of journal indexes and databases, the Web, MS Office, networked CDs, sound, and more.

Note the location of the Reference stacks at the far end of the library. The Reference collection contains encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, directories, and other reference tools. These materials are for use in the library only and may not be borrowed.

Reading Tables

Several reading tables are located under the north atrium, beyond the library's central circular staircase. Additional group study tables and booths are located to the right of this area, just beyond the elevator bank.

Learning Strategies

Another Learning Commons parter, the Learning Strategies office provides workshops, consultations and peer mentoring to help students acquire and hone effective study skills. The office is located along the right wall, towards the far end of the north atrium.

Speakers Corner

Speaker's Corner is located at the far north end of the library. This area is usually set up as a comfortable lounge area, but don't be surprised to find organized groups gathering here at various times throughout the year. The Corner is sometimes set up for workshops and presentations, including the annual Inquiry@Queen's Undergraduate Research Conference.

The Writing Centre is located in Speaker's Corner. This Learning Commons partner office offers seminars and workshops, credit courses, and one-on-one tutorials to empower students to think and write effectively in all disciplines.

Current newspapers and ground floor group study rooms can also be found in this area. Queen's students, faculty and staff may reserve these rooms online through the library website. Additional study rooms are located on the lower level and second floor.

Continue to the:

  • Upper Floors - including the Art Collection and quiet reading rooms
  • Lower Floor - MADGIC (Maps, Data and Government Information Centre)


Last Updated: 26 August 2015

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