Joseph S. Stauffer Library

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  • Welcome to Stauffer Library. The library provides the information services and resources you need for your learning and research, and space for contemplation and collaboration. Stauffer includes our Humanities and Social Sciences unit, the Adaptive Technology Centre, and other librarians and staff supporting Data & Statistics, Geospatial Data, Government information, Maps & Air Photos, Open Education Resources, Publishing Support, QSpace (Queen's Institutional Repository), and Research Data Management.

    Call Us

    • 613-533-2524
    • 1-866-267-7404


  • Information services is here to help with a range of questions, from locating resources, to helping you connect with someone who will help you plan your research. If we don’t have the answer to your question, we will connect you with someone who does!

  • The Adaptive Technology Centre provides library assistance and alternate format materials to Queen’s individuals with disabilities. Its lab provides access to computers equipped with character-enlarging software, voice input technology and a Kurzweil Personal Reader.

  • The Queen's Learning Commons (QLC) is both a hub of services supporting formal academic programs, and a meeting place within Stauffer Library.

    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.

  • The Map and Air Photo collection includes topographical and thematic maps, air photos, historical cartography materials, and electronic mapping facilities. Learn more on our Maps & Air Photos page.

  • The Speaker's Corner is a dynamic space hosting a range of events from guest speakers to workshops to the Inquiry@Queen's Undergraduate Research Conference.

  • The Fireplace Reading Room is a cozy place to read and learn by firelight. This room has soft seating as well as study tables and is reserved for silent study.

  • Group study rooms are available to practice presentations or collaborate with fellow students or researchers. These can be reserved through the online booking system.

  • We are committed to providing study space to meet your needs, whether you are looking for silent contemplation, quiet reflection or group discussion.

    In Stauffer Library you will find a range of options, from group study tables to individual study carrels.

  • The Writing Centre is located next to 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.

  • We work in close consultation with researchers, learners and instructors across the disciplines to ensure they have the information resources they need in the global information realm.

  • The Library has computers, scanners, photocopiers, and printers available for your use. Guest logins are available for those who do not have a Queen’s user account.

Find Us

101 Union Street
Kingston , ON K7L 2N9
Ontario CA

Joseph S. Stauffer Library Floor Plan

Stauffer Library Lower Level Floorplan
Stauffer ground floor
Stauffer second floor
Stauffer Library 3rd Floor Floorplan
Stauffer Library 4th Floor Floorplan

What's on this Floor

  • Computers
  • Data Services
  • Government Documents / Folios
  • Group Study Rooms
  • Learning Centre
  • Map and Air Photo Collection
  • Microform Collection
  • Multimedia Collection
  • Queen’s Research Data Centre
  • Reading Tables
  • Study Carrels

What's on this Floor

  • Bookable Computers
  • Copyright Advisory Office
  • Computers
  • Docking Stations
  • Height Adjustable Desks (G60 / G70 / G82)
  • New Books Collection
  • Printing / Photocopying / Scanning
  • Queen's Authors Collection
  • Queen’s Learning Commons
  • Reading Tables
  • Research Help (108)
  • Seminar Room
  • Speakers Corner
  • Student Academic Success Services (SASS)
    Moved to Gordon Hall, 3rd floor
  • Student Reads
  • Union Gallery 

What's on this Floor

  • Alan G. Green Fireplace Reading Room
  • Art Collection
  • Books A-D, F1421 - F5999
  • Bound Journals A - HT127, M - Z
  • Bound Journal Folios A-Z
  • Folios A-D
  • Group Study Rooms
  • Humanities & Social Sciences Dept
  • Information Services (Suite 201)
  • Music Collection
  • Music Listening Rooms
  • North Reading Room
  • Office of the Vice-Provost and University Librarian
  • Prayer / Meditation Room
  • Queen's Quarterly
  • Reading Tables
  • Reference Collection
  • Research Help (212)
  • South Reading Room
  • Study Carrels

What's on this Floor

  • Books DA-K
  • Folios DA-K
  • Graduate Student Quiet Study
  • Group Study Rooms
  • Helen Howard Graduate Students Reading Room
  • May Ball Study Lounge
  • Reading Tables
  • Study Carrels

What's on this Floor

  • Books L-Z
  • Compact Shelving A-Z
  • Designated Movement Space
  • Folios L-Z
  • Group Study Rooms
  • Reading Tables
  • Study Carrels 


  •  Information Services
  •  Public Stairs
  •  Emergency Exit
  •   Washrooms
  •  Drinking Fountain
  •  Print, Scan, Copy
  •  Public Phone
  •  Emergency Phone
  •  Assistance Phone
  •  Public Elevator
  •  Cafe