The Gordon Library is a dynamic study and learning center on the WPI campus. Designed with the needs of our users in mind, the Gordon Library provides spaces, resources, and experiences to support their various academic pursuits. During the academic year, the total capacity of the building is 600; current library occupancy can be viewed online.

In addition to the spaces described below, several spaces are designated for special uses, including the Gordon Library Conference Room.  These spaces can be reserved online.

Descriptions of spaces in the Gordon Library can be found below. Reserve a room or consult the library floor plans.

Our four floors are easily accessible by all users.

  • All floors are accessible by stairs and elevator.
  • Restrooms, including accessible restrooms, are located on all floors; a multi-stall gender-neutral bathroom is located on the first floor in the multimedia lab area. 
  • A nursing room is available on the main level for nursing mothers. It can be reserved and is equipped with a comfortable chair and small refrigerator.

Located on the third floor, the Browsery is a comfortable reading and browsing area with rotating featured book collections. The current collections include:

· WPI Faculty Authors Collection: Books published by WPI faculty - View titles in this collection

· Global WPI:  Latin America,  View titles in this collection

All of the books in the Browsery are available for browsing and borrowing by the WPI community. The Gordon Library also welcomes comments and suggestions on future areas of development for these collections at

Class of 1970 Library Café

The Class of 1970 Library Café, adjacent to the Information Commons, provides a place to enjoy light refreshments and the company of friends.

*Please note that the Library Café currently offers vending options only, as well as seating, paper goods, a microwave and toaster for use.


Computers for general use are located throughout the Library. They include:

  • Workstations in the InfoCommons near the Library Cafe on the entrance level.
  • Over 20 workstations in the Multimedia Lab on the first (quiet) floor with graphics-intensive software.
  • Wireless computer network access available in the building for personal laptops and those loaned from the IT Service Desk. Contact the IT Service desk to check one out or to set up your wireless access.
  • The Shuster Lab for Digital Scholarship on the first floor is a space for individual and small group learning, practice, and projects. When not reserved it is available to staff and students. To inquire about reserving this space please email
  • The Anderson Lab is available to staff and students when not reserved for IT instruction and software training.
Morgan Center Collection

The Morgan Center Collection is a collection of books on pedagogy and related topics, curated by the Morgan Center for Teaching and Learning. Featuring a comfortable bench built into the extended bookcase, this inviting spot is located just outside of the Gordon Conference Room on the third floor. All Morgan Center titles can be browsed and borrowed by the WPI community. Browse the Morgan Center Collection online.

Group Collaboration Spaces

The Gordon Library invite users to exchange ideas and share information in our collaborative spaces, including:

  • Private Tech Suites are available to reserve throughout the building, and offer the perfect technology-enabled place for student group meetings. WPI students may request a reservation for a suite in person at the Library's Information Desk, or by contacting a staff member at 508-831-5410. Most Tech Suites seat up to 6 students; a large group Tech Suite is also available that seats up to 12. Reservations may be made through the online reservation system.
  • Active group study areas including 4-5 person tables are located on the ground and third floors. Some tables are moveable and there are numerous rolling whiteboards.  Ethernet cables may be borrowed to plug into large monitors at some tables. 
  • The Flexible Learning and Instruction Place (FLIP) on the third floor is equipped with moveable tables, rolling whiteboards, and Ethernet cables for flexible study spaces.
  • Studio @ Gordon on the ground floor is an active learning space for project teams, student groups, and classes.  
Multimedia Lab

Renovated in 2017 and expanded in 2018, the Multimedia Lab is the Gordon Library's premier computing space for working with graphics-intensive software and multimedia files. The lab offers:

  • 19 multimedia workstations with memory, hardware, and software that support work creating and editing media files. See a full list of available software.
  • Color printer
Quiet Study Spaces

Quiet study spaces are available throughout the Library. The entire first floor (lower level) is a dedicated quiet area, Other quiet study spaces in the library include individual study carrels on the upper / third floor. 

Reflection Space

The Reflection Space is a quiet space for reflection, prayer, and meditation, located on the library's first floor. The space is equipped with soft seating, meditation pillows, prayer mats, carpets, plants, and rocking chairs and overlooks a quiet green space on campus. The space was created in collaboration with the Office of Accessibility Services. Read more about the Reflection Space.

Service and Information Centers
  • Several service and information centers are conveniently located on the entrance level of the library: 
The Print Center

The Print Center, located opposite the IT Service Desk offers printing, scanning, and photocopying.

  • Copiers and printers require a WPI ID or a copy card for payment.
  • For details on equipment and fees, see ITS Pay for Print.