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.
Our four floors are easily accessible by all users.
- All floors are accessible by stairs and elevator.
- Restrooms are located on all floors as well as handicapped accessible restrooms; a multi-stalled gender neutral bathroom is located on the first floor in the multimedia lab area
Computers for general use are located throughout the Library. Additionally, we offer the following computer access opportunities:
- PCs available on the second and third floors.
- A multimedia lab on the first floor, in which students can access specialist software and three Bloomberg terminals
- The Shuster Lab for Digital Scholarship on the first floor is a space for individual and small group learning, practice, and projects involving digital scholarship.
- The Anderson Instruction Lab is available to staff and students for library instruction and software training.
- Software installed on computers throughout the Library and in the labs
- 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.
Quiet Study Spaces
Quiet study spaces are available throughout the Library. The first floor is a dedicated quiet area. Users may retreat from the dynamic interactions occurring elsewhere in the Library to these areas designated for quiet.
- Individual study carrels on the first and third floors.
- An inviting reading area, located on the first floor, offers users a quiet and comfortable place to read and relax.
Group Collaboration Spaces
The Gordon Library invite users to exchanges ideas and share information in one of several unique communal settings for collaborative work.
- The Information Commons on the second floor is for groups or individuals seeking a comfortable place for study and collaboration. It is conveniently located next to the IT Service Desk and the Class of 1970 Café.
- Private Tech Suites are available to reserve throughout the building, and offer the perfect technology-enabled place for group meetings. WPI faculty, staff, and 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. Reservations may also be made through the online reservation system.
- Group study areas are located on the ground and third floors.
- 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 and exploration space for project teams, student groups, and classes. The space, with capacity for 30-50 people, includes whiteboards, movable and varied furniture, and light supplies for idea generation, making, and building.
Service and Information Centers
Service and information centers are conveniently located on the second floor of the building in the Information Commons.
- The library Information Desk is located to the left just inside the main entrance.
- The IT Service Desk assists users with their technology needs and issues.
- The Academic Technology Center's Technology for Teaching and Learning supports faculty and students in the area of technology.
The Print Center
The Print Center, located next to the Information Commons 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.
The Class of 1970 Library Café
The Class of 1970 Library Café, adjacent to the Information Commons, provides an attractive place to enjoy light refreshments and the company of friends.
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.
- 3 Bloomberg terminals. Terminals are also available in the Financial Math Lab (Salisbury 412) and Foisie Business School (Washburn 323).
- Color printer
- 4 additional workstations with standard software loads in the extended lab area near the windows
Nursing Room (Room 203)
The Gordon Library offers the WPI community a small but private room suitable for nursing mothers. The room (Room 203) is located on the library's main level (2nd floor/entry level), and is open all hours that the library is open, including evenings and weekends. The room offers a small recliner, a refrigerator, and a window with a curtain. Find out more and reserve the nursing room.
Located on the third floor, the Browsery is a comfortable reading and browsing area with rotating featured book collections. The inaugural collections include:
- the Strage collection, with books on innovation, creativity in business, and entrepreneurship, made possible through the generosity of WPI Professor Henry Strage '54 and his wife Alberta Strage. Titles for this collection are selected by Gina Betti, Associate Director, WPI Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
- "Visualizing across the Disciplines," funded by the Frank and Wilma Berth Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, is a collection of works on visualization, visual and graphic design, and visual literacy and rhetoric. Books were selected for this collection based on the theme of "See Differently/See Profoundly," taking inspiration from visual communication expert Edward Tufte, who said: "The commonality between science and art is in trying to see profoundly--to develop strategies of seeing and showing."
All of the 300 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books published by WPI faculty are on display in the Faculty Publications area. 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 faculty publications can be browsed and borrowed by the WPI community.
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, 3D puzzles, and white noise machines and overlooks a quiet green space on campus. The space was created in collaboration with the Office of Disability Services. Read more about the Reflection Space.