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 450; 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.
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
- Multicultural Perspectives: A Collection from the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) containing literature about the sociocultural experiences of traditionally underrepresented groups - 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 email@example.com.
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.
*Please note that the Library Café has open seating and provides paper goods, a microwave and toaster for use. Food and drink are not available for purchase at this time.
Computers for general use are located throughout the Library. They include:
- Multimedia workstations with graphics-intensive software available in the InfoCommons near the Library Cafe on the entrance level.
- Bloomberg Terminals, also located in the InfoCommons near the Library Cafe. Additional terminals are also available in the Financial Math Lab (Salisbury 412) and the Business School (Washburn 323).
- Multimedia lab on the first 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.
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 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 space for project teams, student groups, and classes.
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 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.
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
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.