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Places to Study

There are spaces throughout the library for various modes of study, whether you are in a group or studying by yourself.


Individual and Small Group Study

Study rooms are located on the 2nd floor of Abell Library, along the west wall (Rooms 214-219) and south wall (Rooms 220-225). Study rooms can now be reserved online in advance!

Group study is also encouraged throughout the 1st floor, where there are several locations designed for collaboration. Study room policies are located here.


Quiet Study

The entire 2nd floor of Abell Library is designated as the Quiet Area. Tables sized for individual or small group study can be found here, along with individual study carrels.


There are multiple spaces in the library where computers can be accessed. The library has many desktop computers running the latest version of Windows, and which feature a robust variety of software. These computers are open to all current students, faculty, and staff of Austin College. (See the Information Technology webpage for more information on the library's available computers as well as other labs located around campus.) There are 3 additional computers designated for library catalog only-access (2 on 1st floor, 1 on 2nd floor). 


1st Floor/Main Library

  • 6 PCs* - located in Collaborative Study Area (just beyond the Reference Desk and Large Presentation Area on the left as you enter); *one computer features a flatbed scanner for personal use
  • 30 PCs** - located in Abell Computer Classroom (NW corner, past the Research Help Desk and adjacent to Collaborative Study Area); **open lab use available whenever classes are not scheduled in room


1st Floor/Extended Study Area 24 hour access with AC ID

  • 10 PCs - Extended Study Area is on 1st floor to the left of the main entrance, adjacent to Circulation Desk
  • 3 printers - 2 black & white; 1 color


2nd Floor

  • 4 PCs - located in various locations throughout the floor (2 in central walkway, 2 in northside walkway near the windows)
  • 1 printer - located near BYOD Room (Rm 208)



A flatbed scanner is available for use by anyone with AC login credentials. The scanner is connected to a desktop PC located in the Collaborative Study Area on the first floor. (see 1st Floor/Main Library above)


Wireless Network Access

All AC students, faculty, and staff have complimentary WiFi access. For more information and to register your device, please visit IT's Wireless Network and Registration webpage. Guests may utilize complimentary wireless Internet while in the building. Please inquire at the Circulation Desk to obtain credentials.

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