Confessions of a Library Hopper: Geology Library

Connie Chen, a library assistant in the Rare Books & Manuscript Library, will review libraries across campus for the benefit of those in search of a fresh study spot.

Geology Library at-a-glance:


Location: Schermerhorn Hall, 6th Floor West
Facilities: Computers, Printers, Copy Machine
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am – 10pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 12 – 5pm
Sunday 2 – 5pm
Special Note: Comfy armchairs with folding tray tables! 

If you appreciate the fancy light fixtures and wood paneling galore of Butler Library, but desire fewer crowds and a quieter atmosphere (read: less group “studying”), the secluded and little-known Geology Library in Schermerhorn Hall may be for you. Located in the west wing of the sixth floor, it hosts “over 93,000 volumes and 1,200 serial subscriptions,” mostly related to terrestrial geology, accordingeo_2g to the library’s site. Indeed, a glance at the periodical shelves revealed titles such as “Quaternaire”, “Geo News”, and of course, “Shale Shaker”.

GEO_ROOMBut the space is not only for those in search of references on rocks. The pleasant pale yellow walls of the Geology Library attract a handful of your average industrious students on any given afternoon. Though it is one of the smaller libraries on campus, there’s usually plenty of open studying space; the library boasts two large work tables (seating for four people at each), ten or so single-person desks, and my personal favorite, several cushy leather armchairs positioned in front of the tall windows and between shelves of leather-bound books. These most-excellent chairs also come equipped with oval-shaped folding tray-tables, making them ideal for your lengthy Sunday afternoon Lit Hum or CC reading marathon.

Do you have a favorite study spot on campus? Library Hopper wants to know!