The library is filled with tables and chairs, sofas, pods, and other comfortable places to study. Most tables and all pods come equipped with electrical outlets so you can recharge your devices while you work.
The McFadden-Willis Reading Room is a light-filled, airy space with couches, tables and chairs for studying or reading. This room is for anyone looking for a very quiet place to work.
The second and third floors of the library feature study carrels, or "pods." These are semi-enclosed areas with built-in desks and chairs. They're perfect for when you want a bit of privacy while you study.
The Library regularly hosts exhibits of artwork, historical artifacts, and selections from the UCM Library Special Collections. The exhibits include the annual Bobcat Art Show, featuring artwork by UCM students. The exhibits can be seen in various locations in the library building. To see photos of past and current exhibits, please follow this link: http://library.ucmerced.edu/use/exhibits
Collaborative and shared study rooms are available for undergraduate and graduate students wishing to study in groups and/or complete group assignments.
KL262 through KL376, on the second and third floors of the library, can accommodate up to 6 people. KL464 through KL474, on the fourth floor, can accommodate up to 12 people. All of the study rooms have large flat-panel monitors and dry erase whiteboards. KL 262 features a conference table outfitted with HDMI connections for screen sharing to a large monitor.s
To reserve the room for your group, use the online room reservation system EMS linked here. You can reserve a room up to 48 hours in advance for one or two hour blocks. Reservations are limited to one reservation per day, two reservations per week. Reservations expire if the room is left empty for more than 30 minutes. Back-to-back group reservations are not permitted.
For the policies governing study room use and a tutorial on using the online reservation system, click here.
The Lantern Café, on the first floor of the library building, offers coffee and coffee-based drinks, tea, lemonade, and a variety of snacks and pastries for hungry scholars. And every week, there are food trucks parked in the space between the Library and the Classroom and Office Building 2.