Please review Collins Library Food, Drink & Noise Policy. Here's a summary:
* Drinks must be in covered, spill proof containers.
* No messy foods, hot prepared meals, or dining hall trays.
* Use the designated Break Zone in the basement when possible located next to drink vending machine.
* Be aware of other library users: keep your voice down and cell phones off.
* Use designated recycle bins.
* LEAVE NO TRACE of food or drink.
Lost and found items can usually be retrieved at the Circulation Desk. Disks or CDs lost in the Learning Commons can be found at the Learning Commons desk.
There are 2 conference rooms available for meetings: The McCormick Room (3rd floor: seats 25) or the Misner Room (main floor: seats 27). To reserve these rooms contact Sarah Comstock at x3236 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a presentation room (Rm 020) in the lower level that can be reserved through Technology Services at x8585.
Visit the Puget Sound's Places and Spaces: Other venues page to see detailed descriptions and find email links to reserve a room in the library. Scroll down to view the library section.
You can submit an online request by going to our library display reservation request form online.
You need your network user ID and password to log on to these computers. If you don't have that information, go to the Technology Service Desk during business hours, or call x8585 at any time.
The University of Washington-Tacoma library has three public access terminals, and can issue temporary NetIDs for use with laptops to requestors affiliated with an institution of higher education (so remember your UPS ID card). Patrons can use the public access terminals for research until the doors are locked in the evening. The terminals have access to all of the electronic journals and databases to which the UW subscribes and there is access to websites in the .edu, .gov, .org and .mil domains. However, general commercial websites have been blocked. Users who have requested a temporary net ID can access online resources while in the library and on campus.
There is no fax machine available in the library; however, Mail Services in Wheelock basement does have one available.
There are three scanners located in the Learning Commons.
There are usable ports in all the study carrels, study rooms, and tables in the Reading Room. Wireless internet access is available on all levels except the 4th floor (this is in the process of being upgraded to cover this floor).
No. Copy Services (yellow house across the alley from Wheelock Student Center) can produce color prints and copies. Fees for color copies are $0.50 - $1.50 depending on number of copies, size and paper used. Contact Copy Services (email@example.com) for more information.
The library does not have any printers able to make oversized prints, but you can print posters in several locations. Copy services at Puget Sound can help with prints that are 11"x17", 13"x19", 11"x40", or 3 ft. x 100 ft. max. If you need other sizes, local businesses like Tacoma Reprographics (now ARC), Graphic Services or FedEx Kinkos can provide oversize printing.
DVDs can be viewed in the viewing stations at Technology Services on the lower level.
Full text databases and electronic journals offer content in PDF and HTML. Simply follow your Kindle's instructions for the file type of your choice.
Maps for the main floor, lower level, second, and third and fourth floors are available online, at the Circulation Desk and in all of the elevators. If you're looking for a book, use the maps to match the call number with the floor. For call numbers D-LZ, check out the second floor detail map.
The instruction classroom is in room 118, next to the Learning Commons on the main floor.
The accessible bathroom is located on the main floor next to the Learning Commons.
Most places are quiet, although there is less traffic on the second, third and fourth floors. See Group & Quiet Study.
Group study rooms are located on the lower level, near the book stacks A – C, and in Library 124, on the main floor. Find individual study rooms on the main floor, near the men's restroom; and on the mezzanine.
Water fountains are outside of the bathrooms located on the lower level near the copiers, on the main floor near the reference collection, on the second floor across from the display cases and on the third floor at the top of the stairs.
If you’re using a cell phone, and have received or made a call, you can talk in a study room or in the entryway outside the library’s main security gates.
If you need a phone, there are a few phones for student use. Basement: next to women's room in the break zone, 3rd floor: outside McCormick Room, and 4th floor by the elevator.
There is a copier (coins required) on the main floor in the Media/DVD room. Copies are 10 cents each. There are additional copiers in the basement for campus staff with a departmental entry code provided by Copy Services.
To get change for the copiers, or for help using them, just ask at the Circulation Desk.
Most current periodicals are shelved on the lower level in room 007 against the south wall. Issues of browsing periodicals and newspapers of general interest are located on the main level in the west reading room.
Titles beginning A - American Geologist : Room 012
Titles American Harp - JAMA : Room 007
Titles James - Z : Room 006
Use the guide to finding fiction in the library.
Print university theses are located on the 3rd floor across from the McCormick Room.
All theses added after 2011 are electronic and can be found in Sound Ideas.
Videos, DVDs, and audio material on reserve are located behind the Circulation Desk. Videos, CDs and cases for DVDs available for check-out are located in the room adjacent to the Circulation Desk. To check out a DVD, just take the case to the Circulation Desk.
When you try to access databases and other subscription resources from off-campus through the library web page, an authentication page should pop up for you to enter your university e-mail username and password. For more information, or to troubleshoot, check out our Off-Campus Access tips.
The library has quick handouts online as PDFs and near the Learning Commons for MLA, APA 5th Edition, and Chicago styles (including humanities style, author-date, and a supplement for history papers). You can find more information and more styles on the Style Manuals page. For more involved questions, consult style manuals in the reference and reserve collection. Find them by searching SIMON, the library catalog.
There are several ways to get help with your research.