Skip to main content

_FYE: First Year Experience - Storrs — What's in the Babbidge Library?

This library guide supports FYE classes at the Storrs Campus Library. It is an introduction to college research and library resources.

Navigating the Library: Click each tab to learn about the physical locations


  • My Accounts: Access your library account (good for checking all the books you have out!) with your NetID and password
  • Ask a Librarian: Live chat with an UConn librarian or search the library FAQ 
  • General Search (the Search Bar): The Google of the UConn library. Search for books, ebooks, media, articles and more. 
  • Research Databases: The main access point for the UConn Library Databases
  • Research Guides: Library resources & research tips tailored to your subject
  • Interlibrary Services: Request items (books, articles, films, etc.) owned by the UConn Library and beyond
  • Undergraduate Students Start Guide: Useful information about the library in one place. Good for getting started

The Plaza level is the busiest part of the library, with the campus community entering and leaving, asking for help from staff, and checking out materials at the iDesk.

You'll find:

  • the iDesk (860.486.2518), to get research help; printed maps for the library, check out books, course reserve materials, keys for individual study rooms & lockers, laptops, and other devices
  • Auriemma Reading Room
  • New Books area
  • Scanner (free)  and photocopier
  • Lost and Found, Security
  • 24 hour study room
  • BookWorms Area: Open 24/7 all year; Café; Mac & Dell workstations, HuskyPrint Printstation.  Bookworms Cafe accepts points and HuskyBucks.

Plaza Level Map

plaza map icon


Level 1

You'll find: 

  • Instruction Rooms 1136, 1137, 1102 –When the instruction rooms are empty, you are welcome to work in any of them. 
  • ITS (Information Technology) Help Center for tech questions, computer help. Printers, scanners & HuskyBucks Machine to add money  to your UConn ID.
  • Printing Using the Huskyprint, the university self service printing service, you can print documents at any of the HuskyPrint printers. Both Color and Black and White are available. Printers in the library are located on Level 1, B and Bookworms. See  for locations and more information.
  • Research Help Librarians are available online on chat – Ask a Librarian (see library homepage) from Monday through Friday. Staff answer questions ranging from the location of a book in the library to providing extensive research assistance.  Librarians help you find the best academic sources and save time on research. 
  • Group Study Rooms (Level 1) Collaborate on course assignments and digital projects.  More group studies are on B, 2, 3, & 4. Use for 1-3 hours. Reserve up to 3 days in advance.
  • Computers  Login with NetID and password.
  • Water Bottle Fill Stations – 3 stations on level 1
  • Maker Studio   Space offering a variety of equipment - 3D printer, laser cutters, plotter and computers with design software, for turning ideas into tangible objects

Level 1 Map

Level 2  is a busy floor with activity from the Writing Center and the Q Center.

You'll find:
  • Writing Center
  • Q Center (Quantitative Learning Center) : Drop-in tutoring focusing on lower-division Q courses in Chemistry, Math, Physics, and Statistics 
  • Art & Design Library (Quiet Study)
  • Video Theaters 1 and 2
  • Lockers providing temporary lockable space. Check out a key at iDesk. 2 week loan, non-renewable
  • Instruction Room 2118
  • Scanner
  • Group Study Rooms

Science and Social Sciences Collections 
Call Numbers: H, J, Q, R, S, T, N 

Level 2 Map

hbl map level 2

Level 3, you'll find: 
  • Individual study carrels (15 available): Individual study rooms are available for checkout at the iDesk. 4 hours /some with windows. Max 2 people
  • Lockers providing temporary lockable space. Check out a key at iDesk. 2 week loan, non-renewable.
  • One Button Studio  - a quiet room for audio and video recording
  • Journals and Magazines
  • Scanner
  • Group Study Rooms
  • Graduate Study Commons (graduate students only)

Level 3 Map

Level 4
4 North: Quiet Study Area  (whispering only)

Geography, History, Literature, Psychology, and Religion Collections and the Oversize Collection
Call Numbers: B, C, D, E, F, G, P

Level 4 Map

Level B
​You'll find: 

  • Computer lab with printing
  • Leisure Reading Room – 400-500 titles. Bestsellers, biographies, etc. for light reading, worldwide travel guides
  • UConn Police  Substation
  • Federal & State Documents Primary Research material in the State and Federal government documents
  • Microform Collections
  • Microfilm Reader/Scanners
  • Group Study Rooms

Call Numbers: Ref, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 800, 900, Conn Docs, Fed Docs

Level B Map

Level A

Quiet Study Area

You'll find:

Law, Military Science & Naval Science, Bibliography & Library Science Collections
Call Numbers: A, K, L, U, V, Z,  UConn Theses & Dissertations


Level A Map

Library Policies
Library policies, such as those noted below, were created to ensure that the library is a welcoming place for everyone. 
  • Noise: Be respectful of those studying or working  around you.  Choose the study floor that's right for you.  Group study rooms are available if you need a place to work with your group.
  • Food:  Hot foods are not allowed, however we do allow some foods, like sandwiches, packaged foods, and vending-machine type candy, chips, and snacks. Acceptable beverages to have in the library are covered and spill-proof, such as travel mugs with lids and bottles with screw-on tops. No foods or beverages are permitted around public computers, video viewing stations, photocopiers, printers, or microfilm reader/printers.
  • Hours See the hours link on the library homepage. We extend hours during exam periods and reduce them during recess and inter session times.
  • Borrowing: Have your HuskyCard at all times to borrow material and check out rooms. Read your UConn email to receive reminders and important information about your account.  This can help avoid fines.
  • Printing Using the Huskyprint, the university self service printing service, you can print documents at any of the HuskyPrint printers. Both Color and Black and White are available. Printers in the library are located on Level 1, B and Bookworms. See  for locations and more information.


• How are books organized in the library?
As with many college libraries, we use the Library of Congress system. Books are organized by subject See Call Number Floor Map for details on locations or pick up a Call Number Bookmark at the iDesk. Materials can be found in Storrs, at a regional campus library or online.
• How do I borrow books from other libraries?
Interlibrary Services allows you to borrow materials at no cost to you from the UConn  libraries and libraries worldwide. Materials from other libraries are delivered to Storrs or to the UConn  campus library of your choice.  
• Where are the study rooms?
Individual (Temporary) research carrels are available on the third floor. Check out a key at the iDesk to use a room for 4 hours.  
Group Study Rooms can be reserved online and are located on levels B, 1, 2, 3 and 4. 

For more information about library study spaces, consult the Babbidge Library Study Spaces The guide provides an overview of study spaces in the library, including group study rooms.

• How can I get research help?
Chat with Ask a Librarian or ask for help at the iDesk on the Plaza level.

When the chat service is offline, check out the FAQ, the Research Quickstart guide or the Research Now modules. 

Library Accounts

My Accounts:

UConn Library Account: View and renew items you’ve checked out from the UConn Library
MyILLiad: View and renew interlibrary loan ILLiad items; request articles, books, media not owned by UConn Library and Scans of materials from the library collection
RefWorksManage bibliographies and citations

MyEBSCOHost: (optional): Save search strategies, set up personalized email alerts, and create folders to save results. Create your own account or use your UConn Google account.

Google Scholar and UConn

Need Help?

JavaScript disabled or chat unavailable.