Spotlight Feature

Spotlight Feature!

Spring Finals and Library Extended Hours!

Wednesday, May 1st & Thursday, May 2ndOPEN 7:00AM – 2:00AM
  Friday, May 3rdOPEN 7:00AM – 7:00PM
  Saturday, May 4thOPEN 9:00AM – 9:00PM
  Sunday, May 5thOPEN 12Noon – 2:00AM
  Monday, May 6th & Tuesday, May 7thOPEN 7:00AM – 2:00AM
  Wednesday, May 8thOPEN 7:00AM – 6:00PM

Rice Library is a great place to prepare for exams or finish those papers and projects.
Here are some important tips to make the most of the library, stay stress-free, and avoid a last-minute crisis!

Late Nights:a student studying

Unplug and Unwind

  • If the noise is getting to you, earplugs available at   Checkout
  • Are Finals puzzling you? Put the pieces together
      at Rice Library!
    Look near Reference Desk and help
      put a puzzle together
  • Get it off your chest! Rant and Rave using paper and   crayons provided – Lab A and Lab B, First Floor

Papers and Assignments:

  • Computers are available on all 4 floors of Rice Library. Laptops can be borrowed at the Checkout counter   on the 1st floor.
  • Save early and often! Computers have been known to log off without providing a recovery document.
  • When you start a document, immediately save it and then continue to save it periodically.
  • To print, you need funds on the FLEX Account of your Eagle Access card!
  • Black and White printing can be done from any of the printers on all 4 floors.
  • Remember, Reference librarians are available by phone, email, chat, text, or in-person for research help.
  • Use How To Cite Sources to finish last-minute citations or ask at Reference.


  • A variety of tables, chairs, and couches are available on all 4 floors of the library.
  • Reading rooms for quiet study are located on the 2nd and 4th floors.
  • Contact the Checkout counter (464-1913) or the Reference desk (464-1907) if there are any loud   disruptions. You may also text a librarian @ 496-4466 during Reference Desk hours, or chat with a   librarian at


Group Projects:

  • Use 1 of 30 group study rooms on floors 2-4 of the library.
  • Rooms are on a first come, first serve basis and meant for group, not individual, use.
  • Laptops can be borrowed at the Checkout counter on the 1st floor for group computer work.
  • Dry-erase markers for the whiteboards are also available at the Checkout counter.

Timed Tests:

  • Computers in Lab A and B (1st floor) are the most reliable and should be used for timed tests.
  • Always check the lab schedule posted on the door for any potential interruptions.
  • If you are unfamiliar with Mac computers, we don't advise using one for a timed test.


  • Remember to be courteous and respectful to fellow students who are also under stress.
  • Keep your voice down and use Group Study Rooms if you need to work with others.
  • Ear plugs are available at Checkout on the 1st floor
  • Use headphones (available at Checkout) when listening to music or videos on the computer.
  • Use cell phones only in the staircase or public corridor. Remember to save your work if leaving a computer   to avoid losing your work due to timeout.
  • Take a break in the public corridor with a snack and drink from Starbucks or the vending machines.

The Staff at Rice Library wishes you all the best of luck on your finals, and we hope you enjoy your
Summer Recess!

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