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Spring Finals Have Arrived!

Note: Special Library Hours before and during Finals.

Monday - Friday, April 21st - 25th OPEN 7:00AM – 2:00AM
Saturday, April 26th OPEN 9:00AM - 2:00AM
Sunday, April 27thOPEN Noon – 2:00AM

Monday - Friday, April 28th - May 2nd OPEN 7:00AM – 2:00AM
Saturday, May 3rdOPEN 9:00AM - 2:00AM
Sunday, May 4th OPEN Noon – 2:00AM

Monday - Tuesday, May 5th and 6thOPEN 7:00AM – 2:00AM
Wednesday, May 7th (last day of Finals)OPEN 7:00AM – 8:00PM

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

Late Nights:a student studying

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 (812-464-1907), email, chat, text (812-496-4466), or in-person for research help. see also "Contact Us"
  • Use How To Cite Sources to finish last-minute citations or ask at Reference.


  • A variety of table and chair arrangements 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 (812-464-1913) or the Reference desk (812-464-1907) if there are any loud disruptions. You may also text a librarian @ 812-496-4466 during Reference Desk hours, or chat with a librarian at http://www.usi.edu/library/forms/refform.asp.


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 intended 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.
  • 2 Media Hubs on main floor, ask at Checkout counter or Reference for assistance.

Timed Tests:

  • Computers in Lab A and B (1st floor) are the most reliable in that they may receive software updates sooner than other computers and are recommended 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 stairwell 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!