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Introduction to Murphy Library: UWL START: Computers & Study Spaces

Use this guide as a general guide to the resources, services, and spaces available to you at Murphy Library. This is the perfect introduction for first-year students, transfer students, or that junior or senior that hasn't been to the library in a while.


Murphy Library is the largest open-access computer lab on the UWL campus, with 55 computers located on the first floor and more computers available upstairs. Students may use any of these computer by logging in with their NetID and password. 

All the computers in Murphy Library have popular software as well as some course-specific software. Please visit the ITS classroom and labs software listing for a full listing of the programs available.


Library Classrooms & Instruction

Library classrooms are used for instruction classes and held in Room 121 (located on the main floor of the library) or Room 30 (located downstairs). See our floor plans for more info.

Murphy Library offers more than 250 information literacy and research strategy classes every year, reaching more than 5,000 UWL students annually. Librarians introduce students to library resources, information technology, research strategies, and information literacy skills such as critical thinking.

These classrooms are also used for library events and workshops.


Study Areas

Main Floor

The main floor of the library contains the Collaborative Learning Information Commons (CLIC). This area is designed to promote group work, study groups, and collaborative learning. You will find Mac and Windows computers, whiteboard tables, and movable furniture all designed to help accommodate group work. The tables also work well for individuals who like to spread out to do their work. This is not a quiet study area - feel free to talk!

Study Rooms

Individual and group study rooms are located on the second floor and in the basement of the library. All study rooms are first come, first served.

Quiet Study Areas

Quiet study areas are also located on the second floor and basement of the library. Please see our floor plans for locations.