Facilities

Burling Library

About Burling Library

Burling Library Floor Plan

Restrooms

The women's restroom--located at the extreme west end of Burling basement--and the men's restroom--located at the east end of Burling basement are not handicap accessible. The co-ed restrooms located on the first, third and fourth floors near the elevator are all handicap accessible. 

Elevators

An elevator is located about midway between the north and south walls on each floor in Burling.  

At the Circulation Desk

The following items are available for use or check-out at the Burling circulation desk:

  • headphones 
  • laptop locks
  • network cables
  • staplers
  • pencil sharpener
  • three-hole punch
  • tape

White Boards

There are several portable white boards on the first floor and lower level of Burling.  Ask at the circulation desk if you need dry erase markers.

Lockers

Burling Library lockers are located on the second floor at the west end of the stacks. A $5 deposit is required to reserve a locker. One dollar is charged per semester and 50 cents per summer and for half a semester. To apply for a locker, please fill out, sign, print the application form, and give to a circulation desk supervisor.

Lost and Found

Found items are kept at the Burling Circulation Desk. If the owner is identifiable, Circulation staff will attempt to contact them by telephone or email. Any items that are left are disposed of/recycled at the end of the semester unless they seem of some value (like a pair of glasses). Unclaimed flash drives will be sent to IT, where they are wiped of personal data and offered free to students.

Display Areas

The following areas of Burling Library usually feature a display of books and audio-visual materials on a topic of interest, a selection from special collections, or a featured author: around the corner from the entrance on the first floor, on top of the newspaper shelves in that same area, near the "jungle gyms" on the south end of the first floor, and in the Burling Gallery.  When searching for these items in the online catalog, the location of the display will show in place of the call number.

Bulletin Boards

Posters for campus and community events that are open to the public may be posted on the bulletin boards by the entrance and exit to Burling Library. Bring any item you would like posted on these boards to the Circulation Desk for approval and posting. The bulletin board located on the west side of the central office core, first floor has a section for patrons to post questions or comments about the Libraries. The Librarian of the College reviews these regularly and will post replies.

Prairie Plant Banners

The Center for Prairie Studies and the Grinnell College Libraries have collaborated in the installation of two dramatic photographs of prairie plants that hang on the first floor of Burling Library, on the east and west brick walls (south side). Created by the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, these photographs portray the astonishing root systems that help the prairie survive fire, cold, and severe droughts. Read more.

History of Burling Library

Burling Library, designed by Walter A. Netsch, Jr., of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, was built in 1959. Named for Mrs. Lucy Burnham Burling of Eldora, Iowa, the new building replaced Carnegie Hall as the college's main library. The renovation and expansion of Burling Library to 60, 739 square feet took place in 1982-1983 under the direction of Ben Weese, of Weese Segers Hickey Weese, Ltd. of Chicago, whose design doubled the study and shelf space available in the original building. Dennis Langley was the project manager for Weese Seegers Hickey Weese, and Donald O. Rod served as the librarian-consultant. Burling Library is nationally recognized for its creative and comfortable study areas. There are attractive reading areas on the first and second floors, as well as study carrels throughout the building.

Accessibility

We are committed to making the collections and services of the Grinnell College Libraries as accessible as possible. If you have concerns or questions about physical access or services in the Grinnell College Libraries that aren't addressed here, please contact Micki Behounek, Manager of Access Services (641-269-3354; behounek[at]grinnell[dot]edu).

Parking and building access

Accessible parking for those visiting Burling Library is located northeast and southwest of the building. There is a ramp leading to the north entrance from the lots. The main entrance to the library is barrier-free. A campus accessibility map, including the libraries and parking lots, is available on the Accessibility Resources website.

Facilities

All levels of Burling Library can be reached by elevator. However, some of the book stacks and other areas are currently not accessible. Please ask library staff for assistance if you need materials from these areas. Most of the computer stations in the first floor Computer Commons are wheelchair accessible. Restrooms on first, third and fourth floors of Burling are designated as wheelchair accessible and equipped with grab bars.   Library staff at any public service desk can assist you with using the copiers. The viewing and listening stations in the Burling Media Room are not accessible. Library staff in the Burling Media Room or at the Circulation Desk can assist you with other arrangements for viewing or listening to discs or tapes that are on Reserve. 

Finding and using library materials

Library staff can provide physical assistance with searching the libraries' online catalog or other electronic resources.

Circulation services

  • Paging of books upon request (please allow ample time)
  • Renewal of loans by phone
  • Arrangements for others to borrow materials for the patron
  • Extension of loans of reserve materials and renewals of reserve materials by phone. 

Questions about or problems with the service should be addressed to Micki Behounek (641-269-3354;behounek[at]grinnell[dot]edu).

Reference services

Individual appointments for research assistance or orientation to the Burling Library and its resources may be scheduled with members of the research librarians. Research librarians are unable to provide extensive look-ups, index searches, reading, note-taking, form completion, etc. Patrons who require such services should confer with the Academic Student Support and Advising staff to make appropriate arrangements or otherwise make their own provisions for these services. In some cases, patrons may wish to ask readers, note-takers, interpreters, etc., to accompany them to the research desk, to an individual appointment session, or elsewhere within the library so the assistants will be better able to continue with whatever follow-up help is required.

Adaptive technology

An Aladdin Rainbow Personal Reader is located on the 3rd floor, on the North side on Burling near Carrel #322,  There is a large-print help manual at the carrel.

Additional information

For more information about support services and programs for students with special needs at Grinnell College, contact the Academic Advising Office at 641-269-3702 or go to the Accessibility Resources page.

Computing, Printing, and Copying

Computers

PCs (Windows): Network Log-in required

  • Lower Level: Burling Computing Lab: 11
  • Level 1: Computer Commons: 12
  • Levels 2-4: 10

Macs: Network Log-in required

  • Level 1: 3 + 1 quick-use Mac with no log-in Required
  • Levels 2-3: 5

Kiosk (no log-in required): 2

Networked Printers

  • Lower level: Burling Computing Lab: 1
  • Level 1: Computer Commons: 1
  • Level 2 (color printer): 1

Copying Equipment (Photocopiers, Scanners, Microform Readers, etc.)

  • Photocopiers: 3 (Levels 1, 2, 4): Copies are 5 cents per exposure. All machines accept the Pioneer One-Card and will use a departmental code. Will make change for $1 and $5 bills, quarters, and dimes.
  • Flatbed scanners: 2 (Computer Commons and Burling Computing Lab)
  • Microfiche readers: 4 (Lower Level)
  • Microfilm readers: 3 (Lower Level)
  • Microprint readers: 1 (Lower Level)
  • Microform reader/digital scanner: 1 (Lower Level)

Plasma Screen Monitor: Burling Computing Commons

  • Available for academic use by students in the Computing Commons, but use for library instruction has priority.
  • Reserved for tutorial use Tuesdays and Thursdays / 8-10 a.m. during fall term.
  • May be moved to the Media Room for group viewing. Please ask in advance at the Burling Circulation Desk.

Wireless Network

Wireless access is available throughout Burling and Kistle. There are wireless ports in various locations; however, access may be limited by architectural features. Computers must be registered with the campus network in order to use wireless services.

Please see Kistle Science Library for additional computers, printers, and copying equipment.

Group Study, Meeting, and Teaching Spaces

Group Study Spaces

Two semi-private spaces are available on Burling's first floor (west side, next to Current Journals) for group meetings. Each accommodates 4 or 5 people around a table, with power and data. There is a 22" monitor mounted on the wall in the first Consultation Space; cables are available at the Circulation Desk. Use is first come, first served.

The Burling Library Conference Room and the Burling Library Small Conference Room on the lower level are available for group study on evenings and weekends, first come, first served.

Meeting and Teaching Spaces

Burling Conference Room

The Burling Library Conference Room is located on the basement level. The conference room accomodates up to 12 people comfortably.  There are facilities for tele-conferencing; a networked computer with a projector; an overhead projector; a pull down screen; and a white board.

For reservations, please determine what day and time you would like to make a reservation and direct your request to Burling Conference Room reservations at CNFBURLL[at]grinnell[dot]edu or contact Sharon Clayton at 269-3351 or clayton[at]grinnell[dot]edu to reserve a space and please include the time and date, course number, instructor name and a request for facility instruction (if needed). 

Burling Small Conference Room

The Burling Library Small Conference Room is also located on the basement level and accomodates up to 4 people comfortably.
  
For reservations, please determine what day and time you would like to make a reservation and direct your request to Burling Small Conference Room reservations at CNFBURLLSMALL2grinnell.edu or contact Sharon Clayton at 269-3351 or clayton[at]grinnell[dot]edu to reserve a space and please include the time and date, course number, and instructor name and a request for facility instruction (if needed).

Burling Computing Lab

The Burling Computing Lab includes 11 PC-based workstations, an instructor's station, and projection. The workstations are on the perimeter of the room, and tables for discussion are in the center of the room.

The Lab may be reserved for individual class sessions. Send a request to CNFBURIIF[at]grinnell[dot]edu or contact Sharon Clayton at 269-3351 or clayton[at]grinnell[dot]edu. Please include the time and date, course number, and instructor name.

The Lab may be scheduled for semester-long courses by contacting the Registrar. The Fall Semester, Tuesday-Thursday / 8:00-9:50 AM time block is not available for semester-long courses and is reserved for research literacy instruction for Tutorial.

The Lab is open for general computing use when not reserved for meetings.

Kistle Science Library

About Kistle Science Library

Kistle Library Floor Plan

Restrooms

There are no restrooms in Kistle Science Library; Noyce Science Center has multiple restrooms on each floor.

Elevators

Refer to the Kistle Science Library Accessibility Map to locate elevators in the Noyce Science Center.

At the Circulation Desk

The following items are available for use or check-out at the Kistle circulation desk:

  •     headphones 
  •     laptop locks
  •     network cables
  •     staplers
  •     pencil sharpener
  •     three-hole punch
  •     tape
  •     dry-erase markers

Lost and Found

Found items are kept at the Kistle Circulation Desk. If the owner is identifiable, Circulation staff will attempt to contact them by telephone or email. Any items that are left are disposed of/recycled at the end of the semester unless they seem of some value (like a pair of glasses). Unclaimed flash drives will be sent to IT, where they are wiped of personal data and offered free to students.

The History of Kistle Science Library

The Kistle Science Library was constructed in 2007 encompassing 10,553 square feet and serves the entire campus and contains books, journals, and other materials pertaining to the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, Psychology and their associated majors and concentrations.  The Library is located on the second floor, north side of the Noyce Science Center (1116 8th Avenue) and is named after Helen Pierce Kistle who graduated from the College in 1938.  Helen Pierce Kistle expressed a life-long passion for education and, in particular, literacy. She was active in her local library, serving as a board member and volunteer. 

Accessibility

We are committed to making the collections and services of the Grinnell College Libraries as accessible as possible. If you have concerns or questions about physical access or services in the Grinnell College Libraries that aren't addressed here, please contact Micki Behounek, Manager of Access Services (641-269-3354; behounek[at]grinnell[dot]edu).

Parking and building access

Kistle Science Library is located on the second floor of the Robert N. Noyce Science Center. Accessible parking for those visiting the Kistle Science Library is located north of the building. A campus accessibility map, including the libraries and parking lots, is available on the Accessibility Services website.

Facilities

The main level of Kistle Science Library can be reached by elevator, as outlined below and on these maps:

Entering the south doors of the Noyce Science Center:

Almost immediately, turn left and go down the ramp onto the first floor of the Science "elbow." Go around the elbow, turn left before the stairs, and take the elevator to the 2nd floor. On the 2nd floor, turn right out of the elevator and follow the signs to the Kistle Science Library.

Entering the west doors of the Noyce Science Center:

Turn right immediately past the staircase and then turn right again down the short hallway toward the restrooms. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor. On the 2nd floor, turn right out of the elevator and follow the signs to the Kistle Science Library.

Enter the northeast double doors of the Noyce Science Center:

Inside the doors, immediately turn left, go down the hallway, and then turn right before the doors to the loading dock. Down that hallway is an elevator, take it to the 2nd floor. Turn right out of the elevator and then--almost immediately--take another right down a long hallway. Follow the signs to the Kistle Science Library. All of the book stacks are accessible. The bound journal stacks are contained in compact shelving. Ask staff at the public service desk for assistance. The third floor mezzanine, containing only study carrels, is not wheelchair accessible. Most of the computer stations are wheelchair accessible. . Library staff at any public service desk can assist you with using the copiers.

Finding and using library materials

Library staff can provide physical assistance with searching the libraries' online catalog or other electronic resources.

Circulation services

  • Paging of books upon request (please allow ample time)
  • Renewal of loans by phone
  • Arrangements for others to borrow materials for the patron
  • Extension of loans of reserve materials and renewals of reserve materials by phone.

Questions about or problems with the service should be address to Micki Behounek (641-269-3354;behounek[at]grinnell[dot]edu).

Reference services  

Individual appointments for research assistance or orientation to the Kistle Library and its resources may be scheduled with members of the research staff. Research staff are unable to provide extensive look-ups, index searches, reading, note-taking, form completion, etc. Patrons who require such services should confer with the Academic Student Support and Advising staff to make appropriate arrangements or otherwise make their own provisions for these services. In some cases, patrons may wish to ask readers, note-takers, interpreters, etc., to accompany them to the research desk, to an individual appointment session, or elsewhere within the library so the assistants will be better able to continue with whatever follow-up help is required.

Additional information

For more information about support services and programs for students with special needs at Grinnell College, contact the Academic Advising Office at 641-269-3702 or go to the Accessibility Resources page.

Computing, Printing, and Copying

Computers

  • Dual-boot PC/Macs (network log-in required): 14
  •  Kiosk (no log-in required): 2

Networked Printers: 1

Copying Equipment (Photocopiers, Scanners, Microform Readers, etc.)

  • Photocopier: 1. Copies are 5 cents per exposure. All machines accept the Pioneer One-Card and will use a departmental code. Will make change for $1 and $5 bills, quarters, and dimes.
  • Flatbed scanner: 1

Wireless Network

Wireless access is available throughout Kistle Science Library. There are wireless ports in various locations; however, access may be limited by architectural features. Computers must be registered with the campus network in order to use wireless services.

Please see Burling Library for additional computers, printers, and copying equipment.

Group Study and Meeting Spaces

Group Study

Kistle Science Library has four group study rooms, to be used on a first-come, first-served basis.  One of the rooms has a projector that can be connected to the existing computer or a personal laptop, for use in practicing PowerPoint or other presentations. 

White Boards

All of the Kistle group study rooms feature a white board.  Ask at the circulation desk if you need dry erase markers.