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Library Spaces


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The Upstairs Library quiet study area


Guests and graduates are welcome to visit the NECO Library to use our print and electronic resources on site. Please sign in at the College front desk, and indicate that you are visiting the library. When you arrive, let library staff at the service desk know that you would like to access our resources, and we will give you the guest pass. Limited printing is also available for guest library users.

Service Desk

The desk offers checkout and renewal of Library materials and course reserve items. Reserve materials include photocopies, books, slides, videos, and other class-related equipment, such as BIOs and skulls. Help is always available from the Library staff and student aides at the service desk. Please ring our silent doorbell if you don't see us at the desk, and someone will arrive immediately to assist you.

Copy Room

This room houses a printer/photocopier/scanner. The printer can be accessed from all computer workstations in the Library. There is also a paper recycling bin and various office supplies: stapler, staple remover, scotch tape dispenser, 3-hole punch, electric pencil sharpener and paper cutter. Paper refills and other assistance can be obtained at the service desk.

Computer Workstations

This area, between the service desk and the reading room, has four workstations that provide access to the internet, the Library’s electronic resources (online catalog, databases, eJournals), and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). NECO Active Directory login is required; guests, please visit service desk to use the Guest Pass. Additionally, there are study tables and armchairs in this space.

Reading Room

This is a large study area where quiet discussion is allowed. There are twelve study carrels and three tables, plus a "diversion station" with puzzles, coloring materials, and games for when students need a study break. Current issues of journals for which the Library has print subscriptions (in optometry, ophthalmology, medicine and science) are displayed along the walls. There is also a section of leisure reading materials, which can be checked out of the Library for the day (please ask at the service desk).

Stacks Room

The Library’s collection of circulating books (organized by call number) and bound journals (organized alphabetically by title) can be found in the stacks room. This space also includes study carrels.

Group Study Rooms

There are two rooms available for group study on a first-come first-served basis. Study Room B can be reserved in advance.

Upper Library: Soltes Room and Quiet Study

On the second floor of the Library, the Soltes Room houses the Library's special collections, which include rare or out-of-print books. The quiet study area has four tables.


Monday - Friday

9:00 am - 5:00 pm


9:00 am - 4:00 pm





Monday - Friday

6:30 am - 10:00 pm

Saturday - Sunday

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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SERVICE DESK   MON-FRI 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM   SAT 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM   SUN CLOSED   

STUDY SPACE   MON-FRI 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM   SAT-SUN 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM