Olin Library - Facilities

Exhibition Areas

The chief exhibition area in Olin Library is in the east corridor of the main floor, between Special Collections and the Campbell Reference Center. The bronze exhibition cases were presented in 1958 by the Class of 1928. At least four exhibitions a year are prepared by Special Collections & Archives on subjects designed to explore the variety, interest, and scholarly value of the library's collections.

The wall cases along the main corridor of the ground floor feature library collections; jackets of books recently acquired, selected for their graphic and intellectual appeal and organized in several broad subject groupings; Friends of the Library highlights; and student art work.

An upright case just outside Scores & Recordings at the west end of the third floor holds changing exhibitions on musical subjects, often of current interest.

A single case on the third floor landing holds a permanent exhibition of the dozen Wedgwood plates produced to commemorate Wesleyan's centennial in 1931.

Honors Study Carrels

Olin has 86 single closed carrels and 6 doubles; so 98 students can be accommodated in closed carrels in Olin.  These are available by application to senior honors students writing a thesis.  For more information about Honors Carrels, see the Services for Undergraduate Thesis Writers page.

Group Study Spaces

Besides the Information Commons area on the main floor, there are a few areas for small group study in Olin:

Group study areas:

  • Floor 4 (attic), south side: three tables, each seating four people.
  • Floor 3, front hall, southwest side, outside Scores & Recordings: one table, seating four.
  • Floor 2A, stacks, southwest side near E classification: two tables, one seats four, the other six.
  • Floor 1A, stacks, northwest side: one table, seats 4.

Meeting Facilities

Develin Room 204, 2nd floor

  • 50 people maximum
  • 16 around table
  • 30 around the room

additional meeting space available in the Music Seminar Room

Call Library Office to reserve, x3844, x3885


Multi-function printer/photocopier/scanners are located on the ground floor of Olin by the east stairwell, on the first floor near the Reference desk, on the second floor in the Art Library, and on the third floor outside the Music Library. Photocopiers require swiping with a Wesleyan ID card. Visitors should see a librarian for assistance.

A touchscreen scanner is available on the 2nd floor in the Art Library.  Scans can be saved to USB, sent to any @wesleyan.edu email address, or saved to Google Drive.


Restrooms are located on the ground floor and the third floor in the front hallway. An all gender restroom is on the ground floor.


Campus telephones are located in the east corridors by the east stairwell on the ground floor and floors 2 and 3. There is also a campus phone just outside the library entrance in the PAC hallway.