Physical Spaces

About the Library and Learning Center

Built in 2004, the Library and Learning Center on the St. Paul campus houses the Metropolitan State Library, the Saint Paul Public Library Dayton’s Bluff branch, the University Bookstore, the Gordon Parks Gallery, the Center for Faculty Development, and the Center for Academic Excellence.

Note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, library spaces and their use may be limited. Please see the Library’s COVID-19 Support pages for the latest information.

Study rooms

Study rooms that seat 2 to 8 people are available on the first and second floors. Students or faculty may check out rooms for 4 hours and reserve rooms up to 2 weeks in advance online or by calling (651) 793-1616 or (651) 793-1634. Community members may check out rooms for 2 hours.


The first-floor lounge serves as a quiet space for students and community users. It has a fireplace, large tables, and TV monitors for playing video games, and is sometimes the site for events sponsored by the Metropolitan State Library, the Dayton’s Bluff Public Library, or Metro State student groups. Events are held at the discretion of the Metropolitan State Library.

The second-floor lounge has a fireplace, and serves as a reading room with current magazines and newspapers.

Resources and collections

The first floor Information Commons has computers, scanners, and printers for use by faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community members. They are available on a first come, first served basis.

Most of the Metropolitan State Library’s physical collections of books, DVDs, and curricular materials are on the second floor. The second floor also houses the University Archives, and a large quiet study area. There are also carrels with computers for student use.

Service desks

The Metropolitan State Library’s Reference and Research Assistance and Computer Help desks are located on the first floor. On the second floor is the Circulation Desk for checking out materials or getting an ID card.


The David Barton Community Labyrinth and Reflective Garden graces the lawn on the east side of the Library and Learning Center.