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J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library

Welcome to the Van Pelt & Opie Library!

Tour Introduction

While much of the library's content is available online via electronic articles, ebooks, and more, we don't want you to miss the experience of our fantastic space! Please use these 3D Virtual Library Tour images to explore the building and pick out your favorite study spot before you even make it to your first class. Be sure to click on the circular "pins" throughout each section for more information on services, spaces, and tools. The content is summarized in the document below for quick reference.

Please note that the images you see were taken at a variety of times - some reflect what the library will look like with COVID-19 accommodations, while others may not. Please visit our Library Response to COVID-19 page for an in-depth overview of materials and services you can access from a distance and what steps the library is taking to keep you safe!

First Floor

On the first floor of the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library you will find the Circulation Desk, computers, printers (free B&W copies), the Library Cafe, and so many places to study! Use the 3D image below to explore.

East Reading Room

On the first floor, the perfect study spot in the East Reading Room or stick around for a presentation. There are white boards and power outlets scattered all over so everything you need to work through a tough problem is right at your fingertips.

Second Floor

The second floor is home to (now socially distant!) collaborative study spaces and many tools to help you get into a creative mood. Use a 3D printer or scanner, a large format printer, the creative suite on a Mac, or do some creative coding on a Linux machine. The library also houses a Patent & Trademark Resource Center and a branch of the Testing Center here. When it's too hot to walk outside (never too cold!) take the bridge from the second floor of the library over to Rekhi Hall and cut through to Fischer!

Third Floor

The third floor is designated Silent Study and houses most of the library's print book collection. There are tables, couches, and computers spread all over the floor. Find your perfect spot between the shelves and have a peaceful afternoon study session!

Garden Level

The Garden Level (aka the Basement) houses the library's print journals and the University Archives. The Garden Level is a great place to sit down at a computer and get some work done!

Michigan Tech Archives and Historical Collections

The Michigan Tech Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections houses materials on University and campus life, towns and cities in the Keweenaw, as well as the companies, social organizations, events and personalities of the Copper Country and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It's a beautiful space with fascinating materials - stop by just for fun or with a project in mind!