Other Amenities

Opie Overnight Access

When the library is closed, enrolled students, faculty or staff can enter the library through the west side entrance by swiping the HuskyCard. The two large reading rooms, vending machines and the instruction rooms (244 and 242 with workstations) are open. Our overnight access is available 364 days/year with the exception of the Wednesday night of Winter Carnival.

Reading Rooms

The John and Ruanne Opie Library is a great place to study, meet friends, or just relax. The library is open 24/7 for Michigan Tech faculty, students, and staff, every night of the year except for the eve of Winter Carnival. The library consists of the the East Reading Room and the Opie Reading Room, which frequently hosts scholarly talks and other events. 

Library Tours

The library offers regular tours of its resources, spaces and places. Tours take approximately 30 minutes and are offered each Sunday at 5pm, and each Tuesday and Thursday at 10am, 1pm, and 7pm. To take the tour, simply visit the Library and IT Service center on the first floor of the library at these times.

Library Café

The Library Café is located on the first floor of the library and is an enjoyable space for studying, meeting with friends or grabbing a beverage or a bite to eat. The café features Starbucks coffee and other beverages, as well as scones, muffins, sandwiches, salads, and a friendly, inviting atmosphere. For current café hours see the library's hours of operation.

John Rovano Plaza

Thanks to the generous donation of Michigan Tech alumnus David Brule ('72), the café-adjacent John Rovano plaza offers a garden setting for reading, working, or just enjoying the beautiful Upper Peninsula in summer and fall.

Student Lockers

The library rents lockers for enrolled students only to use by the term or for the year. The rental rate is $25 for a semester or $50 for the academic year (fall, spring, summer).

An agreement (available to view here) specifies what may not be stored in these lockers. Staff will check the lockers for material that has not been charged out and for illegal or hazardous material. Locker rental is done at the Library Service Center.

Meditation Space

The library offers a space for quiet contemplation located on the third floor in the northwest corner of the building.

Mother's Room

This room is located on the garden level across from the oversize government documents collection. No key is required as the door locks from the inside and has an "in use" sign on the outside of the door and is available to all faculty, staff, students and library patrons.