Inquiry Labs

Inquiry Labs

Teaching and Learning Services is proud to announce the opening of the Inquiry Labs (aka InqLabs), new teaching and learning spaces on the second floor of the historic Powell Library. Fostering inquiry, creativity, and community, InqLabs are designed to promote the development of twenty-first-century research skills, especially through active engagement with cultural heritage materials and digital technologies. From books to bytes, feed your curiosity in the InqLabs!

InqDesk (Second Floor, West Rotunda, Powell Library)

Start your research journey at the InqDesk, where you can ask a question, check out a book, get a map of the libraries, make an appointment for a research consultation, find your way to InqSpace, and much more!

InqSpace (Room 220, Powell Library)

The hub of the InqLabs: a bright, open, flexible space, in which students consult with librarians and trained graduate and undergraduate students (“Inquiry Specialists” or “InqSpecs”) on research assignments, capstone projects, theses, and other analytical and creative endeavors.

InqSpace also offers opportunities for librarians and technologists to work with faculty on assignment and course design. Equipped with configurable tables, comfortable seating, and three library consultation stations, InqSpace allows for small group and project-based work, as well as workshops and presentations. In addition, it includes a maker-space for exhibits and other creative projects.

Got a Research Question?

Working on a research assignment, capstone, or thesis project? Need inspiration or ideas? Trying to figure out how to collect, organize, and cite your sources?

Schedule a free research consultation or drop by the InqSpace during our research consultation hours to learn about resources, strategies, and tools you can use! 

Powell Research Consultation Hours for Summer 2014
Saturday - Sunday Closed
Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Inquiry Labs

InqDrop (room 236A)

InqSpace (room 220)

InqLab 1 (room 238)

InqLab 2 (room 228)

InqLab 1

(Room 238, Powell Library)

InqLab 2

(Room 228, Powell Library)

Two innovative multi-use classroom spaces, designed to support faculty and student engagement with library collections through the use of cultural heritage materials and digital technologies. Ideal for 20-person seminars, such as those taught in Spring Quarter as part of the Freshman (GE) Cluster program. The lab space complements the Research Commons in Young Research Library by focusing especially on helping students develop research skills in preparation for capstone projects and theses.  


(Room 236A, Powell Library)

Located conveniently off the Main Reading Room, this cozy space offers configurable tables, comfortable seating, and two library consultation stations. Ideal for students working on collaborative research or creative projects.

Click here to reserve the InqDrop.