Back to School Special: Read Up on What’s New and Improved at the Central Libraries

The sun is shining, the Pat Neff bells are ringing, and students are returning to Baylor! We are so excited to have our spaces filled with the hustle and bustle of the fall semester.
Over the summer, we made improvements to the Central Libraries based on campus feedback. Whether you’re returning as an upperclassman or beginning your freshman year, read on to learn about what’s new in the libraries and the free resources that are available to you.
There’s No Place Like Jones

We’ve worked closely with our student advisory group to listen and learn about your library needs. Student feedback indicated that Jones Library needed both technological and physical upgrades to facilitate a productive work environment.

This summer, the entire building received new carpet, the walls were refreshed with an engaging paint scheme, and the furniture in the open study area on the first floor was greatly upgraded. The area now features “pods” for individual studying; tables that are height-adjustable to accommodate sitting, standing, or wheelchairs; and areas of “soft seating” for relaxing between classes. The renovated Jones Library now showcases a modern, functional look that welcomes students, visitors, and researchers to the Central Libraries.

In the near future, the library will also feature an innovative exhibit space for various library collections.
HelpDesk+ Launches at Moody Memorial Library

As the fall semester unfolds, a significant transformation will take place on the garden level of Moody Library. For the first time, there will be a Baylor ITS staffed walk-up technical support service point for all students, faculty, and staff: HelpDesk+.

HelpDesk+ brings together the services that have been provided at the TechPoint service desk with the technical support resources of Baylor ITS. Along with enhanced technical support, HelpDesk+ will also be the central laptop checkout location for faculty, staff and students. ITS will also work closely with the Baylor Bookstore’s Campus Technology Center to refer cases that will require warranty repairs or services beyond what can be provided. 

The Makerspace and Media Lab will be still available at this location, as well. These spaces are designed to take curriculum to the next level by encouraging collaboration and creative uses of multimedia in the classroom.

Additionally, students can check out media equipment from the Media Lab with their Baylor ID. Items include – but are not limited to – chargers, projectors, cameras, microphones, and light-kits. 

University Writing Center Looks Forward to Second Semester in Moody

In the spring, the Writing Center made the move from Carroll Science Building to the second floor of Moody Memorial Library and became the University Writing Center (UWC). 

The center’s centralized location provides easier access for students of all disciplines to get help with a variety of writing projects, including academic, technical, scientific, multimodal, and digital writing, along with job application materials and theses. Writers are welcome to bring their work at any stage in the writing process.

The UWC’s services are free to students, faculty, and staff. Walk-in hours are also offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, visit

Coming Soon: More Moody Study Space

As student enrollment continues to increase, we knew we needed to make more room for study sessions.

Bookshelves on the first floor and the stacks on the second floor have been removed to expand study space in Moody Library. While plans for the first floor are in the early stages of development, the second floor now features an open floor plan with new carpet and paint. New furniture is scheduled to be delivered in early September. 

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