Davis Family Library: 9am - 11pm
Armstrong Science Library: 10am - 10pm
Library Response to COVID-19
Students walking outside entrance to Davis Library on sunny day.

Davis Family Library is the main library on the Middlebury College campus.


During Fall 2020, due to COVID-19 campus-wide restrictions, Davis Family Library is open to College ID-holders only.

Our hours are posted at Library Hours.


There are several free parking spaces along Storrs Avenue behind the library’s main entrance. Parking is also available at Q Lot at the Mahaney Arts Center. Visitors and guests coming to campus Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. should display a Middlebury College parking permit to avoid being ticketed. Temporary parking permits may be obtained online at the parking portal.

Students and departments hosting a special event are responsible for acquainting their guests with the parking regulations. Departments hosting a special event on a weekday should notify Public Safety in advance.

Study Spaces

Davis Family Library features traditional carrels, tabletops, group study rooms, labs, and public computers.

Computer Labs

Computers in both labs are available for use without reservation. If a class is being taught in either room the instructor may restrict usage until period ends.

PC Lab (LIB 140)
Capacity: 21 people
Technology: 21 PCs equipped Core PC Software Applications and specialized software, Maple, Mathmatica, MATLAB, R, R Studio, SPSS, Stata/MP
Reserve LIB 140 with Scheduling Office (View room availability on 25Live)
Wilson Media Lab (LIB 220)
Capacity: 8 people
Technology: 17 iMacs with Core Mac Software Applications
Room reserved by DLINQ or Library only

Group Study

11 group study rooms are available by reservation in Davis Family Library.

LIB 150A – 150D
Capacity: 1 person
Technology: 22” LCD display and a multi-port VGA switch, allowing you to connect multiple laptops and easily collaborate by switching between them.
Reserve a group study
LIB 225D (in CTLR)
Capacity: 4 people
Technology: White board and a table
Reserve a group study
LIB 301A – 301F
Capacity: 1 person
Technology: White board and a table
Reserve a group study

Video Viewing Rooms

1 room available for watching videos, by reservation.

LIB 240A
Capacity: 2 people
Technology: Large TV screen with surround sound for film screenings. Equipped with region-free DVD, Blu-ray, and VHS (U.S. and International formats) players.
Reserve a video viewing room

Meeting Rooms

LIB 131
Capacity: 2 people
Technology: 22” LCD display and necessary connections.
Reserved for Library and ITS staff use (or other academic/administrative office meetings) from 8am-5:30pm weekdays.
To reserve, contact Doreen Bernier at (802) 443-5595 or  dbernier@middlebury.edu.
LIB 145
Capacity: 10 people
Technology: video conferencing technology, LCD projector with a laptop connection, and Blu-ray/DVD player.
Reserved for Library and ITS staff use (or other academic/administrative office meetings) from 8am-5:30pm weekdays.
This room is first-come, first-served

Library Atrium Displays

Middlebury College groups and offices are encouraged to present displays of library materials to coincide with current events on campus or in the world at large. Students may also present displays related to their academic work. (Space may also be made available for displays that do not specifically feature library materials.)

Please read detailed instructions to understand acceptable content, available equipment and props, and review the planning checklist for atrium displays. Then submit a proposal for your display at Davis Family Library.

Submit Display Proposal

Land Acknowledgement

Middlebury College sits on land which has served as a site of meeting and exchange among indigenous peoples since time immemorial. The Western Abenaki are the traditional caretakers of these Vermont lands and waters, which they call Ndakinna, or “homeland.” We remember their connection to this region and the hardships they continue to endure. We give thanks for the opportunity to share in the bounty of this place and to protect it.


The Davis Family Library was built on the site of the former Science Center, in view of the historic old library, now the Donald Everett Axinn ’51 Center for Literary and Cultural Studies at Starr Library. Each of its three levels is approximately one acre, and the top two floors include mezzanines. There are 298 individual study carrels distributed throughout the building, many in four tower-like structures along the northern and southern faces.

The main level features a café and 24-hour study area near the entrance area, which includes information and service desks; a 30-seat lecture hall; 18-seat video conferencing seminar room; two 12-seat video viewing rooms; 2 computer labs; individual video viewing carrels; 851 student seats; and staff offices.

Environmental considerations and energy efficiency were incorporated in the building design and construction process. Building materials include 11,000 board feet of local certified maple and beech wood, roughly 70 percent of which was harvested from land at Middlebury’s Bread Loaf campus in Ripton.

Completed July 2004
Total Square Footage 135,000
Project Manager Tom McGinn
Project Cost $40,000,000
Architect Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects
New York, NY
Construction Manager Lee Kennedy Co Inc.
Quincy, MA
Awards American Society of Colleges and Universities,
Collegiate Citation for Excellence 2007


Floor Plans

Floor plan of Davis Family Library's Lower Level
Floor plan Davis Family Library's Main Level
Floor plan Davis Family Library's Upper Level