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Architecture & planning
- Architectural design
- Architecture & art: history, theory, criticism
- Art & architecture of the Islamic world
- Boston buildings & neighborhoods
- Computation in architectural design
- Finding images
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- MIT buildings
- Real estate
- Urban studies & planning
- U.S. Census
Students enjoy studying in the bright and airy reading room, or tucking away in a secluded nook on one of the upper floors.
- Large tables in the main reading room, 2nd floor map area, as well as study nooks on upper floors.
- Quiet carrels in the stacks and more secluded study spots on either end of upper floors and on 1st floor.
- Comfy seating in reading room and near elevator.
- Due to the open architecture of Rotch, the entire space is intended for quiet study.
- Group study spaces can be found at Barker (10-500) and our other locations.
At this time, Rotch does not have a 24/7 study space. See 24/7 study spaces to find a space.
GIS & data lab
The GIS & Data Lab has flexible seating for:
- 40+, appropriate for individual or group study.
- These seats include 17 computers with GIS and specialized data visualization & processing.
- Includes several large plug ‘n’ play monitors.