About Snell Library

Front view of the Snell Library building

Snell Library is located at 376 Huntington Avenue in the heart of Northeastern University’s Boston, Massachusetts campus.

The Northeastern University Library is the hub of campus intellectual life. Resources include close to 500,000 print volumes, over 800,000 e-books, over 100,000 electronic journals, and over 100,000 streaming audio and visual titles. The Snell Library building welcomes more than two million visitors per year on the Boston campus, and the library’s website serves users around the world.

For more information about accessing Snell Library, including directions and parking information, visit Getting to Snell Library.

For more information about using Snell Library, including the code of conduct for library use, visit Using Snell Library.

Spaces & Services

First Floor

Side view of the Access Point desk and 3 turnstile entry points
Side view of the Access Point desk and 3 turnstile entry points
Side view of the Access Point desk and 3 turnstile entry points
Side view of the Access Point desk and 3 turnstile entry points
Student reading a book in The Hub seating
Student reading a book in The Hub seating area
Library staff at the Help and Information Desk
Library staff at the Help and Information Desk
  • The Access Point
    The Access Point is the gateway to Snell Library. Read more about Snell’s Access Policy on the visitor access policy page.
  • Alumni Reading Room (temporarily hosting the Archives & Special Collections)
    Learn more at the Archives and Special Collections website.
  • Campus Coffee & Tea, Co.
    For menus and hours of operation, see Northeastern Dining.
  • 136 – Writing Center pop-up
    The Writing Center offers free and friendly tutoring for writers of all levels. See the Writing Center website for more information about visiting the Writing Center pop-up location in Snell.
  • ITS printers and quick print stations
    For images and directions for printer locations, visit Printing and Scanning.
  • ITS vending machines & hardware lockers
    Hardware is available for checkout through vending machines and lockers from ITS. Learn more at ITS Hardware Lockers and Vending.
  • Group study rooms – CoLabs A through R
    Collaborative spaces are available for reservation during service desk hours.
  • The Hub
    The Hub lounge space features a curated, browsable selection of recreational reading from the library’s collections.
  • Help & Information Desk
    Visit the Help & Information Desk on the first floor of Snell Library to ask questions and borrow library materials.

Second Floor

Third Floor (Quiet Zone)

Closed for renovations during Spring 2023

  • Lower Level
  • Fourth Floor
Sign reading "Quiet Zone NO TALKING"
Picture of the “Quiet Zone: NO Talking” sign on the third floor

Snell Classrooms

The following spaces are located on the classroom side of the building and are not accessible from the main entrance to the library. Husky Cards are not required for either entry to the classrooms.

  • Snell Library Food Lockers (located in the lobby of classroom side entrance).
  • Classrooms 001 to 049 (accessible by stair tower located on porch).
  • Classrooms numbered above 100 (accessible by classroom side entrance).