Academic Resource Centers

Below you will find information about resources available at St. Lawrence--our libraries, the WORD studio and the Quantitative Resource Center. These resources will help you to be successful, from your first semester to your last!

St. Lawrence Libraries
Owen D. Young (“ODY”) Library and J. Harold and Ruth C. Launders Science Library provide over three million local print and microform resources as well as access to the world’s scholarship by means of a Web page that connects to collections and resources available through the World Wide Web. For an online view of the libraries’ services and collections, visit the library Web page.

Owen D. Young Library offers:

  • Three electronic classrooms, equipped with workstations and state-of-the-art teaching equipment for hands-on learning. When the classrooms are not scheduled for class use, they are available for student use;
  • Fourteen group study/seminar rooms;
  • Wireless access on all three levels, and 200 seats in locations that are wired for network and Internet access;
  • A Help Desk, supported by trained SLU students;
  • Laptops for in-library use, equipped with a wireless network card and connectable to the campus network.

Launders Science Library provides group study rooms, a seminar room with a projector for online instruction, a map room and a new geographic information system (GIS) lab, and is wireless on both floors.

Research competency is one of the formal curricular objectives of the University. Students at St. Lawrence learn how to use library resources intelligently in the new bibliographic instruction/electronic classroom in ODY and in the Launders Library seminar room.

Library instruction is offered in courses across the curriculum and through a variety of general and special offerings. Assistance is also available to students through a research consultation service designed to provide individual help for students working on research papers or doing special projects.

The WORD Studio (The Munn Center for Rhetoric and Communication)
The Munn Center helps support the University’s mission to have every student read, write, speak, listen and do research well. The Munn Center is made up of several different workspaces: the WORD Studio (located in ODY Library), and satellite locations around campus — Spanish, French and German Writing Centers; and the Science Writing Center.

The “WORD” in WORD Studio stands for Writing, Oral communication, Research and visual Design; peer tutors can help you with all types of assignments, no matter what the course. Tutors have been trained to approach papers, presentations and projects thoughtfully and to communicate constructive comments clearly in order to help you become a better writer, speaker and researcher. Tutors are not editors or proofreaders. Instead, when you actively participate in a tutorial, you strengthen your skills in analysis, critical thinking, argumentation, organization and style, along with your use of scholarly sources and citations. No matter what your major, your year in school or your assignment, you can benefit from discussing papers, presentations, and research and visual projects with a responsive peer.

To make an appointment or for more information, call 229-5727 or send an e-mail to Our web address is

Peterson Quantitative Resource Center
The Peterson Quantitative Resource Center (PQRC) provides mathematical, statistical and computational support. The mission of the PQRC is to facilitate, encourage and develop quantitative reasoning, skills and applications for the St. Lawrence University community.

The PQRC was established with three main goals in mind: to support courses and coursework that are quantitative in nature across the SLU curriculum; to assist students in improving their quantitative understanding to meet course prerequisites; and to facilitate research that involves quantitative reasoning.

The PQRC is the place where anyone regardless of major or background can get help:

  • Understanding an assignment
  • Preparing for an exam or quiz
  • Analyzing data
  • Solving a quantitative problem
  • Calculating and interpreting inferential statistics
  • Proving or applying a theorem
  • Using quantitative software
  • Designing an experiment.

The PQRC can be reached by phone (229-5035), by e-mail (, and at