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Library Instruction Rooms

Located on the fifth floor of the Kreitzberg Library, the Archives Instruction Room allows classes to explore historical primary source materials collected by the Norwich University Archives. Collections from Archives and Special Collections can be used to support such diverse subjects as engineering, English, sports medicine, history, languages, physics, and math.

Seats: 20 students

Times available: 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Contact: or x2947


  • Movable tables and chairs
  • Movable instructor station


  • 70″ Sharp AQUOS BOARD interactive touchscreen display
  • Sharp annotation pen
  • SMART Document Camera 450


Faculty may choose to bring their class to the AIR for one or more sessions throughout the semester, or may request a semester-long reservation. All bookings are on a first-come, first serve basis, subject to staff and room availability. In addition, the faculty member must:

  • Meet with a member of the NU Archives staff to discuss their needs and ensure a good fit with the space and collections
  • Agree to abide by the above room guidelines and enforce them for students
  • For semester-long reservations, demonstrate that they plan to have the class interface with archival or rare book collections at least twice during the semester

Teaching in the Archives

Class sessions taught using the archives are always hands-on and typically employ active learning strategies to engage students’ critical thinking skills. Working with archival collections can spark historical empathy and thoughtful discussion about where information comes from.

Use case: Students rotate through stations displaying different archival documents, complete worksheets about the documents’ origin and purpose, then come together for a class discussion about their observations and questions.

The AIR is located immediately adjacent to the Norwich University Archives reading room, staff workspaces, and collection storage on the 5th floor of the library. This proximity offers students and faculty a unique opportunity to become familiar with the space and daily work of the archives, as well as a convenient way to incorporate the collections seamlessly into a course throughout the semester in the case of semester-long reservations.

Room Guidelines

  • For the safety of our historical collections, the 5th floor is a secured space. The east and west stairwell doors remain locked at all times and are equipped with doorbells. Staff will unlock the elevator 10-15 minutes before the start of your class and leave it unlocked for the duration of the class. Students exiting the floor during class are encouraged to return via the elevator. If using the stairs, they will need to ring one of the doorbells positioned at the stairwell entrances.
  • No food, gum, or chewing tobacco is permitted on the 5th floor at any time. Drinks with tight-fitting lids are permitted.
  • There is no bathroom or water fountain on the 5th floor. Students needing these facilities during class time will need to visit the 4th floor and return using the elevator or stairs.
  • When the class will be interfacing with archival collections, all visitors to the AIR must use the provided cubbies to stow bags during class time.
  • No pens are permitted when interfacing with archival collections, and exclusive use of pencils in the space is strongly preferred at all times. Pencils are always available to borrow.