B.E.S.T. (Business, Engineering, Science and Technology) Library is the University Libraries’ principal service point on the east side of Miami’s campus. The Library is located on the first, second, and basement floors of Laws Hall, and offers access to collections, staff expertise, computing and technology services, and study space including 13 reservable study rooms.
B.E.S.T.’s first floor public computing areas and instruction room provide access to PC and Mac computers with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, several statistics software packages, and other software used in coursework and research. A large format scanner is available. Three study rooms offer built-in digital projectors and the conference room includes a PC computer with wall-mounted monitors. Laptop computers, ipads, cameras, and other equipment are also available for short-term checkout. B.E.S.T. additionally operates a 3D printing, scanning, and modeling service for University personnel and students.
B.E.S.T. opened in August 2011 in Laws Hall, as the merger of the Libraries’ science and engineering assets from the previous Brill Science Library with the business and psychology collections and staff from King Library. The first floor and basement of Laws Hall were remodeled at this time in the first phase of a building renovation. Previously home to the Farmer School of Business, Laws Hall was named after Samuel Spahr Laws, an 1848 graduate of Miami who invented the Laws Gold Indicator, a predecessor to the stock market ticker, and later served as President of the University of Missouri.