Study areas

Study areas

Library study spaces at Waterloo and Kitchener campuses have been reopened effective September 13. Study spaces are available during building open hours (more information on hours). The Digital Library and Learning Commons on the Brantford campus is closed. For a listing of all campus study spaces open to students, see Campus Study Spaces

Important notice:

  • The Library has configured its study spaces to ensure safe occupancy and capacity levels (to 50%)
  • Students are required to wear a face covering (unless granted exemption) and follow University campus health and safety guidelines.
  • All study spaces (carrels, tables, individual and group study rooms) are for individual use only.
  • All floors are designated as quiet study.

Individual carrels (desks) and tables

Individual study carrels and tables are available in Waterloo on Floors 4 through 7 and in the Kitchener Social Work Library on a first come, first served basis. Seating has been distanced to ensure your safety. Carrels may not be held over meal hours or while attending lectures. Please do not leave your belongings unattended. Library materials left at the carrels will be reshelved.

Individual study rooms

Individual quiet study rooms are located on floors 4 and 5 to 7 of the Waterloo campus library.

All former Group study rooms have been converted to individual study room use.

Individual study rooms on Floors 4, 6 and 7 can be reserved by both undergraduate and graduate students on a first come, first served basis. Reserve an individual study room.

Students registered with the Accessible Learning Centre

ALC registered students may book multiple time slots in the same day for up to 6 hours in total.

How to book?

Book a room using the online booking form up to a week in advance.

Bookings are for 2-hour time slots, on a first come first served basis.

ALC registered students may book multiple time slots in the same day for up to 6 hours in total.

No check in is required for your room on your arrival. If you encounter any difficulties with your room booking, please go to the User Services and Help Desk on the main floor for assistance.

How to book? Students registered with the Accessible Learning Centre

ALC registered students may book multiple time slots in the same day for up to 6 hours in total.

Students registered with the Accessible Learning Centre have priority booking status for individual study rooms on Floor 5

Contact Ask Us service for more details.

Description of rooms

  • Rooms are located on floors 4 to 7, near the centre of the floor, facing Albert St.
  • Rooms on Floor 5 have a networked computer
  • Software is the same as standard Library workstations, and includes Microsoft Office and accessibility software (e.g.Kurzweil).

Too noisy to study? Contact Ask Us!