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Study Areas

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There are a variety of study areas in the library. Some for individual studying, some for groups. Some are open and some are reserveable.

For a listing of all campus study spaces beyond the library that are open to students, see Campus Study Spaces


Waterloo Campus Library Study Areas

The Waterloo campus library has lots of study areas

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Open spaces

Details and descriptions: Study spaces in Waterloo Campus Library 
Open Study Spaces
Study Desks/Tables and Lounge Furniture (Main and Upper Floors)
  • Individual study spaces (lounge furniture, desks and tables) are available in Waterloo on the main floor and all upper floors (3 through 7) on a first come, first served basis.
  • Individual study carrels (small enclosed desk intended for quiet study) are available in Waterloo on all upper floors 3 through 7.
  • Graduate study carrels are also available
Computer Desks
  • Desks with computers and ICT supplied software are available on the main floor as well as floors 3 and 4. For description of available software, please see ICT Computer Labs.
Quiet Study
  • The Library has silent study rules for floor 7. Use of this floor is limited to individual, quiet study at all times
Graduate Commons
  • The Graduate Commons and lounge area is located on the floor 3 of Waterloo campus library
  • The space includes two group study rooms, individual study spaces, tables and lounge furniture
  • All graduate and postdoctoral students can access the Commons during building opening hours (see Waterloo Library hours) through One Card swipe access
Reservable Spaces
Group Study Rooms
Individual Study Rooms (for ALC Registered Students)
Individual Study Rooms (All Students)
Reserve an Individual Study Pods (All Students)


Kitchener Faculty of Social Work Library Study Areas

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  • Kitchener Social Work library is open Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm and by One Card access during other times

Open study spaces:

  • Desks, carrels and tables are available on a first come, first served basis
  • There are two study rooms that can be used by one or more users and can be reserved directly by users for up to three hours per day

Reserve a group study room:

Brantford's Digital Library and Learning Commons

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The Brantford Campus' Digital Library and Learning Commons is accessible for study space, but other DLLC library services are currently unavailable.

Brantford Campus Students can book group study rooms at Brantford Public Library. An up to date BPL card is required to book a room. Cards are available through at no cost for Brantford students