Study areas

All seating in the Waterloo and Kitchener Libraries has been restored. Users are permitted to work in groups, including use of Group study rooms. Food and drink are allowed in the Library following University guidelines (masks can be removed briefly while actively eating or drinking and replaced quickly when finished).

Students are required to wear a face covering (unless granted exemption) and follow university campus health and safety guidelines.

For a listing of all campus study spaces open to students, see Campus Study Spaces

Waterloo Campus Library Study Areas

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.
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 is restoring Silent Study rules for floor 7. Use of this floor is limited to individual, quiet study at all times
Graduate Commons
  • The Graduate Commons study 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
Reserve a Group Study Room
Reserve an Individual Study Room (ALC Registered Students)
Reserve an Individual Study Room (All Students)

Kitchener Faculty of Social Work Library Study Areas

The Kitchener Faculty of 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) do not require reservations and 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

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