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Individual Study Space

Welcome back, it’s so nice to see you in person (with a face covering)! We heard you needed more spaces to study on campus - the Research Commons is open for individual study, by reservation only.

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Thursday-Friday, 1pm - 5pm

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Seats are available by reservation only for current UW students, faculty, and staff. Spaces may be reserved multiple times a day up to 3 hours total per day, up to 1 week in advance.


What to Expect

Once you have made a reservation online, when you arrive:

  1. Wait outside, 6 feet apart, for your turn to enter
  2. Show your Husky Card when you check in at the door
  3. Sign the COVID-19 attestation sheet
  4. Wear a face covering over both nose and mouth at all times. See full Study Space Policies and FAQ below


What is Available in This Space?


Individual Study Space Policies

  • Reservation, Husky Card, and signature on COVID-19 attestation are required to enter.
  • Appropriate face coverings must be worn at all times (covering nose and mouth).
  • Eating and drinking are not allowed.
  • Restroom use is restricted to people with study space reservations. Restroom capacity is reduced in line with health and safety guidance.
  • Follow 6 feet social distancing guidelines.
  • Furniture cannot be rearranged or moved.
  • Staff are not responsible for patrons' belongings.
  • Individuals are required to leave when their reservation has expired.

* We will review these policies/procedures continuously and update accordingly based on student and staff feedback.


Individuals failing to follow COVID-19 Prevention Policies may be asked to leave the building and may be subject to loss of future access.


Individual study desks

Tables have access to power outlet and are numbered clearly. Accessible tables are also available.

Welcome signs

Check in by presenting your Husky Card and signing attestation.

Attestation table

Sign the attestation to agree to UW Libraries’ policies and confirm that you do not have any of the listed COVID-19 symptoms.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Spaces may be reserved multiple times a day up to 3 hours total per day, up to 1 week in advance.


  • Yes, if seats are available. You will need to make the reservation yourself on your own device. Staff cannot do this for you due to health guidelines.


  • We require 15 minutes between each reservation to clean the workplaces thoroughly, so the reservation system shows cleaning time as unavailable.


  • Yes. If you leave/return to the Research Commons space, take all valuable items with you (phone, laptop, calculator, expensive textbook). Staff are not responsible for your personal belongings. When returning, let Check-In Desk staff know you are simply returning from a break.


  • Yes, please check in with staff when you arrive, showing them your Husky Card. Staff may ask for your NetID to find your reservation, and will direct you to your seat after you check-in.
  • A staff person may approach you to remind you that your reservation has expired, but you do not need to check-out when you leave at the end of your time.
  • If you have any difficulty with this, please see a staff member at the check-in desk.


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