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Study Spaces and Requested Materials

Reserve a study room or access materials

Students and faculty may make appointments for use of library spaces or to pick up library materials at University (Main) Library.

Reservable study spaces

For Spring 2021, reservable, by-appointment spaces are available for students and faculty in University (Main) Library. Appointments will resume for undergraduate students after Wildcat Wellness on April 6. Reservable spaces include quiet study space, conferencing study space and computers with specialized software.
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In-library use materials

New carrel applications are on hold for Spring 2021. Faculty and students who have already been assigned a carrel may use their materials on a personal book cart in the library by reserving a study space and picking up a book cart from the Circulation Desk. Personal book carts are also available for non-circulating materials, microform, and multimedia.

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Study spaces

For Spring 2021, study spaces in University (Main) Library are available to be reserved for appointments up to 6 hours. The North Study Lounge on the second floor of Mudd Library is open for walk-in, individual study.

Furniture has been placed to aid in safety and social distancing. Please do not move rearrange desks or chairs. Appointments are currently only for individuals.

Reservations should be made more than 30 minutes in advance and up to seven days in advance for an appointment during University Libraries' hours of operation. Walk-in appointments are possible depending on capacity, but are not preferred. Appointments are between 30 minutes and 6 hours.

A NetID is required to make a reservation. When you arrive, check in at the University Library Welcome Desk with your ID and your email confirmation code. Please note, an active Wildcard is required to enter the building. If you are not permitted on campus per University policy, your Wildcard will not admit you.

  • All library users must follow the University Return to Campus Policy, including showing your Symptom Tracker badge before entering the building, wearing a mask at all times, and maintaining social distancing. By registering for this reservation, you agree to follow campus and library policies.
  • Users must clean their seated area before and after use; some cleaning supplies will be provided. Please erase boards, clear trash, and return furniture to its original arrangement when your reservation is complete.
  • No food allowed. 
  • Only one person per reservation, no groups allowed.
  • Inappropriate conduct such as excessive noise and sleeping is not permitted. The Libraries reserve the right to remove users, limit future room use, and/or report inappropriate conduct to NU authorities.

Quiet study

Seats are available for individual, quiet study in the following locations:

If you need access to carrel materials or non-circulating materials, please see the page on personal book carts for information on setting an appointment to pick up materials.

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Conferencing study space

Seats are available for individual study spaces in the Information Commons for use by students and faculty using video conferencing apps, such as Zoom, on their own devices. Please bring your own headphones. If you need to use a library computer, please see below.

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Computers, printing, and scanning

Software available on library computers can be viewed here. Seats are available for computer use in the library in the following locations:

Printing in the library is also available by appointment. See remote printing instructions here.

An overhead scanner for scanning large or fragile books is available by appointment here. Scanned files can be sent to email or saved to USB Drive.

To access computers remotely, please see Remote PC Access.


Receptions, events, and meetings

The Libraries are currently not accepting event space requests.