Library Study Spaces for Fall 2020

The Libraries are offering a number of study spaces at BiblioCafe in the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library and at the Law Library. Please read our safety guidelines before coming to the library to study.

Study spaces in BiblioCafé

Forty-two individual study spaces are available in the BiblioCafé for UVic student use, Monday to Friday, 8am to 9pm.

Study spaces are 2 metres apart and are available for 3-hour bookings.

Study spaces are closed for cleaning between 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

Students can reserve a maximum of two library study space bookings per day.

Thirty-seven spaces are available for booking:

  • 8am to 11am
  • 11am to 2pm
  • 3pm to 6pm
  • 6pm to 9pm

Five spaces are available for drop-in study on a first-come, first-served basis.


Study spaces in the Law Library

Forty-two individual study spaces (including 6 computer workstations) are available in the Law Library for UVic student use, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.

Study spaces are 2 metres apart and are available for 3-hour bookings.

Study spaces are closed for cleaning between 12:00pm - 1:00pm.

Students can reserve a maximum of two library study space bookings per day.

Thirty-six spaces are available for booking:

  • 3-hour bookings for either 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm - 35 spaces available (including 6 computer workstations)
  • Adaptive technology room for either 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm – 1 space available

Six spaces are available for drop-in study on a first-come, first-served basis.


In the study spaces

  • Study spaces are for individual use only, with no group study permitted. Tables and chairs are not to be moved.
  • Power sources within the study space are limited. We recommend bringing fully charged devices as you may not have access to an outlet.
  • Do not leave your belongings unattended.
  • Washrooms are open for your convenience.
  • Please fill and bring your own water bottle. Water fountains are unavailable and staff will not be allowed to fill your water bottle for you.
  • Food services in BiblioCafé are unavailable until further notice.
  • No food is allowed in the Law Library; drinks in covered containers are permitted.
  • Study spaces are vacated and cleaned for an hour each day (2:00pm-3:00pm at BiblioCafé and 12:00pm-1:00pm at the Law Library). Items cannot be left in the area.
  • If you have any questions while in the study space, please ask the library staff on duty in the area.
  • Check out with library staff before exiting the study space.

How to book a space

Contact the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library Loan Desk at loandesk@uvic.ca or 250-721-8230 and provide the following information:

  • the location and type of space you want to book
  • the time slot you want to book
  • your UVic ID V00#
  • your email
  • your phone number

You will receive an email to confirm that your space has been booked. We will be responding to requests Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 9 PM.

Reservations can be made 3 days in advance. Only two bookings per day. Additional drop-ins (above the seats designated as drop-in space) will be allowed to study if space is available.


Guidelines for safe study

Before coming to the library

  • Complete a daily health screen BEFORE leaving your home. If you are sick, cancel your booking.
  • Do not enter the library if you:
    • Have symptoms similar to those of the flu or common cold: fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, stuffy/runny nose
    • Have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days
    • Have been in close contact of a confirmed case or outbreak of COVID19
  • We encourage you to bring a mask from home for use while in the study space.
  • Bring your UVic ID and check-in with staff at the library front door.
  • If you are 30 minutes late, your booking will be cancelled.