Library Study Spaces for Summer & Fall 2020

Study spaces in BiblioCafé

Forty-two individual study spaces are available in the BiblioCafé for UVic student use, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.

Study spaces are 2 metres apart and include:

  • All day bookings from 9am to 4pm with a break between 12pm to 1pm for cleaning - 12 spaces available
  • 3-hour bookings for either 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm - 25 spaces available
  • Drop-in study on a first-come, first-served basis - 5 spaces available

How to reserve

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

  • the type of space you want to book (all-day or 3-hours for either the morning or afternoon)
  • 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 8:30 AM to 4 PM.

Reservations can be made 3 days in advance. Only one booking per day. Additional drop-ins (above the 5 seats designated as drop-in space) will be allowed to study in the BiblioCafé 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.

In the study space:

  • 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.
  • BiblioCafé washrooms are open for your convenience.
  • Food services and water fountains in BiblioCafé are unavailable until further notice. Please fill and bring your own water bottle. Staff will not be allowed to fill it up for you.
  • Study spaces are vacated and cleaned between 12pm and 1pm. 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 through the BiblioCafé front doors.