Places to Study

The Library offers a wealth of varied study environments.  Expand the sections below to learn more about them.

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Overnight Study Commons


Geisel Library Building


2nd Floor East

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • For individual & group study (large tables & individual seating)
  • UCSD-only (Windows PCs and Macs) & guest computers
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  • Black/white printers, copier, & scanner
  • Open overnight Sunday through Thursday nights
  • More details & policies
  • Food/Drink permitted
  • Conversation permitted
  • Services not available from 11:45 pm to 7:30 am

Graduate Study Lounge


Biomedical Library Building


1st Floor Lobby

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • Individual graduate student study (large tables & individual seating)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  •  
  • Printer
  • UCSD-only computers
  • Video cameras in space show record of activity
  • Food/Drink permitted
  • Conversation permitted
  • Cell phone use not permitted
  • 24-Hour access, excluding campus closures
  • Requires valid UCSD graduate/prof. school student ID (show ID at BLB Front Desk during normal business hours for access card)

Group Study Rooms: 1040 & 1041


Geisel Library Building


1st Floor West

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • For study groups of 2 or more (single, large table)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  • Dual-display monitors for laptop hookup
  • Whiteboard
  • Food/Drink permitted
  • Conversation permitted at volume that doesn’t disturb those in nearby rooms or outside areas
  • Reserve a room

Group Study Rooms: 1042 & 1045


Geisel Library Building


1st Floor West

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • For study groups of 2 or more (single, large table)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  • Single-display monitors for laptop hookup
  • Whiteboard
  • Food/Drink permitted
  • Conversation permitted at volume that doesn’t disturb those in nearby rooms or outside areas
  • Reserve a room

Group Study Rooms: 518-522


Geisel Library Building


5th Floor

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • For study groups of 2 or more (single, large table)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
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  • Whiteboard
  • Food/Drink permitted
  • Conversation permitted at volume that doesn’t disturb those in nearby rooms or outside areas
  • Reserve a room

Group Study Rooms: 618-631


Geisel Library Building


6th Floor

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • For study groups of 2 or more (single, large table)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  • Whiteboard
  • Food/Drink permitted
  • Conversation permitted at volume that doesn’t disturb those in nearby rooms or outside areas
  • Reserve a room

Group Study Rooms: 718-724


Geisel Library Building


7th Floor

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • For study groups of 2 or more (single, large table); Room 721 will accommodate 16
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  • Whiteboard
  • Geisel Large Adaptive Study Space (GLASS), Room 721, has small movable tables, a whiteboard wall, and individual whiteboards
  • Food/Drink permitted
  • Conversation permitted at volume that doesn’t disturb those in nearby rooms or outside areas
  • Reserve a room

Group Study Rooms: 1, 2, 2070 & 2071 


Geisel Library Building


2nd Floor East

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • For study groups of 2 or more (single, large table)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  • Whiteboard
  • Room 2 also equipped for presentation practice activities
  • Food/Drink permitted
  • Conversation permitted at volume that doesn’t disturb those in nearby rooms or outside areas
  • Reserve a room

Group Study Room: 2072


Geisel Library Building


2nd Floor East

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • Four small, movable tables with 8 chairs
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  • Whiteboard walls
  • Computer available
  • Food/Drink permitted
  • Conversation permitted at volume that doesn’t disturb those in nearby rooms or outside areas
  • Reserve a room

Group Study Rooms: 105-109 & 134


Biomedical Library Building


1st Floor

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • For study groups of 2 or more (single, large table)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  • Food/Drink permitted
  • Conversation permitted at volume that doesn’t disturb those in nearby rooms or outside areas
  • Reserve a room
  • Cell phone use not permitted
  • Service desk nearby

Group Study Rooms: 201-207, 214 & 223-230


Biomedical Library Building


2nd Floor

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • For study groups of 2 or more (single, large table)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  • Whiteboard
  • Food/Drink permitted
  • Conversation permitted at volume that doesn’t disturb those in nearby rooms or outside areas
  • Reserve a room
  • Cell phone use not permitted

General Study Area


Geisel Library Building


1st Floor West, Brody Collaborative Space

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • Open seating & study space (large tables and individual seating)
  • UCSD-only computers (Windows PCs only)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  • Copier (printers in nearby tunnel)
  • Food/Drink permitted
  • Conversation permitted
  • Media Desk nearby

General Study Area


Geisel Library Building


1st Floor East

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • Open seating & study space (large tables and individual seating)
  • Guest computers (Windows PCs only)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  • Copiers (printers in nearby tunnel)
  • Food/Drink permitted
  • Conversation permitted
  • Service desk upstairs

General Study Area


Geisel Library Building


2nd Floor, West Commons

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • Open seating & study space (large tables & individual seating)
  • UCSD-only & guest computers (Windows PCs only)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  • Black/white & color printers, copier, & large format scanner

General Study Area


Geisel Library Building


2nd Floor, East Commons

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • Open seating & study space (large tables & individual seating)
  • UCSD-only & guest computers (Windows PCs & Macs)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  • Black/white & color printers & scanners

General Study Area


Biomedical Library Building


1st Floor, BLB Commons

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • Food/Drink permitted
  • Conversation permitted
  • Cell phone use not permitted
  • Service desk nearby

Active Learning Lab (ALL)


Geisel Library Building


2nd Floor East, Room 2093

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • Room can be configured for individual study, multiple groups, one large group, or a mix
  • Small movable tables have writeable surfaces
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  • Wall-mounted, moveable, and individual whiteboards available
  • Food/Drink permitted
  • Conversation encouraged (at normal speaking volume)
  • Do not remove furniture or whiteboards from room
  • Room is not reservable

Geisel Large Adaptive Study Space (GLASS)


Geisel Library Building


7th Floor, Room 721

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • For group & social learning (ten small, movable, tables have writable surfaces)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  • Whiteboard wall and 16 personal whiteboards
  • Food/Drink permitted but use with caution near computers/equipment
  • Conversation encouraged (at normal speaking volume)
  • Do not remove furniture or whiteboards from the room

Group Study Rooms with Collaborative Technology


Geisel Library Building


Various floors & locations

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • Rooms 1, 2, 1042, & 1045 include large monitors which can stream from laptops
  • Rooms 1040 & 1041 have MediaScapes for attaching up to 4 laptops for easy viewing on 2 large monitors
  • Food/Drink not permitted
  • Conversation encouraged (at normal speaking volume)

Quiet Study Space


Geisel Library Building


4th-7th Floors

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • For individual study (large tables & individual carrels)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
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  • Quick look-up computers (UCSD & guests)
  • Copier
  • Food/Drink discouraged
  • Conversation discouraged
  • Cell phone use not permitted

Quiet Study Space


Biomedical Library Building


2nd Floor

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • For individual study (variety of tables & individual seating)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  •  
  • Quick look-Up computers (UCSD & guests)
  • Copier
  • Food/Drink discouraged
  • Conversation discouraged
  • Cell phone use not permitted

Silent Study Space


Geisel Library Building


8th Floor

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • For individual study (individual carrels)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  •  
  • Quick look-up computers (UCSD & guests)
  • Copier
  • Food/Drink discouraged
  • Conversation not permitted; absolute quiet expected
  • Please silence cell phones
  • Keyboard-free space

Silent Study Space


Biomedical Library Building


Near center of 2nd Floor

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • For individual study (individual carrels)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  • Keyboard-free space
  •  
  • Food/Drink discouraged
  • Conversation not permitted; absolute quiet expected
  • Cell phone use not permitted

Quick Look-Up Computing


Geisel Library Building


2nd Floor Entrance

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • Quick look-up computers (UCSD & guests)
  • Guest access computers (no login required)
  • No productivity software/applications
  • Black/white printer & copier
  • Food/Drink permitted but use with caution near computers/equipment
  • Conversation permitted
  • Service desk nearby
  • Computer use policy

West Commons


Geisel Library Building


2nd Floor West

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • Open seating & study space (large tables & individual seating)
  • UCSD-only & guest computers (Windows PCs only)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  • Black/white & color printers, copier, & large format scanner

East Commons


Geisel Library Building


2nd Floor East

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • Open seating & study space (large tables & individual seating)
  • UCSD-only & guest computers (Windows PCs & Macs)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  • Black/white & color printers & large format scanner

Tunnel Computer Lab


Geisel Library Building


1st Floor Tunnel

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • Drinks permitted, but use with caution near computers/equipment
  • Conversation permitted 
  • Computer use policy

Quick Look-Up Computing


Biomedical Library Building


1st Floor Entrance

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • Quick look-up computers (UCSD & guests)
  • UCSD-only & guest computers
  • Limited guest access available; no login required on some workstations (ask at service desk)
  • No productivity software/applications
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  • Black/white & color printers & copier
  • Only drinks with lids permitted near workstations (details)
  • Conversation permitted
  • Service desk nearby
  • Cell phone use not permitted
  • Computer use policy

BLB Commons


Biomedical Library Building


1st Floor West

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • Only drinks with lids permitted near workstations (details)
  • Conversation permitted
  • Service desk nearby
  • Cell phone use not permitted

Graduate Study Lounge


Biomedical Library Building


1st Floor Lobby

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • Individual graduate student study (large tables & individual seating)
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  •  
  • Printer
  • UCSD-only computers
  • Video cameras in space show record of activity
  • Graduate student lockers are available in Geisel Library
  • Food/Drink permitted
  • Conversation permitted at moderate volume
  • Cell phone use not permitted
  • 24-hour access, excluding campus closures
  • Requires valid UCSD graduate/prof. school student ID (show ID at BLB Front Desk during normal business hours for access card)

Presentation Practice Room: 2


Geisel Library Building


2nd Floor East

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • For individual & group presentation practice.  Room capacity is six people.
  • Large wall-mounted TV for laptop hookup
  • Lectern / podium
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  •  
  • Whiteboard
  • Food/Drink permitted but use with caution near computers/equipment
  • Conversation permitted at volume that doesn’t disturb those in nearby rooms or outside areas
  • Service desk nearby

Presentation Practice Room: 123


Biomedical Library Building


1st Floor, BLB Commons

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • For individual & group presentation practice.  Room capacity is four people.
  • Windows desktop computer
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  •  
  • Whiteboard
  • LCD projector with laptop connection
  • Lectern / podium
  • For use by UCSD students, faculty, and staff; visit BLB Front Desk for key
  • Food/Drink permitted, but use with caution near computers/equipment (details)
  • Conversation permitted at volume that doesn’t disturb those in nearby rooms or outside areas
  • See BLB Room use policy here
  • Service desk nearby

Group Viewing Rooms


Geisel Library Building


1st Floor West

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • Food/Drink not permitted
  • Conversation permitted at volume that doesn’t disturb those in nearby rooms or outside areas
  • Get access from staff at nearby Media Desk
  • More details on available formats and services here.

Media Viewing Stations


Geisel Library Building


1st Floor West

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • Food/Drink not permitted near workstations
  • Conversation permitted 
  • Get materials from staff at nearby Media Desk
  • More details on available formats and services here.

Digital Media Lab (DML)


Geisel Library Building


2nd Floor, East Commons

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • For individual & group media production & editing
  • Staff available for consultation during open hours
  •  
  • High-end Windows & Mac computers with Adobe & other software for video, audio, graphics, & web design
  • Free 3D printing
  • Scanners compatible with print & transparencies
  • For use by UCSD students, staff, and faculty
  • Food/Drink permitted, but use with caution near computers/equipment (details)
  • Conversation permitted
  • Computers & 3D printers are by reservation only
  • For more information email the DML staff

Media Room: 131


Biomedical Library Building


1st Floor, BLB Commons

Amenities/Features

Policies/Details

  • For individual & group media production & editing
  • Electrical outlets & wireless
  •  
  • Windows computer with Adobe software for video, audio, graphics, & web design
  • Whiteboard
  • Scanner compatible with print & transparencies
  • Check out webcam/headphones from BLB Front Desk
  • For use by UCSD students, staff, and faculty; visit BLB Front Desk for key.  Visiting scholars may arrange to use the room by having a UCSD faculty or staff member check out the key on their own library account
  • Food/Drink permitted, but use with caution near computers/equipment (details)
  • Conversation permitted at volume that doesn’t disturb those in nearby rooms or areas
  • Return key and any other checked out items to the BLB Front Desk immediately after the reservation expires to avoid overdue charges