Study Hubs

McGill students can take advantage of re-imagined safe study spaces on campus that are designed for quiet, individual study. As of June 7, 2021, group study areas are available at the Redpath Study Hub. Summer 2021 drop-in option available.

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Service Overview

McGill students can take advantage of new Study Hubs — re-imagined safe spaces on campus that have been retrofitted to allow for physical distancing and follow all of McGill’s careful safety protocols, including enhanced cleaning, mandatory mask use, safe lineups, and clear signage. 

McGill community members can chat with or text a librarian Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. via the virtual reference service.

Hub locations


Summer 2021 Drop-In

- This option is available only if there are empty seats in the hub at the time of arrival.  

- Sign in at the door using your McGill I.D. card.

Reserve a spot

- Book one slot per day, up to one week in advance.

- Within the floor that you booked, seating is first-come, first-served.

- If there are available seats, bookings can be made the day of, up to two hours in advance of the time slot.

- Hubs are open Monday to Friday. 

- The e-classroom and four individual study pods located in the Cyberthèque are now designated Zoom Zones. Students can attend/participate in online activities in these spaces. First come, first served. Masks and earbuds/earphones are mandatory. 

The following time slots are available for booking:

Hub / Zone Hours  
Redpath Library Building, main floor (individual, quiet study) 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Monday to Friday  
Redpath Library Building, Cyberthèque - street level (group study areas and Zoom zones available) 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Monday to Friday   
Nahum Gelber Law Library (individual, quiet study) 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Monday to Friday  
Macdonald Campus, Barton Building (individual, quiet study) Closed as of April 30, 2021.  

Book a time slot

    What to know before coming to a study hub
      • Please bring your McGill I.D. to gain access to the space. Study hubs are open to current McGill students, staff and instructors. If you are waiting for an appointment to obtain your McGill I.D., please bring another piece of photo ID to the hub, as well as your booking confirmation for the hub.
      • Students taking advantage of the summer drop-in option will need to show a McGill I.D. and sign in at the door.
      • Access to the Cyberthèque and the Law Library second floor is via stairs only (not elevators). 
      • All individuals on McGill campuses will be required to wear a procedural mask when entering or circulating in an indoor shared space, including but not limited to classrooms, Teaching and Study Hubs, shared offices, labs, hallways, elevators, and bathrooms. The University will provide the necessary procedural masks to all students, faculty, staff and visitors entering our buildings. Individuals who would prefer to bring their own procedural masks will be permitted to do so.
      • You may arrive anytime during your booking. Please ensure you leave on time so there is ample time to clean the space for the next student. You may leave before your booking is over. Please exit without lingering or talking with other students. This helps ensure the quiet study and distance protocols are maintained.
      • Choose any available seat on the floor that you reserved. The booking system uses "seat numbers" to track the number of people, however, seating is not assigned and these numbers do not correspond to a specific seat.
      • If you are unable to make your booking, please cancel it. To cancel your booking, click the cancellation link at the bottom of your confirmation email.

      What's available in the study hub? What can I do?
      • Private cubicles and tables are available.
      • Cell phone conversations and video conferencing are not permitted in individual study areas.
      • Drop-in printing is available on the Cyberthèque level of the Redpath Library Building from 10:30 AM-4:30 PM. Students must have their McGill ID with them to use the printers and will be asked to sign in at the door.
      • Please feel free to bring a reusable water bottle or other sealed drink containers. Water fountains are available to refill your water bottle but drinking directly from the fountains will not be permitted. Food is not allowed in the Study Hubs.
      • Power sources in the Study Hubs are available. 85% of Redpath Library Building and Law Library spaces are outfitted with outlets at every seat. We recommend that hub users leave home with a fully charged device in case an outlet isn’t available. Charging stations for cellphones and laptops won’t be accessible. Chargers cannot be borrowed from the library.
      • These study spaces are not traditional library spaces. Circulating through the stacks or using common areas is not permitted. McGill students, faculty and staff members who need to borrow a book are to use the McLennan-Redpath Terrace Pickup Service or the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service.

      Do not enter the Study Hub if you:
      • experience any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, difficulty breathing, sudden loss of smell)
      • have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 during the last 14 days
      • have been traveling outside of Canada in the last 14 days

      Frequently Asked Questions

      What safety measures are in place?

      This on-campus activity respects McGill’s careful safety protocols. These spaces are specifically designed to allow for quiet study in spaces that are retrofitted to allow for physical distancing. Computers and some seats and furniture have been removed. The furniture in the spaces has been adjusted to ensure safe distances. Sanitizing stations are positioned in key areas. Cleaning will occur between each study period. Entrance and exit points will be clearly marked and one way only.

      Do I have to wear a mask?

      As per directives by the Quebec Ministry of Health and McGill University, all individuals on our campuses will now be required to wear a procedural mask when entering or circulating in any indoor shared space, including but not limited to classrooms, Teaching and Study Hubs, shared offices, labs, hallways, elevators, and bathrooms. Your mask may be removed if you are seated (not moving) at least two metres away from others.

      I want to browse the stacks. Why are the stacks off-limits?

      Since the start of the pandemic in March, the library has had to react quickly to the information needs of faculty, students and staff. When we turned on access to the HathiTrust Digital Library’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) in April the Library was able to make over 2 million books from our print collection (including copyright materials) available to the McGill community. Many of our items are protected by copyright law but are made available digitally on a temporary basis due to the involuntary closure of McGill Library. Under the terms of this temporary service, the only way we can legally continue to provide users with access to digital versions of books that are held on our shelves is to close the stacks to the public. McGill Library users can browse the e-resources collection and print collection via WorldCat Discovery. This temporary service gives all students, no matter where they are in the world, access to materials on our shelves. Without it, students who are not studying in the city, would not be able to access materials for their own research.

      How do I book an appointment and how far in advance do I need to book it?

      You can book one time slot per day up to one week in advance. If there are available seats, bookings can be made the day of, up to two hours in advance of the time slot. Only the person who made the booking is permitted into space. You cannot book a seat on behalf of another person. In July and August, walk-ins without a reservation are permitted. Subject to seat availability.

      Is there a limit on the number of appointments I can book (per week, per semester, at a time)?

      In order to ensure that all students who choose to study on campus have a chance to book a seat, space users can book one time slot per day but can book unlimited days per week. There are no other limits.

      Will I have computer/printing access?

      Drop-in printing is available on the Cyberthèque level of the Redpath Library Building. Students must have their McGill ID with them to use the printers and will be asked to sign in at the door.  Students must book a seat in order to access the printers at the Nahum Gelber Law Library. After printing, please follow the on-site self-sanitation guidelines to keep the printer clean. Printers are not available at the Macdonald Campus Study Hub. Computers are not available at any hub.

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