Quiet study

This page contains information on the quiet study areas located in the Library branches across campus:

Birks Reading Room

  • All of the Birks Reading Room is a silent study area
  • Because of the hardwood floors in the Birks Reading Room, winter boots must be left on the rubber mats inside the main doors of the building.

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Humanities and Social Sciences Library

There are 3,500 seats, with tables of various sizes, available for use throughout the McLennan-Redpath Library Complex. 80% of these seats (besides the conversation zones on the main floor of McLennan-Redpath and Cyberthèque) are for quiet study.


Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art

The Blackader-Lauterman study space, located on the third floor of the Redpath Library Building, offers large tables for consultation of oversize books and maps.

  • Blackader Library reading room is a quiet study area
  • Large tables seating over 100 people


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Islamic Studies Library

  • The Islamic Studies Library is a quiet study area.

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Macdonald Campus Library

  • Level 3

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Marvin Duchow Music Library

The Music Library provides a variety of study spaces. Due to the nature of the discipline and the trend toward collaborative work in courses and seminars, sound levels in these areas vary. In general, the principle for use is the higher and farther back one goes in the Library, the quieter the environment should be. For example, the 3rd-floor entrance is the hub of information sharing, teaching, and learning services whereas the 5th floor is a designated quiet study area where silence or discreet whispering is the practice.

  • The perimeter of each floor is lined with individual study desks.
  • The 4th-floor has 46 listening and viewing stations.
  • The 5th-floor carrels are assigned to graduate students but may be used by anyone when not otherwise occupied.

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Nahum Gelber Law Library

There are wired study tables and carrels on all floors of the library.

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Osler Library of the History of Medicine

  • 3 tables that seat 12 students in the main part of the library
  • 2 additional rooms reserved for those consulting rare or archival material

Reserved desks

  • 2 desks in the mezzanine

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Rare Books and Special Collections

  • Space for 18 to 20 readers in the Reading Room.
  • This space is reserved for readers using Rare Books and Special Collections Library items.
  • No items are permitted to leave the Reading Room under any circumstances.
  • Readers can place material on hold in the Reading Room, to make the item readily accessible throughout their research period. Please consult the Reading Room Supervisor.

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