Study Rooms

Students utilizing Library study rooms.

Each library on campus has some quiet study areas, but not all have group study areas or study rooms. Please review the following for information on Olin Library Study Rooms, Study Rooms in the Danforth Campus Distributed Libraries, and Graduate Student Study Rooms.

Some Study Rooms are available in limited capacities. See more details below and visit our COVID-19 Information page for more details.

John M. Olin Library

Open Study Areas

Study seating in all open areas on all levels of Olin Library – including university study cubbies on Level 1 (in the southwest and northwest areas of the Library) – is available in the Library on a first-come, first-served basis during Olin Library’s open hours.

Study Rooms

Seating in the additional study rooms on the following list is available to all users on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please see the Graduate Study Rooms section for more information on Olin Library Graduate Study Rooms.

Instruction Room 3 on Level A (along the east wall of the Library) will be accessible to anyone with a valid WashU ID during Olin Library’s open hours. The room is first-come, first-served for drop-in studying when not reserved by the Libraries. The Libraries reserve the right to ask others to leave when the room is scheduled/reserved.

Morrow Group Study Room 217 on Level 2 (along the west wall of the Library) will be available for use during Olin Library’s open hours on a first-come, first-served basis. Room 217 is not currently available for reservations; please help us optimize availability by limiting usage to the time you need and choosing other library spaces when you need quiet, individual study. More than one group can use Room 217 at a time as space allows. 

John M. Olin Library has five reservable group study rooms, located on the east side of Level 2:

  • Virginia Dowsing Toliver Group Study Room 204
  • Leicht Group Study Room 205
  • Hawes Group Study Room 206
  • Reber Group Study Room 207
  • Tuteur Group Study Room 208

All rooms come equipped with a table, chairs, whiteboard, and power outlets. 

To access the rooms, turn right on Level 2 from the Kagan Grand Staircase, or turn left after you exit the elevator on Level 2 (see Collection Locations for floor plans).

The rooms are available for reservations via the Library Room Reservation system during all hours the library is open

Reservable group study room policies:

  • The rooms are primarily for groups to engage in a collaborative study.
  • The rooms are not for regularly scheduled classes.
  • When the rooms are empty, they are available for walk-in use.
  • Reservations are strongly encouraged and always take precedence over walk-ins. 
  • If you made a reservation and no longer need it, cancel it so others can reserve the room.
  • Reservations are available during open John M. Olin Library hours.
  • John M. Olin Library group study rooms are reservable for up to 3 hours per day and up to seven days in advance.
  • Questions? Visit the Help Desk on Level 1 during its operational hours, or contact CFU-LIBFacilitiesandSafety@email.wustl.edu (generally monitored Monday through Friday between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm).
  • The library reserves the right to deny reservation requests that do not follow the above policies. 

Danforth Campus Distributed Libraries

East Asian Library | Gaylord Music Library | Kopolow Business Library
Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library

Most Danforth Campus libraries have study seating available. See individual library location pages for respective hours and continue reading for study room details.


East Asian Library

The East Asian Library Group Study Room 211 is located next to the reading room and nearby the emergency exit door. It is for groups of three or more people, and it has a large table, a whiteboard, ten chairs, electrical outlets, and wireless internet access. 

The Group Study Room 211 requires an online reservation and may be scheduled for up to three hours at a time. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. When the room is empty, it is available for walk-in use, but reservations always take precedence over walk-ins. Walk-in individuals or groups are encouraged to make an instant reservation at the East Asian Library service desk. 

Groups need to reserve the Group Study Room via the Library Room Reservation system at least one hour in advance. Please contact the East Asian Library at (314) 935-5525 or by email at WU_EastAsianLibr-cfus@gowustl.onmicrosoft.com if you need reservation assistance.

  • The primary purpose of the room is to provide a place for students to engage in collaborative and cooperative study in small groups. 
  • The Group Study Room is not available for regularly scheduled classes. 
  • Individuals may reserve the study room for a video conference.  
  • The open hours of the Group Study Room are according to the East Asian Library service hours.

Gaylord Music Library

Gaylord Music Library has two group study rooms: Room 9 on the basement level and Room 201 on the mezzanine level. These study rooms require the use of stairs beyond the library service desk for access. The group study rooms are available for reservations via the Library Room Reservation system during the library’s open hours

  • The rooms are primarily for groups to engage in collaborative study.
  • The rooms are not for regularly scheduled classes.
  • When the rooms are empty, they are available for walk-in or individual use.
  • Reservations are strongly encouraged and always take precedence over walk-ins. For help with making reservations, visit the Gaylord Music Library service desk.
  • If you made a reservation and no longer need it, cancel it so others can reserve the room.
  • Reservations are available from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Reservations for Gaylord Music Library group study rooms can be made for up to 3 hours per day and up to seven days in advance.
  • Questions? Contact the Gaylord Music Library at (314) 935-5563 or WU-LibMusic@wusm.wustl.edu.
  • The library reserves the right to deny reservation requests that do not follow the above policies.

Kopolow Business Library

The Business Library has nine group study rooms but only seven are available for online reservations. The other two rooms can be used on a first-come, first-served basis unless needed by faculty. Each room has six chairs and one table, access to power outlets, and a whiteboard for group work. Groups can reserve rooms for a duration of up to two hours. Users can reserve rooms up to 14 days in advance.

The Kopolow Business Library study rooms are available for reservations during all hours the library is open. For assistance, please contact the Kopolow Business Library staff via e-mail at bschoolcirc@olin.wustl.edu or by phone at (314) 935-6963.

Please ensure that your Office 365 account is set to Central Time Zone before reserving a Kopolow Business Library Study Room. Use the following instructions to reserve one of the seven available Kopolow Business Library Study Rooms:

  1. Login to Outlook on the Web (OWA) using your WUSTL Key;
  2. Select ‘Calendar’ either by clicking on the Apps button (3×3 squares) at the top-right of the toolbar or by selecting the calendar icon on the right;
  3. Double-click on the day and time that you want to book a room In the new event window that is displayed;
  4. Enter an event name/title;
  5. Select a duration (study room max is 2 hours);
  6. On the line reading “Search for a room or location,” select “Browse with Room Finder” and type “LIB Kopolow Business Library Rooms” in the Building field to discover the list of study rooms;
  7. A list of rooms that are available is displayed – select the desired room;
  8. Click “Save;”
  9. After a few seconds, check your email Inbox for a response from the room calendar.
  10. If you get a message accepting your event, then you have successfully booked the room! If you get a message rejecting your event, then you need to pick another time or room and try again to book your room reservation.

Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library

Rome Seminar Room

The Rome Seminar Room is not available for use at this time.

Graduate Study Rooms

Olin Library Graduate Study Rooms

Olin Library Graduate Study Rooms are accessible to graduate students with a valid Washington University ID during Olin Library’s open hours. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Olin Library has four Graduate Study Rooms:

  • Graduate Study Room 326 on Level 3 (along the north wall of Olin Library)
  • Graduate Study Room 213 on Level 2 (along the south wall of Olin Library)
  • Graduate Study Room A30 on Level A (along the west wall of the Library)
  • Graduate Study Room B25 on Level B (along the west wall of the Library)

In addition to the Graduate Study Rooms, Olin Library hosts Graduate Study Carrels on Level A. The Level A graduate study carrels are available on a first-come, first-served basis via check-out from the Help Desk on Level 1.

Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library Graduate Study Room

The Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library Graduate Study Room A30 (002 D) is accessible to graduate students in the Sam Fox School and Department of Art History & Archaeology during the Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library’s open hours. Seating in the Graduate Study Room is available on a first-come, first-served basis.