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Law Library Student Services

Information for UW Law students about the services we offer.

How to Reserve a Law Library Seat or Group Space

Most seats in the library are now available for reservations! Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance via the "Reserve a Space" link on our homepage, or in the moment by scanning the QR code posted by each seat. Individual reservations are limited to four hours and back-to-back reservations are permitted. To see a picture of a seat before you reserve it, click on the seat's listing on the reservation site.

Reservation Policies

  • Law students only. Other UW students can reserve rooms in other libraries here.
  • Individuals cannot have more than one space reserved at a time. 
  • If a reservation is not claimed within 15 minutes, the reservation is subject to cancellation and the room may be used by another group/individual. 
  • Please do not leave your belongings unattended. 
  • Questions or issues with these policies--talk to the Information Desk. 

Law Student Study Rooms: 

Due to the popularity and limited amount of study rooms in the library, the following are the reservation policies that only apply to the study rooms. 

  • 2-hour limit to reservations: you can only reserve a room for two hours at a time. If you're in a group and the group wants the room for more than an hour, someone else can reserve the same room for another two hours using their NetID. 
  • Individuals can make no more than 2 reservations per day.
  • Priority for groups: Even if you've reserved the room if you're alone in the room and a group walks up, the group has priority and you will have to move elsewhere.

Reservable Seating and Study Rooms

Table Seats

There are large tables on both floors of the library, each with 3-4 individual seats for reservation. These seats are a great choice for those who love open spaces and natural light. To reserve a seat at a table, change the "Category" drop-down menu to "Tables" on the reservation site.

Carrel Seats

There are several groups of carrels located throughout the library. The different spaces offer varying levels of natural light, privacy, and noise to choose from based on your preferences. Please note that not every carrel has electricity available. If you will be needing an outlet for your work, be sure to look for a carrel designated with an icon shaped like a plug. 

Study Rooms

There are twelve study rooms available for reservation on L2. To promote social distancing, capacity is limited to two people. Many study rooms have a monitor to connect to your computer and adapters are available for checkout at the Information Desk. To check if a study room has a monitor, click on the "Info" button next to the room number. To reserve a study room, change the "Location" drop-down menu to "L2 Study Rooms" on the reservation site.

RSO Commons Study Pods and Individual Rooms

The RSO Commons has several pods designated for group work. To reserve a pod, change the "Location" drop-down menu to "L2 Collaborative Commons" and the "Category" menu to "Group Study Pods" on the reservation site.              

There are also four individual study spaces in the Commons. Please note that some of these spaces do not have doors and are open to the rest of the Commons. You can determine which rooms are open by clicking on the room's listing on the reservation site. To reserve one of these rooms, change the "Category" drop-down menu to "Commons Individual Rooms".

Open Seating (No Reservation Needed)

Reference Area

The tables in the Reference Area on L1 are available for open seating. The Reference Area is a great choice if you are looking to host office hours in the library.

Soft Seating

Any armchair in the library are non-reservable and available for open seating.

Other Open Desks

All other seats are designated as either "Open Seating", meaning no reservation is required. Be sure to check the sign at a seat to make sure it is open before you start working. 

Seats Map

These color-coded maps show where the different seating areas are located in the library.