Types of Spaces

Two women studying together in the Murray Library.
Collaborative study space in Murray Library, 1st-floor south wing.

Collaborative spaces are for groups to work together. You can expect conversational noise levels.

Expectations:

  • Use headphones when listening to music or watching videos.
  • Conversations at a reasonable volume are welcome. 

The Engineering Library and first two floors of the Murray Library are known as livelier spaces, but other libraries also have collaborative working spaces.

Common study areas (tables & chairs)

  • Education & Music
  • Engineering 
  • Health Sciences
  • Murray (ground & 1st floor)

Casual seating (couches & arm chairs)

  • Education & Music
  • Engineering 
  • Health Sciences
  • Murray (ground & 1st floor)
  • Veterinary Medicine
Tables and study carrels in the Science library, ground floor.
Individual and small group study space in the Science Library.

Low-level conversation is welcome in individual and small group study spaces but these are quieter, more traditional library spaces. Please keep volume levels low and be mindful of those working around you. 

Expectations:

  • Use headphones when listening to music or watching videos.
  • Put your cell phone on vibrate.
  • Keep phone conversations quiet and brief.

Common study areas (tables & chairs)

  • Education & Music
  • Health Sciences
  • Law
  • Murray (floors 2 through 6, south wing)
  • Science

Individual study carrels

  • Law
  • Health Sciences
  • Murray (floors 3 through 6, south wing) 
  • Science
  • Veterinary Medicine

Casual seating (couches & armchairs)

  • Murray (floors 2 through 6, south wing)

  • Veterinary Medicine (reading room)
A woman reading outside of the silent study room in Murray Library, north wing.
Silent reading room and quiet space in the Murray Library north wing.

The entire Murray Library north wing, including the Reading Room, and the quiet study room in the Veterinary Medicine Library are designated quiet space. The Science Library, Law Library, Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library, Veterinary Medicine Library, and STM Shannon Library are typically quieter locations but are not designated quiet spaces. 

Expectations:

  • Individual study, keep conversations to a minimum. 
  • Use headphones when listening to music or watching videos.
  • Put your cell phone on vibrate and take calls in another part of the building. 
  • Be mindful of loud typing on keyboards.
Five students working together inside a bookable study rooms on the ground floor of the Murray Library.
Bookable Study Rooms on the ground floor of the Murray Library.

Bookable study rooms are equipped with screens that are PC and Mac compatible. You can borrow Mac adaptors/dongles and dry erase markers from the closest check-out desk. While these rooms are meant for group collaborative work, please be mindful of others in adjacent spaces. The study rooms are not soundproof. 

  • Each student can make 2 bookings per week
  • Maximum of 2 hours per booking.
  • Book up to 2 weeks in advance. 
  • The 'Brief Description' you enter on the reservation form is visible to all users. 
  • The room capacity is listed in brackets next to the room number on the reservation form (e.g. Caribou Lake Room (2003.2)(5) in Education & Music is suitable for up to 5 people). 
  • If a booked room is left unoccupied for 30 minutes it will become available for other students on a first-come-first-served basis. The new group can continue to use the room even if the original group arrives late. Please make sure someone from your group arrives on time. 
  • Questions? Talk to the staff at the nearest library service desk or AskUs

Expectations:

  • Play music and videos at a reasonable volume. The study rooms are not soundproof.
  • Food and drinks are welcome but dispose of garbage appropriately. 
  • Return all borrowed markers and adaptors to the check-out desk at the end of your booking. 

Bookable spaces in the following libraries can be reserved online.

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If you notice anyone misusing spaces in the library, please tell a staff member or  Ask Us for assistance.

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The Science Library, the Writing Help Centre (1st floor Murray South) and University Archives and Special Collections (3rd floor Murray South) are the only library spaces where food is not allowed. Covered drinks and water bottles are welcome in food-free spaces except for University Archives and Special Collections.

All other libraries allow food (within reason). Please be mindful of others using the library - avoid pungent, loud, or messy meals in all library spaces and dispose of garbage appropriately. 

The Murray Library has Late Night Study during regular semester (September - April) Sun - Thurs: 11 pm to 1 am; Fri & Sat: 9 pm to midnight.

24/7 Late Night Study runs during final exams in December and April. 

Check the Hours page for the most up-to-date schedule. 

During Late Night Study, access is restricted to Murray Library's ground floor and library staff are not available to check out books or answer reference questions. Late Night Study access is restricted to students who must present their current U of S Student Card

Late Night Study can accommodate up to 200 people and operates in association with the USSU Student Crew and other USSU programs, including Safewalk. Students from all colleges are welcome to use Late Night Study.

In addition to the Late Night Study program, some libraries are open later than others. Check the Hours page or the Library homepage for today's hours at all locations. 

All library locations, with the exception of the Engineering Library, have areas with natural light. Engineering has no exterior windows, but you can borrow a Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) lamp from the check-out desk to use while you study. 

Libraries that have large windows and are often flooded with natural light are the Leslie & Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library, Science Library, Veterinary Medicine Library (in the adjacent atrium), and the Shannon Library in St. Thomas More College. 

Desktop and laptop computers are available in all seven library locations. Check out the current availability of desktop computers in your favourite location or learn more about borrowing laptops from the library.

Bring your laptop or borrow one from the library and use a standing desk in the Science Library, the Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library or the Murray Library (ground floor).

All of our library locations are wheelchair accessible but some parts of the collection are not easily accessed. Library staff are happy to help you retrieve materials in person or you can place a hold and pick up your items at the check-out desk in any location. 

Elevator access to the Murray Library is available from the main ground-floor doors on the north-east side of the building or from the elevator on the lower level of Place Riel Student Centre. Key cards for this elevator are issued by the University Library Dean's Office (Room 156 Murray Library), Mon - Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (closed noon - 12:30).

An inclusive washroom is defined as a public toilet that people of any gender or gender identity can use. These washrooms benefit:

  • transgender populations and people who exist outside of the gender binary
  • people with disabilities
  • elderly people and anyone who may require assistance from someone of another gender
  • parents who wish to accompany their children

Inclusive washrooms can be found in the Murray Library - Room G23 on the ground floor and Room 610 on the 6th floor. 

Check the campus map of inclusive washrooms to find all locations on campus. 

Libraries

A person looking at records and a second seated person reading and drinking coffee inside the Education and Music Library.
Education and Music Library

The Education and Music Library combines quiet and collaborative study space. It houses our extensive local music collection, curriculum materials, and technology for multi-media listening, viewing, and creation.

Collaborative space
Individual & small group space
Bookable study rooms
Computers
Natural light
Wheelchair accessible
Food-friendly
A student working at a table and a library employee pushing a book cart inside the Engineering Library.
Engineering Library

The Engineering Library is a food-friendly, collaborative working space. We combine group and individual study spaces with tables and chairs, non-bookable group work areas separated by glass whiteboards, individual study carrels, and casual seating. There is often a hum of activity and at times it can be quite loud as students work on projects together. If you are comfortable working in a dynamic environment, either alone or with a group, and want to bring your lunch, meet your friends, or kick back with our casual seating then this is the space for you. Earplugs are available at the check-out desk for those who need to focus on their studies.

Collaborative study space
Individual & small group space
Computers
Natural light
Wheelchair accessible
Food friendly
Students studying at the long tables inside the Law Library.
Law Library

The Law Library is a quiet space featuring spacious tables and comfortable seating. Many study spaces have natural light and are located near windows. Individual study cubicles are available on the mezzanine and basement levels, while the group study room can accommodate up to six people for collaborative work. The main floor is fully wheel-chair accessible.

While studying on the main floor and mezzanine levels, enjoy the unique Modern architecture of the Law Library, featuring “soaring light-filled space, stretching more than three storeys in height and crowned by a cupola with clerestory glazing” (University of Saskatchewan Heritage Register).

Individual & small group space
Bookable study room
Computers
Natural light
Wheelchair accessible (*limited access to collections)
Students studying on the ground floor of the Leslie and Irene Dube Health Science Library.
Leslie and Irene Dube Health Science Library, ground floor

The Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library offers spaces on three floors that facilitate individual and collaborative study and research. The spaces are all functional, aesthetic, and wheel-chair accessible. The library’s panoramic windows let in natural light, and our comfortable seating creates an inviting environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Desks, tables (including stand-up tables), and carrels are located throughout the library. There are 23 bookable study rooms equipped with screens that are PC and Mac compatible. The library also accommodates Access and Equity Services students with a room that has a variety of assistive and enhanced technology. If you are looking for a modern and open concept design, the Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library is the place to be!

Individual & small group space
Quiet study space
Bookable study rooms
Computers
Natural light
Wheelchair accessible
Standing desks
Food-friendly
Two students studying in the individual carrels in the Murray Library North Wing
Murray Library, 3rd floor north wing

The Murray Library is the largest library on campus and houses a variety of different spaces. Expect more activity in the collaborative spaces on the ground and first floors. Quiet conversation is welcome in the individual and small group spaces on the second to sixth floors of the South Wing. Our Designated Quiet Zone is the entire North Wing of the library. Access the North Wing by turning left at the top of the main stairwell or from the elevators on the first floor, passing through the exhibit space, and following the hallway.

Collaborative study space
Individual & small group space
Quiet study space
Bookable study rooms
Computers
Natural light
Open late
Wheelchair accessible
Standing desks
Inclusive washrooms
Food-friendly
Food-free (*Writing Help Centre only)
Students at computers and desks inside the Science Library, ground floor.
Science Library, ground floor.

The Science Library has four floors of food-free, quiet space with tables and chairs, individual carrels, and casual seating. There are bookable study rooms for those who want to work quietly in a group setting. Plentiful windows illuminate the top three floors with natural light. If you want to be able to focus on your studies, or work quietly in a group, in a well- lit environment without being distracted by food and noise then you will appreciate working in the Science Library.

Individual & small group space
Quiet study space
Bookable study rooms
Computers
Natural light
Wheelchair accessible
Standing desks
Food-free
Ground floor of the Veterinary Medicine Library and the adjacent atrium.
Veterinary Medicine Library

The Veterinary Medicine library is food friendly and wheelchair accessible. The common area includes study carrels, library computers, and comfortable seating in a naturally lit space. Minimal noise can be expected here and in our reading room. The carrels in the Veterinary Medicine library's quiet study room are equipped with electrical and phone charging plug-ins.

Individual & small group space
Quiet study space
Computers
Natural light
Wheelchair accessible
Food-friendly

While not part of the seven University Library branches, the STM Shannon Library can be used by all U of S students.

The STM Library is a quiet and food-friendly elegant space featuring spacious tables and comfortable seating. There is an abundance of natural light and comfortable seating around the fireplace. The library is fully wheel-chair accessible and a computer lab is available. 

Individual & small group space
Quiet study space
Computers
Natural light
Wheelchair accessible
Food-friendly