Individual Study Space Reservations

Making a Reservation

The library is open for students to reserve tables for quiet, individual use. Starting April 12, up to 75 students at a time may reserve seats on Levels 2 and 3 during the hours of 10 a.m. - 5:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays (4/17, 4/24, and 5/1) from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Reservations for a specific date will close one full day in advance. If you are interested in reserving a date that has a lock symbol next to it, please confirm there are seats left in the section you wanted in the online system and stop by the library at the date and time you'd like a reservation. We will assign unreserved seats to students on a drop-in basis for that day. Please make sure to bring your Lion Health Check green check to present at the library entrance and read through the Library Community Guidelines.

Loyola Law School students: Because you do not have automatic main campus access right now, to reserve a space in the library, please start by emailing Kathryn Ryan from your LLS email address. Campus access permissions will take 2-3 business days to process, then we will be able to add you to the library reservation system.

Reservation Policies

Students visiting the campus are expected to adhere to all university guidelines for campus access, as outlines in the email confirmation you will receive following your reservation request. Please be prepared to present your green Lion Health Check email at the library entrance, and bring your OneCard in order to access the building.

Please remain masked at all times while on campus. If you need to eat or drink, you must go outside the library. Please plan to bring your own laptops, study materials, pens, and headphones for your study in the library. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be able to provide additional materials. Review our Library Community Guidelines before your reservation.

  • Students can make up to 20 reservations this semester (Spring 2021), as of April 12 these reservations will last three hours and thirty minutes each.
  • Spaces can only be reserved for individuals (no group study available at this time).
  • Back-to-back reservations are allowed, but will be counted as 2 reservations toward the limit of 20.
  • The library will be open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. for reservations, and Saturdays April 17, 24, and May 1 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Seats will be randomly assigned by library staff before you arrive in the library. In order to expedite the process of check in, we will not be able to move your assigned seat.
  • Reservations will be available for two weeks at a time.
  • Reservations must be made 1 day in advance.
  • Seats unreserved during the reservation period will be available for drop-in use by students with campus access. Come to the library at the date and time you wish to reserve, and we will assign you to an open seat.
  • If you learn more than one day in advance that you will not be able to use your reservation, please cancel it to release the reservation to others. If you cannot make your reservation closer to the date, please respond to the seat assignment email so we can remove your reservation.

Proof of Flu Vaccination: Please also note that accessing campus requires proof of flu vaccination to Student Health Services (via the Immunization Entry tab at Students can email to schedule an appointment to receive a flu shot.

Reservations FAQ

Who is eligible to reserve a study space at the library?

Currently enrolled LMU students living on- or off-campus may use their email address to register for an individual study space. By making a library reservation you are agreeing to adhere to the Library Community Guidelines while in the building and on campus.

How many seats are available?

From April 12, 75 seats are available at tables in the study wedges and in the study rooms located on Levels 2 and 3. There are 2 three and a half hour reservation blocks available for Levels 2 and 3.

Can I pick where I want to study?

Specific locations may not be requested in advance. We thank you for sitting at your assigned table, and remaining only in the areas of the library designated for our users at this time.

Can I make a reservation for a friend?

We encourage you to make a reservation for yourself only - when you check in the library, you will need to give the name the reservation was made under. Reserving more than one spot in your name may result in an additional email from library staff to confirm the reservation wasn't an error. Anyone who wants to visit the library should be a student at LMU and be authorized for campus access.

Can I make a reservation with a friend? 

You and a friend may make a reservation for the same time slot, but seat assignment is random and we cannot accommodate change requests to seat you in the same study area. Study spaces are for quiet, individual use only, and students are required to adhere to social distancing protocol at all times while in the library. 

How long can I make a reservation for?

Each reservation is for three hours and thirty minutes. Students may also make back to back reservations to extend their study time.

Is there a limit to how many reservations I can make this semester?

Each student may make twenty reservations between now and the end of the semester. Back-to-back reservations made on the same day will count as two reservations.

How far in advance can I make a reservation?

Reservations open up two weeks out, and must be made one day in advance.

Drop-in appointments are welcome for those with campus access - simply stop by the library at the time you'd like to reserve, and we will find an unreserved seat for you.

What do I need to bring with me when I show up for my reservation?

  • Your OneCard
  • Proof of Green Lion Health Check clearance for the day of your reservation
  • Everything you need to study. We do not have office supplies, chargers, or other peripherals available for loan or use at this time.

What happens if I check in late for my reservation?

The space is yours for the duration of your reserved time, regardless of when you check in.

Do I need to remain in my assigned seat? 

You may move around the library, taking care to social distance, to use the restroom, or retrieve a book from the open stacks on Levels 2 and 3. But please do not move furniture around or otherwise use any spaces that are not currently open.

Will I be able to look for or check out a book in the library while I'm there?

Yes - if the book is on the shelves on Level 2 or 3. You may browse the books in these areas, and if you find what you need you can follow the instructions posted to use one of the self-checkout machines located on Level 1 or 2.

Note that some shelving areas may be blocked off to allow for our staff to safely do their work. If you encounter this, you will either need to wait until they are done (if within your reservation time) or request the book that you need to be sent for pick-up at the campus distribution center.

If you take books off the shelves that you do not check out, you may leave them in the designated locations in the study wedges for quarantine and reshelving.

Staff are unavailable to assist with finding books, using the self checkout, nor can we page library materials from the basement. We encourage you to continue to take advantage of requesting books online in order to ensure that you can get the print books that you need, when you need them.

Can I pick up materials that I reserved online at the library instead of the distribution center?

No. All library materials reserved online for campus pick-up must be retrieved at the Distribution Center in P2 of University Hall until further notice.

Can I get research help while I'm in the library?

Not in person. However, you can always connect with a librarian by setting up a virtual research consultation or using our 24-7 chat help.

Will the restrooms be available while I'm studying in the library?

Yes. The public restrooms on all three levels are available for students with reservations, and every other stall is closed off for social distancing. (Note that library restrooms are not accessible to students on campus without a library reservation.)

Can I eat or drink while studying?

You are required to keep your mask properly on your face for the entire time that you are inside any campus building. Please take breaks to eat or drink outside. 

How is the library reducing the risk of COVID spread?

  • Campus safety protocols are in place and are the primary guidelines under which the library will re-open. These protocols include masking at all times, social distancing measures between seats, and Lion Health Check symptom reporting before entering campus.
  • Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers are available near the entrance to each study wedge.
  • Disinfecting wipes are mounted on a column in each study wedge, and offered near the copier and self-checkout machines.
  • Plexiglass is in place at service points.
  • Signage regarding COVID-19 guidelines is posted at entrance and near study areas. 

Can faculty and staff use the library?

For the first phase of our pilot, study space access is reserved for student use only. This is subject to review and change as we move into future reopening phases.

Remember: the library isn't closed! Please review our guide to online services available for everyone in our campus community.