Study Spaces

Effective July 1, 2021; the following information is subject to change.

UBC Okanagan has set aside a variety of areas in the following buildings to accommodate the informal study space needs of students taking in-person classes, those living on campus, or who need to be on campus for other reasons:

  • Commons building (COM)
  • Engineering, Management and Education building (EME)
  • University Centre (UNC)

Bookable Spaces

A variety of study rooms in COM and EME can be booked in advance from the Library website.



Informal Study Spaces (not bookable)

There are open and informal learning spaces in the Commons, EME, and UNC buildings at UBC Okanagan. Students are expected to follow protocols related to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The Commons:  D. Ross Fitzpatrick Great Hall (upper and lower), Galleria, Lois and Cliff Serwa Reading Room, North Reading Room and Graduate Commons.

Engineering, Management, and Education (EME): Lower level, mezzanine, and foyers.

UNC: Level one.

What to know

If you do decide to come to campus to study, here’s what you should know:

Observe all health safety rules. Non-medical masks are recommended in common indoor spaces. Supplies will be available to sanitize frequently touched work surfaces. UBC Okanagan Custodial Services will maintain a frequent cleaning schedule for all study spaces.

All students, faculty and staff and visitors must assess themselves daily for COVID-19 symptoms prior to accessing campus property.


Bring your own devices to study areas as computer labs are closed. Cleaning supplies are available in each study area. To support remote teaching and learning, UBC has implemented technology that provides students with remote access to public workstations. See remote access to campus computers.

Library materials are available through a pick-up service but the Library building is closed. Find out more at accessing print materials.

Plan ahead – book a space. You may not find a space if demand is high on a particular day. Outdoor spaces such as the central courtyard may also be available for informal use if weather is suitable.

If you have alternatives to being on campus, please allow others to use the on-campus spaces.

The number of students using the facilities for informal study will be monitored and space adjustments will be considered within the limits of public health and safety protocols.

If you have concerns or thoughts about study spaces, please contact the Student Services team at

Learn more about limited building access on campus.