Study Spaces

UBC Okanagan has set aside a variety of areas in the following academic 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:

  • Arts building (ART)
  • Commons building (COM)
  • Engineering, Management and Education building (EME)

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 Arts buildings at UBC Okanagan. Students must abide by physical distancing measures and 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. From April 12-30, 2021, quiet study space is also available in COM 201.

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

Arts: Main foyer, atrium, and corridors.

What to know

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

Observe all health safety rules. Wear a non-medical mask in common indoor spaces. Signs in study spaces will remind people to stay at least 2 metres (or six feet) from others, and 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.

Study space is very limited. To support health safety in study areas, about 500 spaces in ART, COM and EME have been identified to meet the immediate needs of students taking in-person courses or living on campus, plus a small number of students visiting from the community.

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.