Changes to Study Space Access

We want to ensure you are informed about policy changes regarding access to library facilities during finals this semester.  Upon examination of usage data during the Spring 2013 finals period, we confirmed that study space in the Watson Library of Business & Economics was underutilized on evenings and weekends. Thus, in consultation with student leaders and the Business School administration, we have revised access policies during the upcoming finals period accordingly.

From December 2nd through December 18th, Watson Library will be open to all graduate students, faculty, staff, and to undergraduates in Economics and Business (GS) Monday through Friday from 8am - 7pm.  At all other times the library will be open to all valid Columbia ID holders.  Others who need library resources or research assistance found only at Watson Library during restricted hours may request access and assistance at the circulation desk.  Watson Library is open to all Columbia affiliates during other times throughout the semester.  

We will also continue to extend access during the finals period at other library facilities as follows:

  • The Science & Engineering Library will continue to offer study hall hours until 3am Sundays through Thursdays, running through the end of the semester.  
  • Lehman Social Sciences Library will hold study hall hours until 4am seven days a week starting December 2nd.
  • Butler Library will continue to be open for study 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the semester.   Starting November 20th, 24-hour study will be extended to reading rooms on the 5th and 6th floor.  

Check the Library Hours page for more information.  Also, please visit the new Study Spaces Open Now feature on the Library hours page, which provides real-time updates about which spaces are currently open, plus hours for that day.  For a full list of study spaces within Libraries facilities, please see our Study Spaces page.  

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