Main Library Study Spaces & Locker Information

Group Study Rooms

Available on a first come, first serve basis to UI students:

Group Study Areas at the Main Library, The University of Iowa LibrariesFirst Floor

Second Floor

  • Central corridor – 11 cubicles

Fourth Floor

  • Room 4041

UI Undergraduate 4-Hour Short Term Study Rooms

  • Available to current UI undergraduate students only
  • Rooms are available when the Main Library Collections are open. See library UI Libraries Hours for more information.
  • Rooms are located on the 4th floor of the Main Library
  • Rooms are for individual study
  • Available with a 4-hour check out period on a first come, first served basis
  • Check out room keys at the first floor Service Desk
  • The Libraries are not responsible for damage or loss of any personal property or other items left in the study room.
  • Please lock the door when you exit the room

Quiet Study Areas & Rooms

The library should be a place conducive to study, but space limitations and lack of study rooms often make it difficult to find a quiet spot to study.  Therefore, several areas have been designated as quiet study areas (areas for individual study, where there should be no talking and no audible electronic devices, including cell phones).

Quiet Study Areas at the Main Library, The University of Iowa LibrariesSecond Floor

  • Study Lounge 2001

Third Floor

  • Seating on the East side of the building in the area around the current and bound journals
  • The Graduate Study Room (3132) is on the north end of the third floor corridor. Any current graduate student with a valid IowaOne card can access the room.
  • The Faculty Study Room (3134) is located on the third floor by the current periodicals. Any current faculty with a valid IowaOne card can access the room. Emeritus may fill out this form to request access.

Fourth Floor

  • Seating in both the East and West book stacks areas

Fifth Floor

  • Seating in both the East and West book stacks areas

Note: Library users in Quiet Study Areas whose study is disrupted are asked to first approach those who are noisy and ask them to be quiet. If necessary, please contact library staff for assistance. Library users who fail to comply with the quiet study constraints will be asked to leave the quiet study area.

Cell phones and conversations should be taken to the central corridors of all floors, or to the building stairwells.

Map of quiet study spaces

Assigned Study Spaces

Individual research study rooms on the upper floors of the Main Library are to be used for the purpose of in-depth study and research requiring extensive use of library materials. These rooms are available for assignment to:

  • Post-comp Ph.D. degree candidates, currently engaged in the writing of their dissertation. Priority is given to disciplines served by the Main Library (humanities, social sciences, and math and physical sciences).
  • Current UI faculty with ranks of professor, associate professor, and assistant professor.

How to Apply:  Application period will open the first day of school in August (APPLY HERE). To be considered in the first round of the assignment process your application must be completed and sent in by August 24th.  Please see Guidelines.


Lockers are available on the first floor and inside the faculty and graduate study rooms on third floor.

  • Undergraduate – available on the first floor, apply here.
  • Graduates – located inside the Graduate Study Room, 3rd floor – APPLY HERE
  • Faculty – located inside the Faculty Study Room, 3rd floor – apply here.


Undesignated Study Areas

Undesignated study areas on floors 1-3 are available as general study space

“The University of Iowa Libraries encourages scholarly research by maintaining an environment conducive to study in all units of the libraries system. Library users are expected to act responsibly, appropriately, and courteously to preserve the libraries’ facilities, environment, and collections.”
(From Conduct In the University of Iowa Libraries: Basic Policy Governing Public Use)