Study Spaces 2020-21

Last updated: Sept 16, 2020.

The Gerstein Science Information Centre will be partially reopening on Sept 10, with access to certain areas of the 1st floor. 

On this page: Guidelines & procedures  |  Location  Access & details about specific spaces and services  |  Floor plan 

See also: Copy, print, scan at Gerstein  |  Wifi and computer - general information  |  Copy, print, scan - general procedures  |  Other U of T Libraries study spaces

Guidelines and procedures

  • Open to current U of T students, staff, and faculty.
  • Physically-distanced study spaces and computer workstations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • There is no time limit
  • There will be signage to show which seats and tables are available
  • Work stations and tables without chairs should not be used
  • Non-medical masks or face coverings must be worn indoors in all common-use spaces such as study spaces. Please review the University's policy on non-medical masks or face coverings and information on proper usage of masks.
  • More information on library health and safety measures


  • The 1st floor offers 99 seats and 24 computer workstations (see floor plan below for details)

Access & details about specific spaces and services

  • Users must scan their TCards to enter the building
    • New student?: If you don't have your TCard yet, or your TCard isn't yet operational, bring proof of registration instead – e.g. timetable or tuition invoice
  • Reduced hours are in operation
  • Books stacks remain closed in compliance with our HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service, which will be maintained in order to provide access to users who cannot visit the library
  • Journal stacks are closed
  • Course reserves are not available, as the Short Term Loan Desk remains closed
  • LIRA workstations and study space for visitors are not available




1st floor:

  • General study areas (including Wallace Room, Morrison Pavilion, heritage Reading Room, Silent Study Room, Quiet Study Room)
  • Washrooms (by entrance); accessible & gender neutral washroom on main floor (by journal stacks)
  • Book returns slot - *for Gerstein books only*
  • Temporary reflection space (opens Sept 16 - George Connell space, in area between stairs to 2nd floor and Morrison Pavilion)

1st floor:

  • General study areas (Quiet Study Room - lower room)
  • Group study rooms
  • Grad lockers
  • Journal stacks
  • Book Stop collection & reading area
  • LIRA/public computer workstations

Entire 2nd floor, 1-Below, 2-Below, 3-Below, including:


  • Borrowing:
  • Computer and wifi access (1st floor only)
  • Printing/Copying/Scanning (1st floor only)
  • Public Service Desk:
  • Short Term Loan Desk
    • Course reserves
    • Technology loans (incl. phone/laptop chargers, 360 camera, Google Cardboard)
  • 3D printing & VR Studio
  • TBucks machine

Floor plan of open/closed spaces and services - 1st floor: