Study Spaces 2020-21

Last updated: Jan 14, 2021

The Gerstein Science Information Centre is now partially reopen, with access to certain areas of the 1st floor. 

Please see our Hours for specific opening hours.

    Nov 30 announcement:

    • Computer workstations now have the following additional software: NVivo, Zoom, and updated accessibility software

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

    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 (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:

    Gerstein Science Information Centre Virtual Tour - Fall 2020

    Check out our new virtual tour* to:

    (*Note: The virtual tour was filmed early Aug 2020, so areas shown do not fully reflect current health and safety measures. This video is meant to be used for illustrative purposes only.  For up to date information on current health and safety measures, check this page: Library health and safety measures.)