Top five study spaces on Grounds

Students across the University find their ideal places to get work done


The second floor of Clemons is slated to offer a full-time academic advising center when it reopens in the fall semester of the 2017 academic year.

Celina Hu | Cavalier Daily

Studying is a large part of the college experience. The University offers 18 different libraries plus a variety of other study spaces. Here are five of the most common places to focus and get work done.

Alderman Library

Constructed in 1933 and named after the University's first president, Alderman Library features multiple locations conducive to studying. The standout spot among these is the McGregor Room, dedicated in the name of Tracy W. McGregor. Known for its professional, scholarly character, the McGregor Room, which is often referred to as the “Harry Potter Room,” is equipped with rich wooden furnishings and plush chairs, accommodating a relaxing studying atmosphere. Alderman Library also possesses the University's most voluminous academic resource collection, which can prove useful if any projects or essays require additional research material. Other notable locations in Alderman include a Greenberry's Cafe and the Scholars’ Lab.

Clemons Library

The four floors of Clemons Library — which is open for 24 hours per day from Sunday at 10 a.m. to Friday at midnight and Saturday from 9 a.m. to midnight — feature a gradually descending volume level from top to bottom. For example, the fourth floor allows for a more dynamic, social experience, while the first floor demands a silent environment. Clemons Library contains a variety of vending machines to accommodate study cravings, and it also offers printing services. The third floor of Clemons, the Robertson Media Center, possesses a variety of unique, high-tech gadgetry available to all students, including an Oculus Rift virtual reality simulator and a recording studio. The second floor of Clemons is slated to offer a full-time academic advising center when it reopens in the fall semester of the 2017 academic year.

The Rotunda

In addition to receiving exterior repairs, the University's iconic architectural centerpiece has also undergone interior renovations. Open everyday to students from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday - Tuesday have extended hours that end at 10 p.m.), the Rotunda boasts cultured, Jeffersonian hallmarks, from elegant chandeliers to wall inscriptions. The uppermost floor, the Dome Room, contains tables that allow for group work, as well as soft chairs that offer a more individual experience. Lying on the lowest level is a museum chronicling the history of the University and its core Academical Village.

1515 on the Corner

The 1515 Building, which recently opened Spring 2017, represents the culmination of years of effort by a student-led commission to create a space on the Corner that provides an alternative to the area's characteristic nightlife. Each floor in the 1515 Building has a distinct theme. The bottom floor accommodates a lively social atmosphere, replete with gaming machines such as skeeball, air hockey and old arcade experiences, while the uppermost floor is designed for students who need quiet study time, offering individual rooms that can be reserved via electronic kiosks stationed outside of them. The middle floor represents a hybrid between the two extremes, promoting a relaxed yet studious environment equipped with cushioned couches and a cafe.

Charles L. Brown Science & Engineering Library in Clark Hall

While the Brown Library — or more commonly called “Clark” — is oriented toward the Engineering School, it nonetheless draws students of all academic backgrounds. Housed within Clark Hall, the entrance of the building features a lush mural in the classical tradition, as well as another Greenberry's Cafe. The library itself is divided into multiple spaces, including isolated cubicles and closed-door rooms that range in acceptable volume levels. The Brown stacks, located underneath the main floor, carry vast amounts of mostly science- and engineering-related texts, including those written in foreign languages.

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