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Study Spaces

Looking for a place to study? Check out the variety of available study space on campus. Don't forget to check the library hours before visiting the library.

Where do you like to study? What spaces would you recommend?  Send us your suggestions!

late night

quiet study

room with a view

food nearby*

*Please remember that food is not allowed in the libraries, out of consideration and to preserve library materials. Avery does not allow food or drinks, even in covered containers.


group study


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  • Law School: comfortable chairs, tables, good lighting, wireless, small group study and quiet individual study
  • Lenfest Cafe: hot & cold foods, wireless, good light, sociable, tables for groups
  • Lerner Hall: offers a variety of study spaces, wireless internet, is food-friendly with Cafe 212, Tasti D-lite and Ferris Booth in the building, and extends hours to 24/7 during finals period.
  • SIPA, 6th Floor Lounge: coffee bar & sandwiches, comfortable chairs & tables, computer workstations, good light
  • SIPA, 4th Floor: wireless, comfortable individual chairs, tables, sociable, food nearby
  • Check classroom buildings for space

wireless or wired


All libraries at Columbia University provide wireless internet service.

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