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Library Resources for Michigan Law Students: Quiet Study Spaces

Quiet Study Spaces for Every Occasion

Open Seating In the Sunlight

Just because we're underground, doesn't mean we're in the dark. Refresh yourself in the light let in by the sloping Smith lightwells.

Take our quiz to find your perfect study spot!

What's Your Study Style?

Distractions getting in your way? Study in seclusion in one of the open carrels.

Need to stretch your legs? Use one of the handful of standing tables.

Want to collaborate with your peers? Reserve a group study room in the Reading Room or Lower Commons. During the Pandemic, GSRs are only available for study after 5pm M-F, or anytime on the weekends. All users from 8-5, Monday-Friday must have an appointment or interview scheduled to use a GSR.

Feel like curling up with a book? Relax on a sofa or armchair.

Where Can I Eat?

When you're feeling peckish, there are plenty of places near the Library that welcome food and drink. 

  • Lower Commons
  • Upper Commons
  • Kirkland & Ellis Cafe
  • Corridor beneath the Reading Room
  • Benches in the Quad and the Hutchins Courtyard

While food is not allowed in the Underground Library or Reading Room, you are welcome to bring beverages in closed containers.

Did You Know?

The Reading Alcove on Sub-1 is home to our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion collection, our Avern Cohn Collection, and our Writing Reserves. Curl up on one of the comfy couches and dig into a book that requires no outlining or citations.

Get to the Group Study Room reservation page from the Law Library homepage.

screenshot of homepage with seat and group study room reservation link highlighted

Need Help?

  Call us at 734-764-9324

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  Email us at Emails are answered by Librarians during standard business hours, Monday-Friday. Patrons may expect a response within 1-2 business days for most emails.

  Consult with us. Schedule an appointment to meet with a Reference Librarian.

  Visit us at the Information Desk on Sub-1 for immediate in-person assistance. Open 8 am - midnight, Sunday-Thursday, and 8am - 10pm, Friday-Saturday*


The chat service is available to all of our patrons but is designed to meet the legal research needs of U-M students, staff, and faculty.

Chat is monitored from 1-6 pm Monday-Wednesday and 1-5 pm Thursday-Friday on days when class is in session.

*Excluding University holidays and semester breaks--check library hours for more information. The Building and library are available to law school community ONLY after 6 pm, and are closed to all but law school community on home football Saturdays.