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Library Resources for Michigan Law Students: Quiet Study Spaces

Three Floors, No Waiting

In addition to the law student end of the Reading Room, the Smith underground library is exclusively reserved as your study space. Since only law students are permitted to study in Smith, you are sure to find a quiet spot to do your work among the 550 seats available.

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.

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 underground.

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?

Go Underground logoYou can have library books delivered to your carrel shelf and keep them there all semester. Reserve your carrel shelf at the Circulation Desk on Sub-2.

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

Group study room reservation link

Need Help?

This guide was created and updated by Michigan Law Reference Librarians.


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