Step Outside the Law Library for National Library Week: 10 Best Study Spaces at UGA

National Library Week is this week. What better way to celebrate our libraries than to explore some of UGA’s unique locations. As exams approach and you are searching for an alternative place to study, you may find that these spots are just the type of change in scenery you could use to focus solo or collaborate with fellow law students.

1. Main Library

Just a stone’s throw from our own law library is UGA’s Main Library. This massive multi-story building has several nooks and crannies to explore for both solo and group studying. Highlights include the fourth floor study areas, the media desk located in the basement, and the maps library found in the sub-basement. Law students can use their UGA ID cards to check out materials from the main library, which is open until 2 am.

2. Women’s Studies Library 

Although not a part of the UGA Libraries system this small library is located just behind the law library’s annex. The collection is made up completely of donated materials: nearly 3,000 books, journals, and magazines on women’s studies topics such as gender, race, class, and sexuality. Housed in a cozy reading room, it is open to all students and faculty.

3. Owens Library

This small library is housed in the Jackson Street building of the College of Environment and Design. It includes materials about landscape architecture, historic preservation, environmental planning and design, and environmental ethics. Law students with an interest in Environmental Law or Land Use may feel right at home studying here.

4. Special Collections Library

The Special Collections Library features exhibit galleries, the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and Saturday from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. It is a lovely space worth visiting and quite different than any other library space on campus.

5. Miller Learning Center

A short walk from the law library you will find the MLC with beautiful study spaces including 96 group study rooms. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is well positioned for easy access to both Tate Center food options and Boyd Dining Hall across Lumpkin Street. It even has attractive outdoor spaces for those who enjoy studying outside in the spring, like the Head Terrace.

6. Music Library 

Since 1995 this library located in UGA’s Hodgson School of Music has operated as a branch collection of the Main Library. Among its many materials it serves as the primary access point for music audio and video recordings. Formats collected include LPs, CDs and audio cassettes, and video formats include VHS tapes, 12″ Laserdiscs, and DVDs. It is open until 10 pm Monday through Thursday.

7. Art Library

Another branch of UGA’s library system, the Art Library primarily serves the Lamar Dodd School of Art. It is also open to both the university community-at-large and to the public.  This small library holds current art periodicals, a rotating cast of new books, course reserves, a reference section, a media collection, and a zine library. It also has several group study rooms and two public computer workstations.

8. Science Library 

The science library has many spaces for studying and is open 24 hours during reading days and exams. There are tables for group study, as well as a unique makerspace if you are looking to explore all that the science library has to offer. It is located inside the Boyd Graduate Studies Building.



9. Carnegie Library

Located on the Health Sciences Campus in Normaltown, this 1910 building is an inviting and comfortable place to study. The building closes at 10 pm Sunday through Thursday, while Medical Partnership and College of Publc Health students can swipe for access until 2 am between Sunday and Friday of each week.


10. Ramsey Student Center

Not your average “library,” the Ramsey Student Center is a prime location for working out. But did you know that the lower floor has an outdoor equipment checkout desk? You can check out hammocks, tents, kayaks and paddle boards. Check out a hammock and set up your own personal outdoor study area during exams for a truly unique study experience.

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