Policy for Assignment of Research/Study Space

Due to ongoing construction as part of the Weldon Revitalization Project, we are not accepting new applications for assigned graduate study rooms for the 2021/2022 academic year. Please email library@uwo.ca if you have questions.

The D.B. Weldon Library offers assigned individual research/study space to eligible applicants. These rooms provide locked, private space to those engaged in research and learning at Western University. Research/study spaces are assigned for the following academic terms:

May 1st to September 30th
October 1st to April 30th


Weldon accepts applications from:

  • PhD candidates
  • Master’s students
  • Postdoctoral scholars
  • Faculty
  • Professors Emeriti
  • Visiting scholars

Applicants must demonstrate they require considerable and continuous access to Weldon’s unique collections. Special consideration is extended to applicants who require the use of non-circulating material or resources that are difficult to transport to and from the library.

Priority is given to applicants in the disciplines served by Weldon (Arts and Humanities, Social Science, Information and Media Studies, and includes such interdisciplinary programs as Theory and Criticism, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Health Sciences). Applicants from other faculties are considered if space is available after the priority applicants are assigned research/study space.


Applications are reviewed by a panel to ensure that the criteria for eligibility are met.

Final assignments are approved by the Deputy Chief Librarian and an email notification will indicate authorization to assigned space.

The deadline for the receipt of applications will be posted in Weldon Library and on the Western Libraries website, one month prior to the submission deadline. New applications are accepted year-round and rooms may be allocated or names added to the waiting list at any time.

Space is in heavy demand; apply only if you need continuous access to a room. Those who no longer require research/study space are strongly encouraged to relinquish the room for the purpose of reassignment. If the room has been occupied for more than two years, we reserve the right to reassign the space to new applicants.

Daily Research/Study Space

In recognition of the research needs of our growing faculty and graduate student community, a number of research/study rooms are available for daily use. Keys are available at the Service Desk and may be borrowed with a Western ONECard. Keys must be returned before the Library closes. Rooms are offered daily on a first come first serve basis.

Graduate Group Study Room

There is a silent group study room for Graduate Students on the 4th floor, Room 439H. See staff at the Service Desk for the key pad code.