Policy for Assignment of Research/Study Space

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:

October 1st to April 30th - Application Deadline September 15th
May 1st to September 30th - Application Deadline in April


Study rooms have now been assigned for the Fall 2022-2023 year. We will be reopening applications for Spring 2023 on March 31st.


Copies of the application are also available at Weldon's Info Desk.


Weldon accepts applications from:

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

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 welcome to apply and are considered if space is available after the priority applicants are assigned research/study space.

Applicants need to describe how continuous access to Weldon’s unique collections supports their research and/or work. Special consideration is extended to applicants who require the use of material that can't be checked out of the library or materials that are difficult to transport to and from the library.


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

Final assignments are approved by the User Services Manager - Information Public Service and Outreach and Events. Successful applications will be notified of their assigned space via email.

Our assigned study rooms are in heavy demand. All eligible applicants will be reviewed and considered. If you are assigned a room, you will have to agree to our Terms of Use, and provide a $50.00 security deposit which is fully refundable at the end of the academic term.

Current assigned study room occupants are eligible to apply for renewal.

Daily Research/Study Space

We know there is high demand for dedicated quiet study space for faculty and graduate students at Western. A number of research/study rooms are available for daily use.

Keys are available at the Info Desk and may be borrowed with a Western ONECard. Keys must be returned to the Info Desk 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 Info Desk for the key pad code.