With finals fast approaching, study spaces around campus are in high demand. According to a recent Panther article, students are always on the hunt for quiet study spaces where they can work in peace. The Leatherby Libraries has around 800 chairs, and has plans to continue to add more. (Of course, during the finals period, those seats are open
24 hours a day!) Some of these seats are tucked away outside the popular study areas, offering tables and quiet zones. I bet even the savviest students don’t know about these spaces where they can study and work. Read on to learn more about some of these new and hidden study spaces in the Leatherby Libraries.

New Spaces:Two chairs and a table in a library.

1st Floor
– The Leatherby Libraries has recently added furniture and removed shelves to make more room for collaborative study space. Along with the opened space, two new white boards have been installed for use.

2nd and 3rd Floor
– New tables and chairs have been added in the portico areas this year. Of course, we continue to offer the ever-popular carrels on each floor and bookable study rooms.



Leatherby Libraries Hours:
Monday – Friday, 7am – 2am, Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 2pm
May 9 – 19, Open 24 hours



Hidden Spaces:img_2726


Huell Howser Archive

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Closed Sunday – Monday

On the lower level, there is not only the California’s Gold Exhibit, but also the Huell Howser Archive reading room. Nice and quiet, this room is a great place to get through those textbook chapters or make a study guide with friends.

Center for American War Letters Archivimg_2727es Reading Room

Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 10am – 5pm, Closed Sunday – Monday

Across from the California’s Gold Exhibit, there is the Center for American War Letters Archives Reading Room. This recently opened space has tables, reading chairs, computer workstations, and a quiet setting perfect for working on a project or doing a last-minute assignment.

Lower Level Computer Labsimg_2723

Downstairs there are also six classrooms and computer labs in the library. These are available at any time when a class is not in session. For the schedule of each of the basement labs, click

The Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library

Hours: Monday- Friday 9am – 5pm, Closed Weekends

Located on the fourth floor, not only is this library partly a museum, it is an established library in its own right. Little known to students, you can in fact work and study in their library space. They have multiple large tables made for group or individual projects.

The Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives

Hours: Monday- Friday 10am – 5pm, Closed Weekends

Next door to the Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library is the
Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives. Home to the current
Henri Temianka  exhibit and special collection librarians, there is also the Yamagishi Reading Room that is open to the Chapman community. This is probably one of the quietest places in the library – great for an undisturbed study session.

As you wrap up this semester’s work, try studying in one of these little-known library locations. You might just find your new favorite study zone!