With Brock’s main campus again buzzing with activity, students looking for quiet or collaborative spaces to study have an abundance of options to choose from.
The University offers many indoor and outdoor individual and group study spaces to meet the needs of anyone looking to hit the books, exchange ideas with peers or tackle projects and assignments.
Regardless of the location, students are reminded that when they are indoors on campus, they must wear a mask, even if alone in study spaces. Masks may only be removed when eating or momentarily taking a drink.
The main and second floor of the Rankin Family Pavilion, at the base of the Schmon Tower, as well as the Goodman Atrium, are filled with tables, chairs and natural light, and are open to all students.
Among Brock’s outdoor options is Jubilee Court, the University’s largest courtyard, which is between Mackenzie Chown Complex and Decew Residence; Walker Courtyard, found outside the new Zone Fitness Centre between South Block and Scotiabank Hall; outdoor space near Alphie’s Trough on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment behind Thistle Complex; and picnic tables outside of Market Hall behind Schmon Tower.
An area inside Market Hall has also been sectioned off and zoned as study space near Career Services.
A variety of study spaces are also available through the Brock University Library, including areas designated as group learning and collaborative; quiet; silent; bookable group study rooms; and individual hybrid learning spaces such as bookable single rooms and drop-in carrels. Bookable individual rooms are ideal for students who need a dedicated environment in order to participate in online courses while on campus.
When the Library recently reopened, it did so with some important adjustments in place, including reconfiguring seating to encourage physical distancing, reducing capacity, prohibiting food (although covered drinks are allowed) and requiring masks at all times.
Public workstations are available with no bookings required in the Matheson Learning Commons on the main floor of the James A. Gibson Library in Schmon Tower. Students are reminded that the higher the floor in the James A. Gibson Library, the quieter the environment.
The Library’s fifth floor is the most recently renovated and houses its most popular study space.
For those looking for space in a different area of campus, Brock’s Map, Data and GIS Library in Mackenzie Chown Complex C306 offers collaborative study space and computers for student use.
The Brock University Library offers dedicated meeting, study and storage space reserved for graduate students. For more information, visit the Library’s graduate students’ web page. Five individual study spaces for graduate students are also available on the fourth floor of Plaza Building and can be booked through the Faculty of Graduate Studies. For details, visit the Graduate Studies website.
For a full list of the Brock University Library’s study spaces or to book a space, visit the Library’s website.