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Due to COVID-19, as of 6:00 PM, Sunday, March 15, 2020 the Graduate Research Center is closed to non-library personnel. Thank you for your flexibility during this time.

Learn more about changes to Library services and policies.

Graduate Research Center (GRC)

The GRC is a dedicated study and event space for graduate students located between the Library and School of International Service. It can be accessed in two ways:

  • SIS Building: Terrace (when SIS Building is open) or garage P1 level
  • Bender Library: Lower Level (when Library is open)

workroom/technology reservations

Reservations are available to AU graduate students between 8am-midnight when the GRC is staffed. At all other times, the workrooms run on a first-come, first-served basis. Each workroom includes an LCD screen equipped to project from laptops. Please see the Library workroom policies before reserving a room. Current availability: GRC B54, GRC B55.

Day-Use Locker check-out

Day-Use lockers can be checked out by AU graduate students from the GRC desk. Lockers are due the following day when the Library closes. Semester lockers located immediately outside the GRC can be checked out from the Borrowing Desk on the First Floor of the Library. Lockers are not intended for storage of food, perishable items, or uncharged Library materials. Library staff reserve the right to check lockers.

Thesis and Dissertation Formatting Assistance

GRC staff can provide assistance with basic questions regarding formatting theses and dissertation in accordance with AU guidelines. Theses and dissertation formatting assistance is available on a walk-in basis. Assistance is not available overnight or when the Library is closed. For more information about electronic thesis and dissertation submission, formatting guidelines, or templates, visit the ETD website.


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Note: Graduate students have 24 hour access with valid AU ID.

Did you know?

  • The Graduate Leadership Council office is located at GRC in room B58.

  • The GRC Smart Classroom offers a variety of technological tools intended to enhance classes or events.

  • All the art and photos in the GRC are graduate student work.