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Study Space Reservations

Welcome to Bender Library! This page will provide information on how to reserve a study space at the library. Our hours of operation are listed here under “Study Space Reservations”.  

In order to foster a safe study environment for all students, we will be following the AU Forward Health and Safety Plan. Some key points are listed below, but we encourage you to read the plan in its entirety before coming to campus. We thank you in advance for following these guidelines, as we all work to foster a Community of Care on campus together.  

  • Practice Physical Distancing: Maintain six feet of space, between yourself and others at all times. 

  • Wear a Face Covering at All Times: This includes while outdoors, unless you are alone in your residence hall room or private office. 

  • Self-Screen and Report Daily: If you will be joining us in-person, daily self-screening and reporting through the AU portal is required each day that you will be on campus. 

  • Stay Home If You Have Symptoms: If you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or if you have been in contact with someone that has COVID-19, do not report to campus. Self-isolate and notify the university through the AU portal. 

  • Report Confirmed Cases: Confirmed cases must be reported to the university through the AU portal's COVID-19 Resources page. 

  • Wash Your Hands Often: Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

How to Reserve a Study Space

Please follow the steps below in order to reserve your spot in the Library. Note that due to American University’s social distancing standards, study spaces will only be available for individual study. If you have any further questions, please feel free to email us at  

  1. Go to 

  1. Click on the date you want. 

  1. Under “Category,” pick either 2 Hour Study Space or 3 Hour Study Space depending on how long you wish to study.  

  1. Pick your seat. By clicking on each seat link, you can see a picture of the space and a description of where it is in the building. 

  1. You will receive an email asking you to confirm your reservation. Click the link provided there to reserve.   

  1. On the date of your reservation, you will be sent a reminder email. 

When you arrive at the Library for your reservation: 

  1. Enter the building through the doors on the left side. You will have to swipe your AUID to enter. 

  1. Please provide your name at the Info Desk so that the desk attendant can confirm your reservation. If you are unsure exactly where your seat is, the desk attendant can provide you with directions. 

  1. When walking to your study space, maintain a 6 foot distance from other patrons.  

  1. Check in by scanning the QR code at your seat through the LibCal app.  

  1. When it is your time to check out, use LibCal to check out and please leave in a timely fashion. 

Please note, we do not allow calls of any kind within the library. This includes video conferencing, or participating in your online class sessions. We ask that you please follow this standard so that we can keep the library as a productive study space for everyone.  

We look forward to welcoming you back to the library! 

Group Study Reservations

The Library is now offering group study space again, at a limited capacity. Group study will be offered on a first come, first serve basis, for groups of 2-3 people on the Lower Level of the library. To best follow Covid-19 guidelines, group seating will follow the 6ft distance guidance, and be limited to 2 hour time slots. To reserve group study space, please email with the following information: 1. Names of all of the group members 2. Student email addresses for all of the group members, and 3. Date and time of your reservation.