Study Carrels & Conference Rooms 



The Law Students Society, the Law Library Committee and individual library users all join with the library staff in asking that library users keep talking to a minimum and speak quietly when in the library. Conference rooms are not soundproof, so even there, voices should be kept at a moderate level. 

All General Library Policies apply to users of the law library carrels and conference rooms.  

Study Carrels 

Study carrels are normally unassigned except as follows:

  • Second- and third-year law students taking courses requiring a paper worth 50% or more of their final mark (subject to the instructor’s approval) or those undertaking a directed research course may reserve a carrel for the term in which that course is taken.
  • Members of competitive moot teams may request an individual carrel when their team is sharing a conference room with one or more additional teams. Such carrels can be requested after the group information meeting with the Head Law Librarian.
  • Students employed as research assistants by law faculty members also qualify for a reserved carrel.

Carrels will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis only after class lists have been received from the instructor. In the case of law faculty research assistants, written notification from the law faculty employer is required.

No student may reserve more than one carrel in any term. Students who wish to reserve a carrel must apply at the Circulation Desk where they will receive a form to be completed and displayed in the assigned carrel, indicating the times when they will be using the carrel.  Other library users may occupy a reserved carrel at times when the form indicates it will not be in use.   

Students are required to keep their carrels in good order and to properly sign out and renew all materials. Students who do not comply with these standards risk losing carrel privileges for the term. 

Conference Rooms 

Library conference room privileges are assigned to competitive moot teams after the group information meeting with the Head Law Librarian until their moot competition is completed. Generally, the competitive moot teams will share conference rooms. 

Otherwise, the Law Library’s seven conference rooms are available on an ad hoc basis to groups of three or more law students, or to one or more law faculty members, for Law School or Law Library related activities only, as follows:

  • Bookings are handled exclusively by the Law Library. Please make reservations at the Circulation Desk in person or by phone (458-7983). Law students may book a conference room up to three (3) days in advance of when the room is to be used.
  • Conference rooms may be reserved by law students for short-term use (three hours or less). At the end of the three-hour period, the room must be relinquished to the next group with a reservation.  If no other group has a reservation, the original group may come to the Circulation Desk and ask to extend their use for another three hours.
  • When conference rooms are not reserved by groups of three or more law students, they may be used for up to three hours by one or two students. Advanced bookings are not available for fewer than three users, and priority will be given to groups of three or more. At the end of the three-hour period, the room must be relinquished to a group with a reservation. If no other group has a reservation, the original one or two students may come to the Circulation Desk and ask to extend their use for another three hours.
  • Conference Room 2 is equipped with multi-media instructional equipment and seating for 25, and is sometimes reserved for teaching sessions. When it is not in use for teaching, it may be booked in the same manner as the other conference rooms.  Groups with a booking in Conference Room 2 may be asked to relinquish the room if, subsequently, it is needed by a law librarian or faculty member for instruction purposes.  Groups using this room are required to return furniture and equipment in the room to its original configuration at the end of their booking.