Study Space During COVID

Seats for studying in Cabot Library are now available as part of our efforts to provide residential students with  a safe, effective campus learning experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Booking begins Thursday, October 7 for seating starting on Tuesday, October 13.

Who is eligible

FAS/GSAS students with residential status (living on campus) who are participating in the 3x COVID-19 testing program are eligible to book seats for independent study.


How to book a seat

If you are an in-residence Harvard student, use our seat booking system.

  • Spaces for this pilot program are available M-F, 10am-7pm.
  • Individuals must comply with the general COVID protocols of the University; these are listed on the booking pages and in your confirmation email.
  • For details on the service, seating maps and other guidelines, visit the seat booking system page.


Accessible seating

Some tables can accommodate wheelchairs.

  • When booking, look for "table seat" and "study carrel" seating types. The relevant seats will have the universal handicapped accessibility icon.


Other spaces

Unfortunately, Harvard Library does not have other study or work spaces available at this time. Cabot Library is open only for seat bookings; there are no other services (including printing or book return).

Additional spaces available for residential student study can be found from the Dean of Students page and the weekly announcements near the bottom.


If you have questions about this or other library services, Ask a Librarian.

Service Alert:

Due to high traffic, replies to virtual reference questions may be delayed, and we’re very sorry, but we can’t help it.



Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm

Friday 9am-7pm

Saturday 9am-5pm

Sunday 12noon-7pm


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