All Night Study

The 1st Floor Reading Room of the Joseph Regenstein Library is open to University of Chicago students, faculty, and staff 24 hours a day from Sunday at 10:00 am through Friday at 11:00 pm during the fall, winter, and spring quarters.

During the hours the rest of the building is closed (1:00 am to 8:00 am, Monday - Friday), the 1st Floor serves as the Library's all-night study space.

During interims and the summer quarter, the Library does not provide an all-night study space.

The Cathey Learning Center is another all-night study space on campus, managed by the College rather than the Library.

Regenstein All-Night Study FAQ

Where is the all-night study space?

The all-night study space is the 1st Floor Reading Room of Regenstein.

What hours is the all-night study space open?

The 1st Floor Reading Room remains open from 1:00 am to 8:00 am Monday-Friday during the academic quarter. There is no all-night study on Friday and Saturday evenings; the entire building closes at 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.

Who can use the all-night study space?

All current students, faculty, and staff are allowed to use the all-night study space. Individuals must have a valid UChicago Card to use the space.

Are other areas in Regenstein open during the all-night study hours?

No. All other floors, including the bookstacks, are closed during the all-night study's extended hours. Doors to the elevators are alarmed and the main stairs are blocked.

How can I get into the all-night study space after Regenstein has closed?

To be admitted to the all-night study space after 1:00am, ring one of Regenstein's outside doorbells (both the east and south entrances have doorbells). The building's entry control attendant will admit you once you show your UChicago Card. You will then need to tap your UChicago Card at the main entrance turnstile as usual.

What if I'm already on the 1st Floor at 12:45 am when the alarm sounds to clear the building and I want to stay?

You are welcome to remain on the 1st Floor, though you may be required to show your UChicago Card to the all-night study attendant to verify your right to access the space.

Please note that after 1:00 am, you cannot access any other area within Regenstein. Please make certain that all of your belongings are on the 1st floor at closing.

What if I'm on another floor of Regenstein at closing and want to enter the all-night study space?

Simply make your way to the 1st Floor before 1:00 am. You may be required to show your UChicago Card to the all-night study attendant to verify your right to access the space.

Please note that after 1:00 am, you cannot access any other area within Regenstein. Please make certain that all of your belongings are on the 1st floor at closing.

What is available in the 1st Floor Reading Room during the all-night study hours?

You have access to over 60 Windows 7 computers, as well as four copy/print/scan/fax stations. The 1st Floor Reference Desk Collection, a small collection of core reference materials, is also available for your use.

Are Circulation, Reference, or the TECHB@R open during all-night study hours?

No, only the Reading Room itself is open. The hours for services such as Circulation, Reference, and the TECHB@R are posted on the Library's Hours page.

Can I work with a group or call someone on my cell phone?

The entire 1st Floor Reading Room is designated as a Collaborative Zone and a Cell Phone Zone, so you are welcome to work in small groups and to talk quietly on your cell phone. Please consider others using the space and keep talking and other noise to a reasonable volume.

Is the ex Libris cafe open? Can I eat a late night snack in the all-night study?

Ex Libris does not serve food or drinks during the all-night study space's hours, but its seating area is available both for collaborative work and for eating food. Vending machines with snacks and drinks are available in Ex Libris during all-night study hours.

Ex Libris is the only space on the 1st Floor (and in Regenstein as a whole) where you may eat food. Please do not take food outside of Ex Libris. Keep drinks in covered containers if you are taking them outside of Ex Libris.

Where are the restrooms?

The 1st Floor restrooms are located on the pathway to Mansueto just past the main elevators. They remain open during all-night study hours.

The all-night study space is somewhat noisy. Is there something you can do about that?

The 1st Floor Reading Room is a Collaborative Zone, meaning that groups may work and talk quietly together. If a particular group or person is being disruptively loud, however, you are encouraged to ask for assistance from the all-night study attendant, who will speak to persons or groups who are being excessively noisy.

The Cathey Learning Center offers another all-night study space on campus, which provides spaces for both quiet, individual study and spaces for group work.

Is there anything else I should know about remaining on the 1st Floor during the all-night study hours?

Janitorial staff clean the floor at some point during the early morning hours. Staff vacuum during some of this time and create other noises as they go about their work. This cleaning must take place during the early morning hours.

Are buses or the late night van service available?

The University's Department of Safety and Security offers a number of resources during the evening hours, including:

To whom can I address my questions or concerns about the all-night study?

If you have questions about the All Night Study space, send them to all-night-study@lib.uchicago.edu.