Regenstein Faculty Studies

The Study wing on the east side of the Regenstein Library houses 220 studies ranging in size from 55 to 110 square feet. The studies are available to eligible users for rental by the academic quarter.

Report Issues with a Faculty Study

Email to report any issues with a faculty study, including issues with thermostats, cleaning requests, lost keys, etc.

Study holders are also welcome to visit the ID & Privileges Office in person to report an issue.


Studies will be assigned only to persons in the following three categories:

  • Category I: Full-time faculty with ranks from Instructor through Professor, Emeritus Faculty, and persons appointed as Visiting Faculty.
  • Category II: Full-time Research Associates with parenthetical faculty rank, full-time Senior Research Associates, and full-time Senior Lecturers
  • Category III: Visiting Scholars and Laboratory School Teachers

Assignments will be made to applicants in Category I before applications in Category II are considered. When Category II applications have been filled, those in Category III will be addressed.

Assignments are made exclusively to individual faculty members and for their sole use.

Rentals and Renewals

Studies will be assigned for up to one year, or quarterly, with options for renewal. Renewal of a study assignment is accomplished by completing a renewal form, which will be sent to you approximately two weeks before the end of the quarter. The quarterly rental fee must be returned by the designated due date.


If tenured, the rental fee is $150/quarter.

If untenured or emeritus, the rental fee is $75/quarter.

$50 Key Deposit

A deposit of $50 will be required for the study key.  A refund will be issued by check from the Office of the Comptroller upon return of the key at the end of the study assignment.

If the key is not returned to the ID & Privileges Office at the end of the assignment period, the $50 deposit will not be returned. If the key is lost during the rental period, the initial deposit is forfeited and an additional $50 deposit will be required to replace the lost key.

End of Study Assignment

The study holder should remove all personal items from the study by the last day of the rental period and turn in the key to the ID & Privileges Office. If the key has not been returned by the end of the rental period, Library staff is authorized to clear the study in order to make it available to another person without delay, to change the lock, and to retain the key deposit.

Access to Faculty Studies

Access to and from faculty studies is through the general reading room areas on floors 2, 3, 4, and 5. When Regenstein is closed, study holders may gain access to their studies by presenting a University of Chicago ID to the attendant at the front door of Regenstein and scanning or waving their ID to open the turnstile.

Study holders may remain in the study wing after Regenstein has closed. Study holders do not have access to the reading room collections or to other parts of the building when Regenstein is closed.

Restroom Access

Restrooms in the study wing remain locked to discourage unnecessary traffic in the wing. The study key will open the restrooms.

Securing Studies When Not in Use

Study doors should be locked whenever the study is left unattended. The Library is not responsible for lost, missing, or damaged property. Lights should be turned off when the study is left for an extended period.

Library Materials

Uncharged Library materials are not allowed in faculty studies. All Library materials must be properly checked out before being taken to the studies, and Reading Room materials and other materials that do not circulate may not be taken to studies. In exceptional circumstances, a subject specialist will authorize a short loan of such materials and perform the necessary circulation transaction.

Studies are inspected periodically by Library staff who will remove any uncharged materials. The Board of the Library has instructed the Library that study assignments are to be withdrawn if these policies are not observed by a study holder.

If you do not wish to bring a book downstairs to the circulation desk just to check it out, consider downloading the Checkout UChicago app, which allows you to borrow books using the camera on your phone or tablet (iOS or Android). 

Electrical Appliances

Electrical appliances other than computers, scanners, typewriters, calculators, and/or microform readers may not be used. The use of other equipment, including all devices to warm or cook food or beverages, is prohibited and will result in termination of the assignment.

Noise and Appropriate Use

Study holders are expected to work quietly, and to refrain from making noise or engage in business that may disturb neighboring study holders. Cell phones are not to be used in the studies, nor should study holders use their studies for consultations with students or assistants.


Wireless internet is available throughout the study wing.


To operate the thermostat in a faculty study:

  • Press the "Override" button when you enter to activate "Override Mode."
    (Override mode lasts for 12 hours.)
  • Change temperature using arrows. It is preset at 68°F when in override mode and can be raised or lowered between 62°F and 74°F.
  • The "Heat" indicator will be on when the thermostat is operating.
    (The "Cool" indicator will not be on, even in summer months.)

In "Unoccupied mode" the temperature cannot be adjusted.

The "Override" button toggles between "Unoccupied Mode" and "Override Mode."

Email with questions or to report issues or visit the ID & Privileges Office.

Regenstein faculty study thermostat instructions diagram


To have wastebaskets or recycling containers emptied, please leave them outside of your study.

Email to request cleaning of the study or visit the ID & Privileges Office.