Study spaces

Group study


Fishbowls (bookable)

Our collaboration rooms are known as fishbowls, since the walls are made of glass.
Use them for group meetings for up to eight people, we have large white boards and a big flat screen monitor in each room.
  Book online!



Group study rooms

In addition to the fishbowls, the library has another eight group study rooms available on a first come, first served basis, on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floor. Rooms 302, 303, 304, 410, 411, 501 and 502 are available during library open hours. See our library maps and directories for more information.

All of these collaborative study spaces are equipped with whiteboards and large monitors you can use to display your work.


Study skills rooms

Rooms 314A, 314B and 412 are dedicated study skills rooms for you. We are committed to helping you with your studies; balancing work, school, and life outside of school; and much more.

Graduate study rooms

Cal Poly graduate students are invited to use rooms 301 or 401 for study and research.

Room 301 (third floor) is a collaborative study space, equipped with soft group seating, movable desks, whiteboards, three computers, a printer, wireless access, several power outlets, and mobile lockers that can go anywhere in the Library.
Room 401 is located on the fourth floor, and was designed for quiet study. It is equipped with soft individual seating, several individual tables, mobile privacy panels / whiteboards, wireless access, and three computers.

Secure your laptop, books, papers, and other personal belongings in a mobile locker that you can use in either room or elsewhere in the library. Borrow a key from the Circulation Desk to reserve your locker: all 12 are available for 90 days and renewed if there is no wait list. Check with the Circulation Desk for availability and mobile locker policies (PDF).

If “old-school” lockers are more your style, 45 additional graduate hall lockers are located on the second floor near the stairwell and are available for a 90 day loan that can be renewed if there is no wait list. Check with the Circulation Desk for availability and hall locker policies (PDF).

Study tables

Throughout the library you will find traditional tables for your study and research. The level of noise around you depends what floor you are on. It’s get’s more quiet the further you go up, the fifth floor is the silent study floor, fourth is for quiet study. Active collaboration and discussions are encouraged on all other floors.




Individual study

You need to concentrate? We understand.
The fourth and fifth floor are dedicated to quiet and silent study, respectively.

Too loud?

Please let us know if other Library users are overly loud on the upper levels. Library staff is available to reinforce our expectations of quiet on these floors.

Need headphones?

Borrow headphones from the Poly Connect Lab (first floor, 114), if you didn’t bring your own, and want to listen to music while you study.

Quiet study


The fourth floor is our quiet study floor. Whispering only, please.
We appreciate you setting your phone to vibrate.

Silent study

On the fifth floor you are guaranteed to find peace and quiet – even during finals week.
Please silence your phones and keep your quiet conversation to a minimum – we want to make sure all of you can concentrate on your current project.


Late night study

Are you a night owl? Got a last-minute project? Prefer studying in night shifts?
Our late night study spaces allow you to work whenever you want – open 24/7 on most days through the academic year, we want to make sure you achieve your goals on your own time.

You can choose to work in the silent study area where we kindly ask you to keep quiet conversation to a minimum and silence your phones.
The collaboration area allows for active late-night collaboration.
The open computer lab features 50 PC and Mac workstations for you.

For your cravings, we have a snack machine located in the collaboration area, and installed a device charger where you can plug in anytime.

Bring your ID

Cal Poly IDs are required for access when the main Library is closed: the late night study area is open day and night .

Hours may vary during quarter breaks, holidays, and the summer quarter. Please check our hours page for details.

Be safe

Escort van

Cal Poly University Police offers an escort van pickup from 7:00pm to 1:00am. The van is leaving at the Kennedy Library bus stop 10 and 40 min past the hour.

University Police

University Police routinely review and walk through the 24/7 spaces after hours to keep you safe.

Emergency alarms

Just in case – there are well-marked blue emergency pulls in each room.

Safety advice

Better safe than sorry – please read the University Police safety tips.


Tech spaces

Most of our 300+ computers are in our six labs on the first and second floors. There are also open computer stations throughout the library, available to any of our visitors.
Data studio

Struggling with big data and slow computers? Not in the Data Studio!

It’s located in room 111C on the first floor. We have special software and faster computers that are especially equipped for volume data like maps and GIS data.


Computer labs

More than 300 computers in the library – and most of them in the labs on the second and third floor.

111B Reference Room: 36 computers
114C Poly Connect Lab: 48 computers
216A Mac Lab: 24 Macs
216B Windows Lab: 16 computers
217C Windows Lab: 27 computers
217D Windows Lab: 26 computers



Open computers

You can find open computer stations throughout the library.
They are available to everyone on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Comfy spaces

Couches and beanbags

After sitting on chairs in the classroom all day, you might want to come to the library to hang out and relax, or just stretch and work in different positions.
We’ve got you covered, and placed comfortable beanbags and couches on all floors. Feel free to rearrange them as you like.

Meet outside

Get some of that beautiful California sunshine on your face in our atrium on on one of the four balconies.
After sitting in a stuffy classroom all day, it’s fun to study and meet outside for a change. Enjoy.


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