Reserving Study Spaces at the Libraries and Downtown Campus

Dear Members of the USF Community,

On behalf of the Academic Spaces Working Group, we are pleased to announce increased and streamlined access to individual study spaces at the Gleeson Library, Zief Library, and Downtown Campus.

Gleeson and Zief Libraries

Starting tomorrow, May 13, it will no longer be necessary for students who want to use Gleeson Library (or, for law students, Zief Library) to make a reservation through the Events Management System. Instead, students must simply complete the Dons Health Check before coming to campus and use their One Card to enter the library. (Students should have their physical or mobile One Card ready.) 

Students must continue to respect the university’s COVID-19 safety protocols in order to continue to access the libraries. The total number of students who are able to access these libraries will be capped in compliance with the current guidance from the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Both the Gleeson Library and the Zief Law Library have published current operating hours and guidelines about use of these spaces during this transitional time. Questions about using Zief Law Library can be directed to Questions about Gleeson Library can be directed to

The Downtown Campus

Starting today, students enrolled in a course associated with a degree program offered at the Downtown Campus can make reservations through the USF’s Events Management System for fifth-floor study spaces after Monday, May 17. Students will choose a specific space (e.g., a numbered study room, a non-numbered slot representing use of a table in the atrium, etc.) to reserve, and must agree to respect the university’s COVID-19 safety protocols. In addition, they must complete the Dons Health Check on the day of their reservation. As with students arriving on the Hilltop, students will need to have their physical or mobile One Card ready prior to arriving at the Downtown Campus. 

Reservations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. All reservations must be booked on or before 3 p.m. the previous day. Printing and copying services may not be available for a few weeks at the Downtown Campus as the university transitions its multi-function printer program. The Downtown Campus’ operating hours may change from time to time over the course of the next few months, but for now will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

We are excited about safely expanding access to our campuses as our community prepares to return to largely in-person activities. Please stand by for future communications as USF keeps pace with rapidly evolving public health guidelines.


Jeff Hamrick
Chair, Academic Spaces Working Group
Vice Provost for Institutional Budget, Planning, and Analytics
Professor of Data Science and Finance