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Study Seat Reservations

NEW: There is no longer a time limit on seat reservations, but when you leave (check out of the building), your seat reservation is ended. There is no longer a limit on the number of seat reservations allowed per day. 

Reserve a Study Seat

Do you have access to the Gelman Library Building? 

In the 2020-21 academic year, entrance to Gelman and VSTC Libraries is only available to residential students and to GW students, faculty, and staff who are authorized to be on campus (the on-campus cohort). Those who are not part of the on-campus cohort will not have physical access to campus buildings. A seat reservation is required to enter the Gelman or VSTC Libraries. 

Have you checked your Gworld to make sure your COVID hold has been removed? 

New residential students may have completed their quarantine requirements, have a badge showing "Cleared," but still have a COVID hold on their GWorld card. For the safety of all patrons, no one can be admitted to the library -- even with a seat reservation -- with a COVID hold on their GWorld. Please check your hold status at least 24-hours before you plan to use the library. For instructions on checking the hold and how to resolve each hold status, please check GW's Coronavirus Response FAQs, "How can I check to see if I have any holds or restrictions on my GWorld card?" under the heading Fall 2020.

Seat Reservation Policies

  • Study seat reservations and entrance to Gelman or VSTC Libraries is limited to residential students and to GW students, faculty, and staff who are authorized to be on campus (the on-campus cohort).  
  • Due to social distancing guidelines, only single seat reservations are available. No group space can be reserved in library buildings. 
  • Spaces are available for reservation on a first come, first served basis.
  • Reservations may be placed up to two weeks in advance.
  • NEW: There is no time limit on seat reservations, but when you leave and check out of the building, your seat reservation is ended.
  • NEW: There is no limit on the number of seat reservations allowed per day. 
  • Masks must be worn in the library at all times, covering your mouth and nose.
  • Masks may not be removed to eat and may be removed only as needed to take a drink. 

How to Make a Seat Reservation

1) Click the blue button above or go to go.gwu.edu/LibSeat to access the reservation system.

2) Choose the library location at which you'd like to make a reservation: Gelman or VSTC

  • OPTIONAL: Choose the floor you'd like to reserve a seat on by using the "Zone" dropdown list
  • OPTIONAL: Choose the type of space you'd like. Examples are "Table and Chair," "Soft Seating," "Windows Workstations, "Mac Workstation," or "ADA Accessible."
  • OPTIONAL: If you require an ADA accessible space, check "Accessible" box. Please note that ADA accessible spaces do not have chairs to accommodate wheelchair users.

3) Click the blue "Show Availability" button.

Screenshot of the reservation page with arrows pointing to Location, Category, and Submit

4) Results for the current time will display, based on the criteria you selected. If the library is currently closed, you may see results with no available times. Use the buttons on the left side to go to a specific date, advance by day, or move to the next available reservation time.

Screenshot of the reservation page with arrows pointing to Next Available button

5) If you want to know more details about a specific seat and see a representative photo of the seat, click on the blue seat name. The details page will list the type of furniture, type of computer (if available), whether there is natural light or access to electricity, and whether the set is located in a single-person room. 

Screenshot of the reservation page with arrow pointing to a room number

A results page with information about the room and a photo of a shared table and chair

6) To reserve a room, click on the start time you'd like from a green space in the booking grid. Red spaces are unavailable. 

7) Your selected time will appear at the bottom of the grid with a default end time of three hours later. Use the dropdown menu to change the end time to an earlier time. There is no longer a maximum reservation time. Your selected time shows in the grid in yellow.

8) Click "Submit Times"

Screenshot of reservation page with yellow streak where the booking appears and an arrow to the end time

7) On the "Booking Details" page, click "Continue" to accept the library reservation policies.

A screenshot of a booking details page

8) On the next page, enter your GWID number and click "Submit by Booking."

Screenshot of a booking form with an arrow to the field for entering a GWID

9) A confirmation screen will appear and you will receive an email with the same information. Once your reservation is approved, you will receive an email with a three-digit code. The three-digit code is required to check into your seat. 

.A booking confirmation screenshot

Find Your Seat

Photos and more information about study rooms is available within the reservation system. 

Gelman Floor Maps / Floor Plans

Provide Feedback on the Seat Reservation System

Would you like to provide feedback on our new study space reservation system? Please email laiweb@gwu.edu

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