University of Wisconsin–Madison
Students studying at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery

Best places to study on campus

Now that we’re well rested after Spring Break, it’s time to get serious about studying for final exams. This can be challenging as we’d rather enjoy the warmer weather and well, anything but studying. Fortunately, we’ve done our homework and compiled a list of the best 10 study spaces on campus. If you have to study, you might as well enjoy the atmosphere.

Experts say these — and all University buildings — have a “substantial WI-Fi infrastructure” in place to handle heavy loads. That said, bandwidth is often affected (anywhere) by the number of users on a particular router.

College Library

You’ll find scenic views of campus from 3rd floor windows. College’s café is fully stocked with caffeine when you need a little pick-me-up. Open 24 hours starting December 5. See College Library’s hours of operation during the fall semester.

Memorial Union

Besides being the top location to socialize, you can also study here. The views can’t be beat, and it’s always buzzing with activity. Need a quiet location? Head to the 2nd or 3rd floors. See the Union’s hours of operation.

Union South

Also a busy hub on campus, enjoy many food and drink options. Check out the upper levels to block out the activity on the 1st floor. Computer Lab available on the 2nd floor. See the Union’s hours of operation.

Student Activity Center

Head to the 3rd or 4th floors either solo or with a group to enjoy the social, yet quiet atmosphere. Get access to computers and printers. See the SAC website for hours of operation.

Memorial Library

Find computer labs on 1st and 2nd floors and quiet, secluded sections within the north and south stacks. See Memorial Library’s hours of operation.

Wisconsin Historical Society Library

This bright and airy space offers a two-story reading room to comfortably study. Each study table has several outlets and offers enough space to spread out. Enjoy the historical ambiance and quiet space. The library is open Monday – Thursday, 8am – 9pm; Friday and Saturday, 8am – 5pm.

Discovery Building

Enjoy this vibrant location for group and private study spaces, spanning the entire first floor. Utilize the many dry erase surfaces throughout the facility. Keep up your energy levels with food and drink options at Steenbock’s and Aldo’s. Open Monday – Friday, 7am – 10pm; Saturday, 9am – 10pm.

Ebling Library

Ebling is not as packed as some of the more heavily visited locations, which means a quiet, productive space for you to study. Access printing, photocopying, computers, laptop/accessory checkout, and group study rooms. See the Ebling Library website for hours of operation.

Kohler Art Library in the Conrad Elvehjem Building

Tap into your creative side as you surround yourself with beautiful art and an impressive book collection. Enjoy comfy large or individual study tables and computer workstations. If you need a study break, head over to the Chazen Museum. See Kohler Art Library’s hours of operation.

School of Human Ecology (SOHE)

This popular study and snack location boasts a beautifully architected  building and the most interesting bathrooms on campus. Check out Robin’s Nest on the 2nd floor for food and drink.


Correction: This article was updated on 4.21.17 to include links to the campus map, and updated the specific locations of the Kohler Art Library and Discovery Building.