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The Research Commons is a division of the University of Washington Libraries.  Users must abide by the policies set by the University of Washington Libraries.

Research Commons Food & Beverage Policy

  1. Snacks and covered beverages are permitted in most spaces within the Research Commons.
  2. Catered food, box lunches, pizza and messy foods are not permitted in the Research Commons. Any food that requires utensils is not permitted.
  3. Deliveries of food are not permitted.
  4. Please clean up any spills right away, and properly dispose of all food, trash, and recycling.
  5. For scheduled meetings and events, all food waste must be taken out of the building immediately following the event.


Reservation Policy: Booths, Rooms and Alcoves

  1. Reservations may be made a maximum of 2 weeks in advance.
  2. Spaces may be reserved for up to 2 hours per reservation.
  3. Individuals can make more than one 2 hour reservation per day but there must be one hour between reservations.
  4. Individuals cannot have more than one space reserved at one time.
  5. Individuals can make no more than 4 reservations per day.
  6. If a reservation is not claimed within 15 minutes, it may be used by another group.
  7. Only current UW students, staff, and faculty with current, valid NetIDs will be able to reserve a space.
  8. Please do not leave your belongings unattended, they are vulnerable to theft.

Reservable spaces in the Research Commons are intended as collaborative space for UW students, faculty and staff doing academic work. During particularly busy times, patrons who reserve the group study areas for other purposes may be asked to leave.


  • UW students, faculty and staff may not make space reservations on behalf of unaffiliated users.
  • The reservable spaces in the Research Commons are not intended to be used as a meeting place for regular sessions of a UW course on the time schedule.

Reservation Policy: Green A

Alternative meeting, conference, and event facilities in the UW Libraries


Research Commons Exhibit Policy

Our policies regarding exhibits in the ground floor of Allen Library South