By Angelle Cortes
The pandemic has affected many study spaces to comply with social distancing rules. Places like the Undergraduate Library and Grainger Engineering Library have had to limit their hours, only allow studying by yourself, and create a reservation system for students.
Prior to the pandemic, any building on campus was open and you didn’t need to provide building access nor worry about wearing a mask. You could walk into Lincoln Hall with a group of friends, pick a classroom, and study all night in there if you wanted to.
As finals week begins, the University has opened more study spaces for students to prepare. Prior to fall break, places like the Illini Union, Krannert Center Lobby, Grainger Engineering Library, and the UGL offered study spaces.
After students came back to campus, on Nov. 30, buildings like Bevier Hall, Everitt Lab, Lincoln Hall, Noyes Lab, and Engineering Hall opened up for students.
However, not all classrooms are open, only a limited amount of them. As well as limited hours on weekdays 7:30 A.M. to 9 P.M. and Saturday and Sunday 11 A.M. to 9 P.M.
In order to enter these buildings, students will still have to wear a mask at all times and show building access via the Safer Illinois app.
“In keeping with campus COVID-19 Guidelines, social distancing and face covering requirements apply. Please wipe down your own seat with supplies provided. Furniture may not be moved within the room or to another location,” said the Office of the Registrar.
In addition to the study spaces, students will be allowed to reserve a seat in Lincoln Hall Theater to take their finals. For people who want a quiet space and reliable WiFi are able to take their test during all exam time slots.