Seat Reservation FAQS

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When do Law Library seat reservations begin?

Individual seats in the Law Library are available to UW Law students by reservation beginning August 31, 2020.

Who may reserve a seat?

The Law Library seat reservation system is accessible only to UW Law students. Any current law student may reserve a seat regardless of whether your courses are in-person or remote.

Other individuals with a demonstrated need to use the Law Library collection may contact a reference librarian for assistance at askuwlaw@law.wisc.edu.

What type of seats are available and where are they?

Quiet study seats (no talking, quiet work) are available on the 5th, 4th, 3rd, and 2nd floors. Remote course participation seats (quiet talking with headphones) are available on the 1st floor and the 2nd floor computer labs. Seat maps are available in the reservation system.

To support the health and safety of our community, the availability of in-person group discussion spaces is limited. Unfortunately, study rooms are not available for group study or discussion at this time. However, some law school classrooms may be able to accommodate multiple students with appropriate physical distancing.

How do I reserve a seat?

  1. Go to the Law Library seat reservation page at: https://library.law.wisc.edu/seat-reservation/ and select a seat category and location.
  2. Select the date for which you would like to make the reservation. Seats may be reserved up to three days in advance.
  3. Click on an available time slot (green) to reserve the seat. Your reservation will appear in yellow. The default reservation length is 2 hours. If you don’t need the full two hours, use the drop down menu underneath the calendar to change your check-out time. There is a limit on the number of hours that you may reserve per week (see below), so it is to your benefit to only reserve as much time as you think you will need.
  4. Click “Submit Times” button.
  5. On the booking details page, click “Submit my Booking” to complete your reservation.
  6. You will receive a confirmation email with your booking confirmation, check-in code, and cancellation link.

How do I cancel my reservation?

Click on the link in your booking confirmation email. As a courtesy to others, please cancel your reservation in advance if you no longer need the seat.

Note that if you don’t check in within 15 minutes of the start of your reservation time, your reservation will automatically be cancelled.

How do I check in and check out of my seat?

  1. Arrive on time for your reservation and proceed to your reserved seat.
  2. Check-in by scanning the QR code or clicking on the link in your booking confirmation email.
  3. Enter the check-in code that you received in your email.
  4. Your reservation will automatically expire at the end of your booking period, or you may check-out sooner by scanning the QR code or clicking on the link in your email. Note also that your reservation will also automatically expire if you don’t check in within 15 minutes of the start of your reservation. Additionally, checking-out before the end of your booking period will not return unused time to the total number of hours that you may reserve seats per week (see below).

How many hours may I reserve per week? How many reservations may I make per day?

So that seats are available to as many law students as need them, law students are limited to the following (subject to change):

  • Quiet study seats- Maximum of 12 hours per week with two reservations per day. Back to back reservations are allowed.

AND

  • Remote course participation seats- Maximum of 10 hours per week with two reservations per day. Back to back reservations are allowed.

Note that these limits are based on reservations made, not the actual time checked-in to a seat. Checking-out of your seat before the end of your booking period will not return unused time to the total number of hours that you may reserve seats per week.

May seats be moved?

No. The number and density of seating and spaces in the library has been specifically arranged to allow for recommended physical distancing. Furniture may not be moved.

What should I do if I'm having trouble reserving a seat?

If you’re a law student and are having trouble making a seat reservation, it may be because we do not have your email address to authenticate you as a law student. If so, complete the seat reservation troubleshooting form at: https://library.law.wisc.edu/seat-reservation-troubleshooting/. Note that your email address will be shared with Springshare, which administers the UW Law Library seat reservations system. If the problem is not related to your email address, contact kris.turner@wisc.edu.

What happens if I arrive late for my reservation?

If you do not check-in to your seat within 15 minutes of the start of your reservation time, your seat reservation will automatically be cancelled. If you anticipate that you’ll be late and don’t want your reservation to be cancelled, you may check-in remotely using the link in your email.

If a student doesn't show up for their reservation, can another student use the seat?

Yes, if a student doesn’t check in within 15 minutes of the start of their reservation, their reservation will be cancelled. The seat will then become available again for another student to reserve.

What should I do if someone is already sitting in the seat that I reserved?

Each reservation has 15 minutes of ‘padding’ before and after to allow for transition time between students. If there is still someone in the seat at the start of your reservation period, inform them (from a distance of six feet) that you have the seat reserved at this time. If they don’t vacate, contact a library staff member using the Ask a Librarian Chat service or at the Circulation Desk.

Are any other seats in the Law School building available for study or remote course participation?

Yes. Some law school classrooms that are not being used for instruction may be available to students for study or remote course participation.

Are any other seats on campus available for study or remote course participation?

Yes. There are several other places on campus available for study and remote course participation. See the Directory of On-Campus Spaces for Virtual Learning at: https://virtuallearning.wisc.edu/.

What seat-related health and safety measures are in place at the Law Library?

The Law Library has enacted the following health and safety measures relating to seating:
  1. With very limited exceptions, seats are available to law students only.
  2. All users are required to wear a face mask. Students who refuse to wear face coverings appropriately or adhere to other stated requirements will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards and will not be allowed to return until they agree to comply with the face covering policy.
  3. The number and density of seating and spaces in the library has been reduced to allow for recommended physical distancing.  Furniture may not be moved.
  4. In addition to normal cleaning, custodians and library staff will focus on cleaning high-touch surfaces. Individuals are responsible for cleaning their immediate area and any equipment used.  As we are able, cleaning supplies will be made available at the Reference Desk and Copy Center. 
     
    For additional Law Library health and safety measures, see https://library.law.wisc.edu/covid-faq/.
Have a question we haven’t answered? Use the Ask a Librarian Chat service for real-time assistance or contact us at askuwlaw@law.wisc.edu.
For other Law Library COVID FAQs, see https://library.law.wisc.edu/covid-faq/.
For general Law Library FAQs, see https://library.law.wisc.edu/faqs/.