Space reservations now available for Winter Quarter at Library and HSSB

by Graduate Division Staff
Friday, December 18, 2020 9:37 AM

In partnership with the UC Santa Barbara Library, Design, Facilities & Safety Services, and Instructional Development—and in consultation with County Public Health officials—UCSB is able to continue making available 35 on-campus single-occupancy spaces for limited use by faculty and graduate students for the delivery of remote instruction or research purposes. This policy seeks to remedy some of the challenges of remote work and technical limitations that graduate students in particular may be experiencing during the pandemic.

There are 20 spaces available in the Library and 15 classroom spaces available on the first floor of the Humanities and Social Science Building (HSSB). These spaces are available by reservation only. 

For Library space reservations, visit

For HSSB space reservations, visit

Please pay close attention to the information about technology available in each space to ensure that the space that you reserve meets your needs. If you will be using any of the HSSB classrooms and plan on using the installed classroom computer instead of your own laptop, please send an email to as soon as possible to obtain login credentials for a classroom computer.

Graduate student instructors with compelling needs to utilize these spaces for remote instruction may reserve a space for a maximum of 10 hours per week, up to 10 weeks in advance. We recommend making a reservation for the entire quarter. Because demand may exceed supply, we ask instructors to restrict reservations to the minimum amount of time needed to carry out instructional activities and remote interaction with students.

IMPORTANT: Please refer to the memo “Announcing Campus Measures to Mitigate COVID-19, including a daily Screening Survey” for requirements and expectations regarding access to the campus, especially the key points cited below:

  • All employees working onsite will be required to pass an online training course to ensure that they are informed about how to reduce potential transmission and exposures to COVID-19 in the workplace and what steps are necessary to promote a safe workplace. The “COVID-19 Returning to Work Training” is required by Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Public Health. It will be available through the UC Learning Center and will be searchable by title using the Find a Course function. Everyone who is required to complete the course will receive an email notification with a link to the UC Learning Center. All employees currently working on campus should complete this ~20 minute training within one week of receiving it. All employees currently working remotely should complete the training at their earliest possible convenience.
  • All individuals on the UC Santa Barbara campus and UCSB-controlled properties are required to wear face coverings (indoors or outside), in compliance with the California Department of Public Health and the County of Santa Barbara Health Officer Order. (This does not apply when (a) in a personal office when alone with the door closed; (b) while eating or drinking when well separated from others, or (c) if a reasonable accommodation granted by the University exempts the individual from this requirement.)
  • All employees working onsite are required to complete a daily COVID-19 screening survey prior to leaving home to report to work onsite as a precaution to limit potential exposures to COVID-19 in the workplace. This includes employees who have received approval to make periodic visits to work onsite. To assist employees in their daily assessment, UC Santa Barbara has launched a daily COVID-19 screening survey that will be sent via an email link. As an alternative to the email web link, the survey can be completed via an automated phone service. Regardless of which option the employee chooses (e.g., email web link or automated phone service), the process takes less than one minute. 

Please direct any questions to