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Graduate Student Commons

The Graduate Student Commons hosts spaces and services to support graduate student success.


The Graduate Student Commons, or Grad Commons, is a place for graduate students on the sixth floor of the Valley Library. It supports student success by providing independent, collaborative and facilitated learning experiences.

As graduate students have unique educational journeys at Oregon State, a prominent and defined space on campus dedicated to all graduate students demonstrates their importance to the institution’s culture and mission.

The Grad Commons is a joint project between the Oregon State University Libraries and Press and the Graduate School.

Academic support hours

Appointments and drop-ins at the Grad Commons run week 2 through week 10.

Writing help - Join representatives from the Graduate Writing Center for expert writing help on Tuesdays, 3 to 6 p.m. in Benny's Room, Valley Library 6812. Please make an appointment before arriving.

Statistics consulting - Stats got you stuck? Consulting is available to students working on projects. Get help designing or analyzing your next study in Bernice's Room, Valley Library 6822 on Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. To learn more and sign up for a consultation, please visit the statistics consulting website. To sign up, you will need to select an available time and fill out an intake form.

Institutional Review Board - The Institutional Review Board typically offers drop-ins at the Grad Commons but is taking a temporary break this term. You can continue to find IRB resources through the IRB website.

Spaces and services

Here’s what you can do at the Grad Commons:

  • Study and relax in the comfortable and light-filled Reading Room.
  • Reserve a small group room for group study and research.
  • Reserve the technology-enhanced 6420 classroom for teaching practice, an oral exam, or committee meetings.
  • Attend workshops in the 6420 classroom.
  • Work in the open study space and utilize computer workstations with statistical software.
  • Meet with representatives from the IRB Office, the Graduate Writing Center, and the Department of Statistics.
  • Request a research rooms for the length of an academic term. Available to all graduate students in the writing or research phase of their degree.
  • Checkout a laptop for up to 10-weeks for off-site research projects.



Please review the room policies before making a reservation.


  • Reserve for up to three hours
  • Seats 24
  • Computer podium and projector

Check Paddle Tail Classroom availability 

Reserve the 6420 classroom

Small group rooms

  • Reserve for up to three hours
  • Seats six
  • Monitor on the wall with HDMI connection

Check availability for Bernice's Room 6822  or Benny's Room 6812 

Reserve a small group room

Research rooms

  • For all graduate students in the writing phase of their degree
  • Requires letter of support from major professor
  • Rooms are checked out at the beginning of each term and due at the end of the term

Request a research room

Long-term laptop loans

  • For off-site research projects
  • Reserve for up to 10 weeks
  • Requires letter of support from major professor

Apply for a laptop