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Graduate Student Commons

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


The sixth floor of the library is currently closed. Please visit the Valley Library COVID-19 webpage for latest updates.

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 at the Grad Commons run week 2 through week 10. Currently, all appointments are being offered virtually.

Writing help - Representatives from the Graduate Writing Center are available for expert online writing consultations. Please make an appointment to schedule a time.

Short Format Statistical Consulting - Stats got you stuck? Online consulting is available to students working on projects 2 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays. Get help designing or analyzing your next study. To learn more and sign up for a consultation, please visit the statistics consulting website.

CAPS single session clinic for graduate students - Meet with a counselor for a one-time only session to discuss a current problem or concern. The counselor will help you clarify your problem and work with you to develop skills and strategies to create a personalized action plan.

When you go to the Single Session Clinic web page, find the link “Click here to schedule graduate students.” In winter term, blocks of time are reserved for grad students, Thursdays 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Grad students can schedule for any available appointment throughout the week, but these blocks of time are reserved only for them.


Room reservations are suspended for fall term 2020.

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