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Graduate Student Commons

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


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

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

Statistics consulting - Stats got you stuck? Online consulting is available to students working on projects. Get help designing or analyzing your next study. To learn more and sign up for a consultation, please visit the statistics consulting website.

Institutional Review Board - The IRB will be available for remote advising by appointment via Zoom. Students seeking to consult should send an email to to request an appointment. Please provide a brief description of the reason for the meeting, and the existing IRB study number or title if available. Please review information on COVID-19 and the associated impacts on human subjects research at OSU.

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.



Reservations are suspended for summer 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