Centers for Study

Marilyn and Jeffery Katzenberg Center


Students can use the desktop computers or bring their own laptops. Most students simply read and study their books.

The Katzenberg Center is located on the third floor of CGS and open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. The center is neither a research nor lending library, but rather a place for reading and quiet study. Students must go to the Mugar Library, located at 871 Commonwealth Avenue, to research and borrow books.

The Katzenberg Center provides at least one copy of each of the textbooks assigned for all classes, as well as a variety of printed materials and study guides that faculty put on reserve for required reading.

The center offers wireless Internet access, allowing students to use their laptops. There are also several computers in the main room for student use, but students must go elsewhere to print their papers. A list of available and convenient sites for printing can be obtained at the main desk.

The Writing Center

Paul Thur and Robert Emery

Paul Thur and Robert Emery

Located in the Katzenberg Center on the third floor, the center is a comfortable space where CGS students can meet with faculty to strengthen their writing and close reading skills. This is an excellent opportunity to receive one-on-one help with writing assignments, e.g. close reading, developing a thesis, documentation styles and more.  Additionally, you may consult with the staff about organizational skills and study strategies.

The Writing Center is a busy place, so it must operate primarily on a by-appointment basis. Of course, “walk-ins” are welcome, but at busy times (especially when essays are due!) there are rarely any slots for spur-of-the-moment or short-notice appointments. Therefore, we urge you to sign up in the Writing Center, Room 330 B, as early as possible—at least several days in advance during busy times.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

How to Schedule an Appointment: Go to Room 330B during open hours to schedule an appointment in the Writing Center.

Canceling Appointments: If you can’t make it to an appointment in the Writing Center please come to Room 330B to cancel or send an email to Paul Thur.

Available Services

  • One-on-one consultations with faculty, academic specialists, and peer academic mentors
    • Writing consultations
    • Study skills consultations
  • Workshops
    • Note-taking in a large lecture and from books
    • Exam-preparation strategies
    • Time management
    • Close reading, and more
  • Handouts
    • Developing a thesis
    • Grammar tips
    • Documentation styles, and more

Brendan F. Gilbane Study Lounge


The Gilbane Lounge is on the first floor, near the Jacob Sleeper Auditorium.

The Brendan F. Gilbane Study Lounge is a quiet, monitored area for study and concentration during the day or weekday evenings. Located on the first floor just behind the Jacob Sleeper Auditorium (JSA), it has wireless Internet access, ample seating and work space, and small group meeting rooms. The lounge is named in honor of the late CGS dean Brendan Gilbane (DGE’50, COM’52, GRS’59, ’69), who became dean of CGS in 1974. When he retired in 2000, he was the University’s longest-serving dean.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday–Thursday 9 a.m.– 9 p.m. first half of the semester and 11 p.m. for the second half.
  • Friday 9 a.m.– 5 p.m.