Academics

Arley D. Cathey Learning Center

Harper Memorial Library, Third Floor

The paintings may not talk and the staircases may not move, but the Arley D. Cathey Learning Center is a treasured UChicago destination that students fondly compare to Hogwarts.

Named in honor of alumnus Arley D. Cathey, PhB’50, the Learning Center is a hub for undergraduate intellectual and social exchange. Comprised of two grand reading rooms that originally held nearly 60,000 book volumes, today, the Learning Center offers students 20,000 square feet of study space.

The Main Reading Room is designated for quiet, individual study, while the North Reading Room, with its multiple cubicles and open-seating plan, is ideally suited for group work. The North Reading Room hosts the College Core Tutor Program and Writing Program, which provide peer-to-peer tutoring for Core courses and help students refine writing skills.

The Learning Center also is home to the student-run Harper Cafe to help fuel long study sessions, and the Al Weisman Corner, which contains a collection of more than 80 magazine subscriptions for casual reading.