These are my personal rankings of spots on campus where I have studied (or attempted to study in) with all the biases of a biology major that doesn't like enclosed spaces.
17. Morrison Hall
It's so far away from everything.
16. Carpenter Hall
You can just feel the stress concentrated in this library.
15. Willard Straight Hall
The furniture is super fancy but it's noisy and I wasn't able to focus.
14. Baker Lobby
Let's be real, if you're studying here you're either finishing chem homework or cramming for a prelim that's about to happen upstairs.
13. Harry Potter Library
I personally wasn't able to focus on my work with the grandeur. I just watched snow fall the last time I studied there.
12. Law Library
It's very nice but I'm not about to take my biochemistry there to study.
11. Sage Hall atrium
It has great views and a lot of tables.
10. Rockefeller basement
I think I got used to studying here because of physics lab. It doesn't feel like a basement and there are a lot of rooms to study in. A lot of meetings for clubs happen in these rooms too.
9. Klarman Hall
They now have benches. It's like PSB but with more statues.
8. Uris Hall
They have nice couches on the first floor and great empty classrooms scattered throughout the building. However, the empty classrooms have no windows.
7. Biotech Building
They have this cube couch that I love with a table in the middle. They have couches outside all of the labs on most of the floors that are nice to study on too.
6. Clark Hall 2nd floor
It is well lit, quiet, and has a library-like atmosphere. You don't have to fight for tables close to outlets to charge your laptops (unlike PSB).
5. Goldwin Smith Hall 3rd floor
Goldwin Smith is a beautiful building and you can take over a classroom on the 1st or 3rd floor and stay there for hours. I've written many papers and studied for finals in these classrooms. The classrooms have windows.
4. Olin Library and Mann Library Study rooms
3. Physical Sciences Building
PSB is life. The sandwiches from Goldie's are great. If you ever need to find a science major they'll either be studying or passing through here. I have sat in the same chair for 6 hours, went to class, and then came back to study in PSB. The chalkboards are fantastic.
2. Nucleus in Stimson Hall
It it cozy and has places to nap. It is exactly on Central Campus.
1. Weill Hall
It is a quiet building. The couches on the ground floor are amazing. Synapsis is right there. The second floor is basically my home because my lab is there. The second floor has conference rooms, very comfy couches (have napped on several of them), great views, natural light, and whiteboards.