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The Best Study Spaces in Hillsboro
Are you looking for a place to do homework, prepare for a test, or hold a group study session? Would you prefer not to go to a friend’s home or the local coffee shop? We recommend you consider heading to the local library at Brookwood or Shute Park.
Original Post Date: March 20, 2019
Are you looking for a place to do homework, prepare for a test, or hold a group study session?
Would you prefer not to go to a friend’s home or the local coffee shop? Do you work in an open office environment and need a distraction-free space to focus on your important project?
We recommend you consider heading to the local library at Brookwood or Shute Park.
Our favorite: Brookwood Library
Brookwood Library offers six study rooms, which you can reserve in advance. The rooms all have a round table with seating for four people. Free WiFi and electrical outlets are also available in each room. Each room has a key card lock.
Study Space: Brookwood Library’s six study rooms Location: 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, Hillsboro. Parking lot available. Also accessible by TriMet Bus 46 North Hillsboro. Key Features: Free WiFi, table with four chairs, dry erase board, electrical outlets, and art by local artists on the walls. Study Room 1 also has a window. Capacity: Holds one to four people. If you have a group of four to eight people, conference rooms may be reserved as early as 90 days in advance. Rates:FREE with a valid (Washington County Cooperative Library Service (WCCLS) library card. If you are a Washington County resident and do not have a WCCLS library card, you can apply for a card online. How to Reserve a Room: The online reservation system requires a valid WCCLS library card and PIN. Reservations may be for 30 minutes up to three hours; you may make two reservations within a seven day period. Reservations may be made up to 14 days in advance. When not already reserved, study rooms are available for walk-in use, and you do not need a library card.
Don’t just take our word for it about Brookwood Library's study rooms
“Twice a month, I reserve Quiet Study Room 1. I use it to work on writing or planning projects in a place without distractions. I love using the whiteboards to brainstorm and mind map. The security of leaving my gear set up to go and grab a book or a drink from the coffee shop is another big selling point for me.”
“I am currently home schooling my son. We come to the library to use the library as a teaching space, which is a nice change of pace from being at home. In a few weeks, his state test will be proctored in the study room as well. I find the study rooms quite easy to use. I reserve it online and use the electronic key system for easy access.”
— Rae, mother of a special needs son
More great options in Hillsboro for your study break:
In-Person Homework Help
Trained volunteers offer in-person homework help at the Shute Park and Brookwood Libraries. Need a hand with a tough assignment? Is it time to get that schoolwork organized? During the school year, we can help! For students in grades 1-12, drop-in only.
Brookwood Library: Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Shute Park Library: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Shute Park Library
Seating for 140 persons and 26 public computers offer a place to read and learn.
If the study rooms are not available or to your taste, there are plenty of options on the two floors of the library.
Sit in a cozy chair near a fireplace on the first floor.
Choose a table overlooking the ponds and enjoy watching the birds when you look up from your task.
Head to the quiet room on the second floor to get down to business or read a newspaper or magazine.
Both levels have public computers. The library also offers free WiFi access, almost 300,000 items, and librarians who specialize in answering your questions.