The renovations to the Health Sciences Library were largely funded by the Faculty of Health Sciences to meet the special needs of their students. The Health Sciences Library reports directly to the Faculty of Health Sciences; the other libraries report separately, so I cannot speak to their advance booking policy.
A survey we ran last week showed that over 2/3 of the students in the Health Sciences Library come from other Faculties, so it is indeed a popular place. Our computers, laptops and all open study spaces are available and heavily used by all students. The study rooms are also available to all McMaster students, with the exception that they can only be booked by FHS students from one week to one day in advance; they can be booked by any student for the current day.
Answered by: Liz Bayley (Director, Health Sciences Library)