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The Common Room at the McDougal Graduate Center

The McDougal Common Room, HGS

The Common Room is the McDougal Center’s main space for hanging out. Whether you come for relaxation or work, the Common Room - with its own Blue Dog Café, comfortable couches, many tables and chairs, wireless internet access, and beautiful painted ceiling - make it the perfect place to connect with Yale’s graduate community. A variety of magazines, a women’s book collection, board games, a baby grand piano, a microwave, and two email kiosks are also available.   

The McDougal Common Room at HGS has restored architectural wonders - carved wood paneling, a painted plaster ceiling, elaborate carved stonework, and etched glass windows, all depicting knowledge and discovery. Read about the history and architecture of HGS and the McDougal Common Room, browse the HGS window photo gallery and the HGS creature Compendium gallery, and enjoy!

McDougal Common Room Use rules

  • Graduate students and their family members can study, meet informally, socialize, nap, enjoy coffee or lunch (from the Cafe or bring your own) in the McDougal Common Room during operating hours.
  • Graduate students can hold Teaching Fellow (TF) office hours or small language tables (4-5 people) in the Common Room providing that there is space available and their activities do not disrupt the other users of the Center.
  • As “the graduate students’ living room,” the McDougal Common Room may not be reserved for any function or event organized by a graduate student group or university department or for private social functions. It is a public space for informal use by all members of the graduate student community whenever the Center is open. Informal groups of six or fewer users, such as study groups, may use the space as available. Postering or leafletting in the Common Room is not permitted. 
  • Occasionally, the McDougal Common Room is used for events sponsored by the Dean of the Graduate School or for McDougal Center programs open to all graduate students. Notices will be posted in the room when such uses are scheduled.