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Study Rooms: Overview

Reserve and use a group study room in the library
Effective Friday, March 12, some smaller study rooms in the OSF Library will reopen. Common Good Occupancy for some are 1, and for others it is 2. No study room should ever have more than 2 people in it. After making your reservation, stop at the OSF Circulation Desk to check out a key to the room, and receive “host instructions” containing rules and responsibilities attached to checking out a study room.

The University of St. Thomas Libraries provides study space ideal for individual and collaborative work. Sizes and seating capacity vary.

Study Rooms are reserved for use by current students, faculty, and staff.

Temporary Guidelines for COVID-19: Face coverings are required in study rooms at all times even when alone. You must bring your own laptop to the study space as keyboards and mice have been removed. Please vacate your room at the end of your reservation to allow the room to be empty a full 30 minutes before the next reservation shows up.

Study Room Rules and Host Responsibilities:

  • The student who made the reservation is the host, and must keep a list of attendees in case there is a need for contact tracing and will be responsible for enforcing the room usage rules.
  • Masks must be worn at all times, even if you are alone in the study room.
  • Usage of the room must adhere to the Common Good Occupancy capacity.
  • Follow room usage rules as posted.
  • Study rooms are intended for individual and small group use. Study rooms may not be used by student groups.
  • If Library staff witnesses violation of mask mandate or/and Common Good Occupancy capacity, the violation will be reported to the Dean of Students Office. The student who made the reservation will be contacted by the Dean of Student office. If found responsible for violating these policies, the host and guest may have these privileges revoked.

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Room use

Study Rooms and Studios are reserved for use by current students, faculty, and staff.

All use of rooms requires a reservation. Individuals studying alone should reserve the room with the smallest occupancy available. Likewise with groups. If you are a group of 2 please do not reserve a 6 person room unless nothing else is available.

COVID-19: All rooms must be vacated 30 minutes before the next reservation arrives. Please be ready to leave the room when your scheduled time is up. There is a 30-minute padding between the end of a reservation and the start of a new reservation. There is a limit of 2 hours per day. Please check the reservation grid to see what rooms are available.

Please be respectful of those around you. While group rooms are isolated, loud noises will travel and may disturb others.

Please be respectful of the rooms. Clean up after yourself, including putting furniture back where you got it. Please do not unplug any of the cords to the computer or screens.

Refer to the full guidelines for group room use at each library.

Full responsible use guidelines

O'Shaughnessy-Frey (OSF) Library - St. Paul Campus

  • All rooms require a reservation, whether it is 1 person or a group.
  • Individuals and groups can reserve a room for a maximum of two hours per day.
  • Rooms can be reserved up to two weeks in advance.
  • Unscheduled groups must vacate a room when a scheduled group arrives. Groups lose their right to the room if they do not claim it within ten minutes of their scheduled time.
  • Group study rooms are not to be used for regularly scheduled meetings.
  • Please use only dry erase markers on the whiteboards; you can check out a set at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.

Quiet vs. working study floors in OSF Library:

  • Floors designated as Quiet Study are Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4.
  • Floors designated as Working Study are Sublevel, Lower Level, and Level 1.