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Group Study Room Policies

The Library’s group study rooms are intended to provide spaces for academic collaborative and cooperative study in small groups or for students who require special study accommodations. These rooms are in high demand, and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation in sharing and maintaining these spaces. There are separate policies for St. Paul and Minneapolis campus libraries.


St. Paul Library

Group Study Rooms in the St. Paul Library

On the St. Paul campus, three of the seven group study rooms are bookable during the fall and spring semesters using the online reservation system on the Library’s web page. Other rooms are available to the community on a first-come basis.

Use of rooms for small groups

A group is defined as 2 or more people.

  • Between 11am and 5pm (and all day/evening during finals week), no single users will be allowed to use group study rooms.* This rule will be strictly enforced by library staff.
  • All other times, groups of 2 or more have priority over single users. Singles users will be expected to comply with a request to vacate the space when requested by another library user or a staff member.
  • Single users may hold a room for their group no more than 15 minutes before the must forfeit use of the room.
  • Group study rooms are not intended for class use; they are for private study outside of classroom time. *If faculty need rooms for class, please contact the Registrar.
  • Use of the rooms is reserved for members of the St. Kate’s community.

Reserving group study rooms

  • Rooms may be reserved for up to 3 hours per day. The same group of users may only reserve a room once per day.
  • Users may sign up for no more than 6 hours per week.
  • Rooms may be booked up to 3 weeks in advance.
  • Users may not sign up for more than one room at the same time.
  • If a group fails to appear 15 minutes after the start of their sign-up time, they forfeit the use of the room, and another group may use it.

Other conduct expectations

  • Rooms left unattended for longer than 15 minutes will be considered abandoned; items left in the room will be removed and given to Public Safety officers.
  • Please keep voices and noise level low -- group study rooms are not soundproof.
  • Please dispose of trash/recycling in the containers provided and return glasses and dishes to the Dining Room.
  • Please erase the whiteboard if you have used it.

*These times apply to the regular school year only and will not be enforced in January or during the summer months.


Minneapolis Library

Group Study Rooms in the Minneapolis Library

Room policies

  • Groups have priority use of the study rooms. Single users will be asked to vacate a room when a group, or a student who needs special study accommodations, wants it. Old Main 446 (next to the Media Center) is primarily used as a collaborative workspace.
  • Group study rooms are not soundproof so be considerate of other library users by keeping voices and volumes low.
  • Users who violate the group study room policy will be asked to vacate a room by library staff.
  • Use of the rooms is reserved for members of the St. Kate’s community.
  • If a group fails to appear 15 minutes after the start of their sign-up time, they forfeit the use of the room, and another group may use it.
  • Rooms left unattended for longer than 30 minutes will be considered abandoned, and items left in the room will be retrieved by Public Safety officers.

Signing up for rooms

  • Sign-up for a study room at the Library Circulation/Information Desk.
  • Users will be limited to signing up for no more than 3 time slots in advance.
  • Group study rooms are reserved in-person on a “first-come, first serve” basis. Signing up for other people is not allowed.
  • Reservations may be made for the following week beginning on Friday afternoon.
  • Rooms may be reserved for up to 4 hours per day. The same group of users may only use the room once per day.
  • Users may not sign up for more than one study room during the same time period.

Please be courteous to your fellow students by disposing of trash and leaving the rooms clean.


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St. Paul Librarians

library@stkate.edu
651.690.6652

Minneapolis Librarians

Sue Gray, sagray@stkate.edu | 651.690.7898
Cindy Graham, ckgraham@stkate.edu | 651.690.7780