Michigan State University

Collaborative Technology Labs, Group Study Rooms, and Instruction Rooms

Policies & Procedures

The Main Library maintains a variety of rooms for the use of MSU students, faculty and staff.  These include group study rooms on 2 and 3 West, a number of Collaborative Technology Rooms, and four instruction rooms.   The Main Library also contains several general purpose rooms that are reserved for use by librarians and library staff for both public and internal use.

Collaborative Technology Labs:

The Collaborative Technology Labs may be reserved by MSU students, faculty and staff with a valid MSU NetID and password via the online reservation system (http://reservations.lib.msu.edu). Those wishing to use the rooms to support collaborative academic work are given first priority. The rooms are not designed for individual study, regularly scheduled classes or office space.  Those using these spaces in this manner may be asked to leave and blocked from reserving the rooms in the future.

  • You must check in at the nearest service desk with your MSU ID before occupying your room to avoid being counted as a no-show. You may check into the room up to 30 minutes in advance of your reservation if the room is unoccupied.
  • Please cancel your reservation online (http://reservations.lib.msu.edu) if you do not need the room. After 5 no shows, you will be blocked from reserving rooms.
  • Reservations will be held for 15 minutes and then released. Rooms left vacant will be reassigned.
  • Please return all checked out materials that are associated with the rooms to the nearest service desk when you are done using them. There are significant penalties if all materials are not returned.
  • The person that reserves and checks out the room and equipment may be held responsible for any missing or damaged equipment or any damage to the room and furniture.

Group Study Rooms:

  • Group Study Rooms in the Main Library are available on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Groups of 2-10 people may use the rooms. If only one person is observed in a room, you may be asked to leave so that a larger group may use the room.  Rooms cannot be 'held' by individuals in the expectation that a group will arrive to occupy the room later.
  • While the rooms are designed to support collaborative work and normal conversation is allowed, noise levels must not rise to the point of being disruptive to other patrons.  Library staff may ask you to lower your voices if the noise level is too high. Failure to comply may result in a removal from the library.
  • Sleeping in group study rooms is not permitted.  If students are found sleeping on the floor or on the furniture in the rooms, they may be asked to vacate the rooms.
  • Group Study Rooms are not meant to be occupied 24 hours a day by the same group of students.  Small appliances, bedding, air mattresses, and additional lamps or lights are not permitted.  If occupied rooms need to be cleaned, you may be asked to vacate the room to allow janitorial staff to enter. Stockpiled food is also strongly discouraged because it attracts rodents.  Students found to be 'camping' in a room for more than 24 hrs may be asked to leave if violations of these rules occur.

Main Library Instruction Rooms (Beaumont West, Reference, Red Cedar West, REAL):

The instruction rooms in the Main Library are intended for the primary use by librarians and other library staff to teach classes related to the primary mission and goals of the Libraries.  Faculty interested in having their classes meet in the Main Library for purposes of instruction should contact their subject liaison or the Teaching & Learning unit to discuss how instruction in the Main Library can help integrate information literacy and research instruction into their course.  Librarians can suggest a variety of ways to construct a session that will meet your goals.  Instruction rooms are heavily used across the course of each semester, so faculty are encouraged to contact their librarian early in the semester in order to secure a date. 

When the Beaumont West and Red Cedar West classrooms (2 West) are not being used for instruction, they are available for individual student or small group use on a first-come, first-served basis as computer lab spaces.

Main Library Green Room and Conference Rooms (4 West):

The Green Room is an all-purpose room for events and activities related to the promotion of the Libraries' collections and services.  For a nominal fee, it can be reserved for other MSU events or workshops on a case-by-case basis.  If you are interested in partnering with the Libraries on an event or workshop. please contact Sharon Ladenson, Libraries' Events Coordinator.

The Conference Rooms on the 4th Floor are for staff use only.

For other queries about the use of Main Library rooms, contact Terri Miller, Assistant Director for Public Services.