To reserve group study space in Hatcher or Shapiro Library you can place your request through our online reservation system, Resource Scheduler. We provide step-by-step instructions on how to create an account.
We do not accept same day reservations – if you want to use a room today, and it is not reserved, it is available to you on a “first come, first served” basis. Room availability is posted daily outside the room, as well as in the Free/Busy function, which you can access through your Resource Scheduler account.
Referring to these guidelines when making your request will make it easier for us to approve it.
When to make your request
Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance; the earlier you make your request, the higher the likelihood that we will have a room available.
Request time limit
The maximum time block that you can reserve is 4 hours per day.
Choosing your capacity
When choosing capacity, we suggest choosing the lower end of your estimated capacity need. If you choose a lower capacity, there is a larger pool of rooms for us to choose from, giving you a higher chance of approval. The majority of our rooms hold 6 people. The largest room we have holds 12 people. You can view room capacity when using the Free/Busy function (see below for more information).
Using the Free/Busy Function
Your request is more likely to be approved if you select a time that has not already been reserved. To do this, use the Free/Busy function located on the left side of the welcome screen, underneath the “Create New Request” link. Enter the date, desired capacity, how you would like to sort the results and click “Display.” The grey blocked time is already reserved and the white free space is available. Note during which period of time there is an available room and then select “New Request” on the home screen where you can request the timeslot you saw open. If you see that a Tech. Suite is available, you must specify the open Tech. Suite in your request (see below for more information).
You can also use the Free/Busy function to learn more about what each room offers. By clicking on the icon to the left of each listed room, you can find out the capacity of your room of choice, as well as the equipment available.
Tech. Suites vs. Group Study Space
Group Study Space refers to all of the rooms on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of Shapiro and the two rooms on the 3rd floor of Hatcher. The Tech. Suites are the rooms on the 1st floor of Shapiro including the Brainstorming Room, Collaboration Room, Editing Room and Presentation Practice Room. These rooms include special technological equipment. For more information on the technology available click here. You can also view this information by clicking on the icon located in the Free/Busy function.
Important: If you select the Group Study Space option in your request, we do not have the ability to place you in a Tech Suite even if one is open. If you see a Tech Suite that is open you must individually request that room.
Recurring requests can be made for up to four months from the date of request. For example, if you are making a request on January 3rd, the last date we can approve you for is May 3rd. We do not permit recurring requests for the Tech. Suites.
Important: In order for us to approve a recurring request, one room must be open during your requested time block on all of the days that you request. If there is not a single room available on every day that you need to meet, we suggest that you submit individual request for each day that you would like. By doing this, you allow us to choose from multiple rooms for each request which gives you a higher chance of approval.
Due to high demand for study space during busy times, it is unlikely that we will be able to approve many recurring requests. We ask that you not submit a recurring request unless you intend to use the group study space each day of your request.
Requests are approved manually by library staff. Reservations that have not yet been approved will appear as "Pending Requests." When library staff approve or deny the request it will move to "Reviewed Requests."
To delete a request, click the “x” underneath the “Action” column.