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Study Room Policy

Study rooms are kept locked and are for Samford undergraduate and graduate students only with the exception of Law students. Law students should use study rooms in the Law Library. Scheduling the use of the thirteen study rooms is handled by the Circulation Unit. The two group rooms on Lower Level are available for groups of three (3) or more. Second floor rooms are available for group study of two (2) or more students. The six rooms on 3rd floor may be used by one (1) or two (2) students for study.

Rules and procedures follow:

  1. The five group study rooms on 2nd floor and the six rooms on 3rd floor may be used on a first-come, first-served basis and may not be reserved.
  2. The two group study rooms on the Lower Level may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis up to two days in advance, but must be made in person at the circulation desk. No phone reservations will be accepted. They may not be reserved for groups under three. If the room is not occupied within 15 minutes of the reservation time, that room will go to the next waiting person.
  3. All study rooms may be used for a 2-hour block, per person/group. If there is no one waiting for a study room, an additional 2- hour block may be obtained by renewing the key checkout at the Circulation Desk.
  4. Individuals may not use a group study room. Individual study space is available on 3rd floor and in carrels around the perimeter of the library on 2nd and 3rd floors. Additional group study space may be found on 1st floor and outside the Special Collections Unit on the Lower Level.
  5. A room key can be picked up at the Circulation Desk by checking it out from Library Reserve. The person checking out the key is responsible for returning the key. Late key return results in $5.00 per hour fines. Lost keys are $50.00. All fees will be added to the record of the person who checked out the key.
  6. Each room is equipped with the number of chairs that the room will accommodate. Please do not remove chairs from nearby study spaces.
  7. The one who checks out the key to the study room is responsible for the condition of the room. Repair costs to fix any damage to the room will be charged to the one who checked out the key.
  8. Rooms are not sound-proofed. Users should be sensitive to the need for quiet to avoid disturbing other library users.
  9. Food/drink and cell phone policy are enforced in study rooms. If these policies are broken, patrons may be asked to leave the study room.

Patrons not in compliance with these rules and procedures may be asked to leave and be barred from future group study room use.

In addition to the library study rooms, there are other areas on campus where you may study (i.e. classrooms, Beeson Student Center.


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