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Locations & Hours: Find a Study Space

Find a Study Space

Sherman Fairchild Library Study Spaces

Study Rooms

A photo of a group study room at the Sherman Fairchild Library

Policies

  • Four group study rooms are available to reserve for three hours per person per day. If you have special needs, contact us.
  • Make reservations in advance, weekdays before 4:00 pm. Reservations made after that time cannot be guaranteed for that evening, nor those made after 4:00 pm on Friday for the weekend.
  • As a shared, instructional space, face masks must be worn at all times.

 

Features

  • Group study
  • Covered beverages permitted 
  • Food must be consumed outdoors
  • Private enclosed room
  • Quiet conversation
  • AV / TV available
  • Whiteboard

Open Study Tables

Photo of the 3rd floor study tables of the Sherman Fairchild Library

Policies

  • Check out a study badge from the Information Desk
  • Silent study (second and third floor)
  • Quiet conversation (first floor and basement)

Features

  • Covered beverages permitted
  • Food must be consumed outdoors
  • Individual study tables
  • Movable whiteboards

Computer Workstations

Photo of computer workstation desks on the first floor of Sherman Fairchild Library

Policies

  • Check out study badge at the Information Desk
  • Quiet conversation and headphones only

Features

  • Windows 10 workstations
  • Covered beverages permitted
  • Food must be consumed outdoors
  • Individual study tables
  • Movable whiteboards
  • Scanner

Multimedia Conference Room (Room #328)

Photo of the Multimedia Conference Room at the Sherman Fairchild Library

Policies

  • Available by request only. Contact us for such requests.

  • This room is intended for library instruction and collaborative research/learning sessions that utilize the technology of the room. 

  • If you have an approved reservation, check out the key from the SFL Information Desk.

Features

  • Seating for 20
  • 90" HDTV monitor
  • Digital projector (with touch/annotation/capture capability)
  • Ability to send signal to monitor and/or projector from HDMI, VGA, AirMedia (wireless video and audio)
  • Podium with PC workstation and webcam (Skype installed)
  • Wall to wall whiteboards
  • Speakerphone (626-395-3447)
  • Food is not permitted. Covered drinks only.

East Amphitheater

Policies

  • Open space (no reservations required)
  • Quiet conversation

Features

  • Food and drinks allowed outdoors (clean up after yourself)
  • Individual study tables

Caltech Hall

Ninth Floor Open Study Space

Photo of the 9th floor study space in Caltech Hall

Policies

  • Open space, no reservation required
  • Covered beverages permitted
  • Food must be consumed outdoors

Features

  • Computer workstations
  • Individual study tables
  • Privacy screens
  • Movable whiteboards

Dabney Library

Outdoor Patio

Policies

  • Open space (no reservations required)
  • Food and drinks permitted (clean up after yourself)
  • Quiet conversation

Features

  • Individual study tables
  • Soft seating

 

 

 

FAQs about Study Spaces

Who can use library study spaces and how?

  • Caltech students, staff and faculty can use study spaces for collaboration, research, and related activities. They cannot be used for regularly scheduled classes or events involving K-12 students. 
  • For Caltech activities that fall outside the Library’s guidelines, refer to other campus locations.

What do I need to use a study space?

  • A valid Caltech UID is required for entry into all Library buildings.
  • All patrons must wear N95 or KN95 masks within indoor Library spaces.

Do I need to reserve a study space?

  • Rooms and spaces are available for walk-in use. If you use a reserved room, you may be asked to leave.
  • Rooms are intended for use by groups; Library staff may move a single occupant for a group.
  • Make reservations in advance, weekdays before 4:00 pm. Reservations made after that time cannot be guaranteed for that evening, nor those made after 4:00 pm on Friday for the weekend.
  • Reserve Group Study Rooms up to three months in advance and Individual Study Spaces 48 hours in advance.
  • Reservations will be forfeited if not present within 15 minutes of the reserved time and are limited to 3 hours per person per day. Special arrangements may be possible, please contact us.
  • The Multimedia Conference Room is only available through special request. Contact us for such requests.

Can I eat or drink in study spaces?

  • Covered beverages (i.e. water bottles, to-go cups with a lid) are permitted within Library buildings.
  • Food or consumption of food is not currently allowed in any library building. Consume food and snacks outside.
  • Alcohol is not permitted in any library space..

Can I leave personal items in a study room?

Don't leave your personal belongings behind.  If you leave personal belongings in the room unattended, they will be subject to removal. If we cannot contact you by the end of the day, they will be sent to the Security Office and you will be required to pick them up there.

Outdoor Study Space Guidelines

Outdoor study spaces are available to members of the Caltech community and are located on the east side of the Sherman Fairchild Library and on the terrace of Dabney Library entrance.

  • Food and drinks permitted. Please clean up after yourself.
  • Alcohol is not permitted in any library space.

As with all study spaces, don't leave your personal belongings or trash behind. If personal belongings are found in outdoor spaces, they will be subject to removal and will be sent to the Security Office.