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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

  • Five group study rooms are available to reserve for three hours per person per day. If you have special needs, contact us.
  • Advance reservations recommended. Patrons using a group study room without a reservation will be asked to move to another space to accommodate advance reservations.
    • Reservations available weekdays between 8am and 12am.
    • Between 12am and 7am, group study rooms are first-come, first-serve only.
    • Rooms must be cleared between 7am and 8am in order for Facilities to clean the rooms for use.

 

Features

  • Group study
  • Food and covered beverages permitted
    • Clean up after yourselves in consideration for others and to prevent pests
  • 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

  • Silent study (second and third floor)
  • Quiet conversation (first floor and basement)

Features

  • Food and covered beverages permitted
    • Clean up after yourselves in consideration for others and to prevent pests
  • Individual study tables
  • Movable whiteboards

Computer Workstations

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

Policies

  • Quiet conversation and headphones only

Features

  • Windows 10 workstations
  • Food and beverages are discouraged at computer workstations
  • 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.

Amphitheater

Policies

Features

  • Food and drinks allowed outdoors
    • Clean up after yourselves in consideration for others and to prevent pests
  • Individual study tables

Caltech Hall

Ninth Floor Open Study Space

Photo of the 9th floor study space in Caltech Hall

Policies

  • Open space, no reservations required for quiet study
  • Contact us for event reservations 
  • Food and covered beverages permitted
    • Clean up after yourselves in consideration for others and to prevent pests

Features

  • Computer workstations
  • Individual study tables
  • Movable whiteboards

Dabney Library

Outdoor Patio

Policies

  • Open space (no reservations required)
  • Food and drinks permitted
    • Clean up after yourselves in consideration for others and to prevent pests
  • Quiet conversation

Features

  • Individual study tables
  • Soft seating

Frequently Asked Questions 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. To book a space for regularly scheduled classes or special events, please contact us using this form.
  • 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.

Do I need to reserve a study space?

  • Reservations are recommended.
  • Rooms and spaces are available for walk-in use.
    • If you use a room without a reservation, you will be asked to move to another space to accommodate those with reservations.
  • Rooms are intended for use by groups; Library staff may move a single occupant for a group.
  • Reservations will be forfeited if not present within 15 minutes of the reserved time and are limited to 3 hours per person per day.

Can I eat or drink in study spaces?

  • Food and covered beverages (i.e. water bottles, to-go cups with a lid) are permitted within Library buildings. Please clean up after yourselves in consideration for others and to prevent pests.
  • Alcohol is not permitted in any library space. Rare exceptions are allowed on a case-by-case basis.

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. Rare exceptions are allowed on a case-by-case basis.

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.