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Group Study Room Policy

The purpose of the small group study rooms at the Harrell Health Sciences Library: Research and Learning Commons is for small groups of students and learners to study and collaborate.  Learners include: Graduate Students, Medical students, Nursing Students, Physician Assistants Students, and Residents.

  • Failure to comply with these regulations will result in forfeiture of your study room reservation and make the room available to others for reservation.
  • Group study rooms are intended for groups of 2 or more.  The rooms are available on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Students may reserve small group study spaces for up to 4 hours in a 24 hour period (midnight to midnight).
  • Creative scheduling, i.e. scheduling gaps in your time slot during which you intend to remain in the room, is not permitted.
  • Group study rooms may be reserved up to 1 week in advance.
  • Multiple reservations by different members of the same group during the same 24 hour period are not permitted.
  • Students must identify every group member by first and last name or by Penn State Health Access ID.
  • Study Partners must be students or residents at this campus. 
  • If a group that has reserved a group study room fails to occupy the room within 15 minutes of its reservation, the reservation is forfeited and the room will be made available to others.
  • Group study rooms should be occupied during the reserved time. Once a group leaves the room, it will again be made available for others. Leaving personal belongings within a room does not constitute occupancy. The library is not responsible for the loss of belongings left in unattended group study rooms.
  • Please keep the small study rooms clean.
  • Group study rooms are available for walk-in use when they are not reserved. Groups are encouraged to make reservations.  Groups with reservations have priority. 
  • Reasonable noise levels should be maintained. The door should be closed at all times when a group is using a room.
  • All library patrons using Group Study Rooms will honor Penn State Hershey Values.