Meeting and Study Spaces

The Folsom Library offers open seating for more than 500 people at tables and study carrels, as well as in various group study and meeting room facilities.

Much of the open seating, which is located along the perimeters of the third and fourth floors, usually offers a combination of wireless and/or Ethernet service. Study seating is also available on the first and second floors, but these areas are adjacent to lobbies and offices and are therefore not as quiet.

All library users are expected to maintain a conducive study environment by minimizing conversations, using headphones for audio listening, and holding private cell phone conversations outside or in the stairwells.

Group Study Rooms

The group study rooms located on the third floor of the Folsom Library are available for up to three hours' use each day by any Rensselaer-affiliated group of two or more persons on a first-come, first-use basis. 

There are also small group study rooms located on the first, third and fourth floors of Folsom Library that are left unlocked for both individuals and groups to use on a first-come, first-use basis. Individuals may be asked to relocate if a group requests use of the room.

Conditions of Group Study Room Use

The following conditions exist for all groups who use the study rooms:

  • The Libraries¬†assume no responsibility for the loss of or damage to personal property that is left in a study room at any time.
  • A group that uses a study room must dispose of any waste properly and leave the room clean and orderly.
  • Study groups may not move furniture and equipment into or out of a study room without the permission of the Library Service Desk staff.
  • All study groups are expected to keep their conversation level low so as not to disturb other library users.

Individuals or groups who blatantly or repeatedly violate the above conditions of use may lose their study room privileges for the current academic semester.

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