Study Room Policy

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There are eight study rooms available for private study or small groups.  Two are located in the Youth Services department and six are located in the Adult Services department.  The rooms are free of charge.  Three study rooms accommodate two patrons, four rooms accommodate four patrons, and one room accommodates up to six patrons.  The Deerfield Public Library is happy to provide these spaces to the public and all are welcome to use them in accordance to the following standards. 

Rules of Use

1. Study rooms can be reserved at the Youth or Adult Service desks.

2. The study rooms are available on a first come, first served basis.

3. There is a two hour time limit on the study rooms.  Patrons who arrive after the rooms are filled may place their name on a waiting list and will be notified when a room is available.  Wait lists will not be available for the rooms in Youth Services, just the rooms on the lower level.  If there are no patrons waiting for available rooms, occupants are invited to use the room beyond the two hour allotment.

4. The study rooms are for the purposes of quiet study and discussion.  The study rooms are intended for use by up to a number of people not to exceed each room’s seating capacity.  The room seating capacity is a fire code requirement and will be enforced.

5. Furniture may not be brought into or removed from a study room without approval from Library staff.

6. Food and drink are permitted in accordance with the Deerfield Public Library Public Behavior Policy.

7. Study rooms are covered by policies regarding unattended children.  Children under the age of 9 may not utilize rooms without an adult.

8. Study room users must keep noise levels to a minimum so as not to disrupt other Library users.  If the noise level becomes disruptive to others, the study room occupants may be asked to vacate the room.

9. The Library will not provide storage for patrons using the study rooms.

a. Patrons may not leave their possessions in a study room during their reservation time to get lunch, run an errand, or leave the building for any other reason.
b. Patrons who leave the room unattended for more than 15 minutes will forfeit their room.
c. Items left behind will be placed in the Library’s lost and found.
d. Patrons may leave the study rooms to find Library materials or seek assistance from Library staff.  However, the Library does not assume responsibility for the security of private materials or equipment.

10. Study rooms are available during Library hours of operation.

11. Patrons who use the study rooms are expected to leave the rooms in their original order, free of trash.

12. Failure to abide by the policies and rules established for study rooms will result in suspension or termination of an individual’s study room privileges.

Re-approved by the Board on March 18, 2015