Individual research rooms are available for a term-long loan period to all faculty and graduate students with documented research needs.

  • Faculty can call, email, or request a room at the Circulation Desk, with no letter or authorization needed. (Beginning January 1, 2020, Research rooms will no longer be available to Faculty.)
  • Doctoral studentsneed to provide a letter on OSU letterhead (example) from their department advisor confirming their scheduled exam or completion to qualify for a research room. Bring the letter to the Circulation Desk or email it valley.circ@oregonstate.edu
  • Masters students need to provide a letter on OSU letterhead (example) from their department advisor confirming they are writing a thesis and will be entering their final 1-2 terms. Bring the letter to the Circulation Desk or email it valley.circ@oregonstate.edu

Once you have received an email that a research room is available, the key card may be picked up at the Circulation Desk. Each research room is equipped with a table, chair, shelves and a cork board. Wireless access is available in all rooms. All research rooms are located on the 6th floor.

 

Policies

  • All rooms will be checked out at the beginning of each term. Patrons on the waiting list who do not get a room during the current term will move to the top of the waiting list for the following term. Keys need to be picked up within 7 days of email notification, or the patron will forfeit the room. If a patron is unable to pick up the key within 7 days but would like to keep the room, please email the Circulation desk to make alternate arrangements.
  • Rooms are not renewable.
  • The library is not responsible for personal belongings left in a research room.
  • For your safety, electrical appliances are not allowed in the room, and doors need to be kept clear of any covering or obstruction, including white boards.
  • Please check out all library materials that will be kept in the room.
  • Do not leave public use equipment such as white boards in the room overnight.
  • To keep rooms looking nice for patrons, please don’t put anything on the wall that creates a hole or leaves residue. Damage charges will apply if necessary.
  • Rooms must be used at least 8 times per 30 day period or the user will forfeit rights to the room. Usage will be checked twice per month, and rooms will be inspected for damage and safety concerns.

We value your feedback about the Graduate Student Commons research rooms. Please share what you think is working well, plus any ideas for improving the physical space or the reservation process and procedures, with the Grad Commons graduate assistant at grad.commons@oregonstate.edu. Or, stop by their office in room 6559.

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Circulation Desk

Circulation