Palo Alto City Library Study Room Guidelines

Downtown Library

  • Carnegie Room: 6 person capacity
  • University Room: 10 person capacity (this room is only available if the community
    meeting room is not being used for a program)

Rooms are equipped with a desktop computer, Flat Screen TV monitor, and Smart
Board. The TV monitor is for use with the computer and Smart Board only and is not
connected to any TV services.


  • Minimum of 2 individuals per room is required.
  • One person from the group must reserve the room by calling reservations or signing up at the service desk. A valid library card is required to reserve a group study room, and the person reserving the room will be held responsible for the condition of the room during use.
  • Reservations can be made in person or by calling (650) 329-2642. Groups may use one room per day, which may be reserved up to three days in advance. Reservations are for a maximum of two hours per day a maximum of two times per week.
  • Applications may be denied based on availability, frequency of requests for use, or other reasons that conflict with this policy and the purpose and priorities of the Group Study Room and the library.
  • Ask at service desk for room entry. Please inform staff if your reservation is not
    being honored.
  • Please cancel reservations at (650) 329-2642.
  • Group has a 10-minute window before losing their reservation to waiting customers.
  • The purpose of the study rooms is for group study, discussions, tutoring and similar activities. There are other quiet places in the libraries for individuals to study, other rooms for community meetings, and other city facilities, such as community centers, for private events and parties.
  • Failure to comply with the Library’s policies may result in loss of study room privileges.
  • The individual who reserves the room is responsible for ensuring that the room is left in clean condition with no damage to the room or furnishings. This responsible person will be held financially responsible for any damage, reported or unreported. The responsible person should inspect the room prior to use any report any damage or poor conditions to library staff.
  • The City is not responsible for any property left unattended in group study rooms.