Study Room Use Guidelines

Chicago Public Library offers study rooms for use by the public at several locations. Study rooms accommodate fewer than 10 people.

Applicants may book study rooms up to four weeks in advance and up to six hours per week.

To promote the accessibility of study rooms to a wide variety of users, the Library may limit the number or length of study room reservations during any time period for any applicant. The Library also reserves the right to place additional limitations on the use of study rooms at various Library locations due to varying demands at those locations.

Use of the Library’s study rooms does not constitute the Chicago Public Library’s endorsement of viewpoints expressed by the room’s occupants. Advertisements or announcements implying such endorsement are not permitted.

All applicants should be aware that the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, disability, age (over 40), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, marital status, military discharge status and source of income.

Failure to comply with Library policy or study room use guidelines may result in the denial of subsequent requests for study room use.

Guidelines for Use

  1. Study rooms shall be not be used in any way that interferes with regular library services and operations, or which causes a threat to the safety of library employees, patrons or property.
  2. Study rooms are available for use only during regular service hours on days the Library is open. Exact times vary by location.
  3. All persons using study rooms must comply with CPL’s Library Use Guidelines.
  4. No entrance fee may be charged, no collection may be taken and no purchase may be required by groups in study rooms.
  5. Applicant must present valid proof of identification at time of check-in.
  6. Applicant is responsible for supervision of all children.
  7. Applicant shall leave the room in good order.
  8. Applicant and his/her organization agree to pay for damages to the study room or to Library property resulting from study room use.
  9. The number persons in a study room may not exceed the established capacity of the room.
  10. All organizations or groups shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Chicago Public Library and City of Chicago, its officers, agents and employees from and against any and all claims, suits, actions of any kind, arising and resulting and accruing from any negligent act, omission or error of the organization or group resulting in or relating to personal injuries or property damage arising from the organization/group/individual’s use of the Library study room.
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