Thesis desks, group study rooms, and lockers

Thesis Desk Lottery

The results from the Thesis Desk Lottery will be posted in the Library lobby on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. The choosing of desks will take place on Wednesday, September 18, 2013.

Thesis desks

A number of single and shared desks are assigned to seniors for use while working on their theses. The desks are selected by means of a lottery held at the beginning of the fall semester. Spring-fall seniors may choose desks via a spring mini-lottery from among those vacated by seniors who have completed their theses at the end of the fall semester. These desk assignments are for spring semester only.

Desks assigned to seniors are for their sole use for the balance of their school year or as long as they remain registered for 470. A senior may ask you to vacate his or her desk and you will be expected to comply.

ONLY thesis desks are assigned to individuals. The other study tables are permanently unassigned, and therefore are available for use by the entire community. At these desks, personal items and books may be stored on the shelves above the work surface. However, neither the shelf nor the desk becomes "yours" by right of keeping your things there. If there is extra space on the shelf, other people may store items there. You may not claim or reserve these desks, and when you are not actually working there you must leave the work surface, chair, and floor area free of obstructing materials. These regulations are designed to provide the maximum availability of study space to the maximum number of people. Storage of personal items must not have the effect of excluding other students. Non-thesis tables and desks are intended as general study areas.

The staff, assisted by student monitors, will remove all of the following from desks and tables:

  • All library-owned books that are not checked out and all library-owned journals.
  • All plants, flowers, etc.
  • All dishes and silverware.
  • All packages or containers of food or drink.
  • All electrical appliances and extension cords. (Surge suppressed cords are ok for computers.)

The student monitor will leave a note indicating what was removed and where it is being kept for claiming purposes. We recommend that you rent lockers to store your valuables and miscellaneous belongings.

Group study rooms

The library has three small study rooms that are available for use on a first come first served basis and groups of students working together have priority in the use of these rooms. One is located on Lower Level 1 next to the center stacks.  Two are located on the second floor in the Q call number area. 

Lockers

Lockers are available for rental.  Ask at the circulation desk.  A five dollar deposit is taken at the time of the rental.  The rental charge is one dollar per semester.  The rental period is fall through spring each academic year.  Lockers must be vacated by the end of the semester each spring.  If you've rented a locker for both semesters, you'll receive a three dollar refund when you return your key or check-out of your combo locker.  You must empty your locker and check out at the circulation desk by the end of May to receive the balance of your deposit money.