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So you’d rather be hitting the beach…but you’re here hitting the books instead, and you’re looking for a place to study. We have a variety of great individual spaces here at Hirsh, from standing desks to study pods, but where do you go if you need to do work with a group?

We have two types of rooms that are ideal for group work—collaboration rooms and study rooms, which you can find on the 5th and 7th floors, respectively. We know that there is sometimes a bit of confusion about how they differ, so we’re hoping this post helps clear it up!

Collaboration Rooms

Collaboration rooms are on the 5th floor. They all have whiteboards and screens that you can connect your computers to, their name reflects the fact that they have handy tools you might need to use collaborate with your classmates on a project or a presentation. However, the major thing that sets these rooms apart is that they are reservable. You can find the room use policies, the booking forms, and the schedule on our Collaboration Room website, but we’ll share the basics here.

Groups of 2 or more can reserve them for up to 4 hours a day, and up to 3 times a week. With these limits, we’re striving to hit a good balance between giving each group enough time, but making sure as many different groups as possible can use them. Reservations must be made by 11:59pm the night before so that we can post each room’s schedule outside the door first thing in the morning. If there isn’t a reservation in a room, you can feel free to use it on a first-come, first-served basis just like our study rooms.

So what is a study room? It’s also a small room where you can get work done with others, so what’s the difference?

Study Rooms

You can find our study rooms on the 7th floor (and there’s one on the 6th floor). They always operate on a first-come, first-served basis. You’re welcome to use the rooms if you’re studying alone, but we give priority to groups of 3 or more, so there is a chance that a larger group could ask to use the room. Also, please be mindful of your volume when using these rooms. The 7th floor is a quiet floor, and while the rooms isolate noise somewhat, they are not totally soundproof.

 

One final note–be sure you’re making good use of the rooms! Any room left unoccupied for more than 15 minutes becomes available for others to use, regardless of whether it’s reserved or if your personal belongings are left in there.

If you have trouble remembering what type of room you want, or you’re looking for another kind of space, visit our handy Room Reservation Wizard. Just put in some info about what you’re looking for and it will show you the spaces that best fit your needs.

Happy Studying!

 

As we kick off a semester full of collaborative opportunities, we wanted to take a moment to (re)introduce you to our Collaboration Rooms. The Collaboration Rooms are the seven rooms on the 5th floor that groups can reserve in advance for collaborative work. They all have whiteboards and monitors for you to connect to your laptop… and most of them have windows! Since we have a limited number of rooms, we have policies in place to make sure that as many groups as possible have the opportunity to reserve a room.

Here are the basics:

  1. The rooms can only be reserved by groups of 2 or more. If you’re planning to study alone, you are welcome to use the rooms on a first-come, first-served basis, but you cannot reserve one just for yourself.
  2. Each room can be booked up to 4 hours a day and up to 3 times a week per group.
  3. You must provide the names of all group members when you make a reservation.
  4. If the room is left empty for more than 15 minutes during the reservation period, it will be made available to others on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can find the full room reservation policy on the Collaboration Room page. Please take time to read through it before you book a room, as violations may result in forfeited reservations or the revocation of your booking privileges. You can always email us at hhsl@tufts.edu if you have any questions. Happy collaborating!

P.S. If you’re not sure that a collaboration room is right for your needs, hop over to our Room Reservation Wizard to see what spaces might be good for you.

 

 

Scenic Sackler 524

 

As we enter the busiest part of the semester, we wanted to take a moment to remind you of our Collaboration Room policies. The Collaboration Rooms are the seven rooms on the 5th floor that groups can reserve in advance for collaborative work. They all have whiteboards and monitors for you to connect to your laptop… and most of them have windows! Since we have a limited number of rooms, we have policies in place to make sure that as many groups as possible have the opportunity to reserve a room.

Here are the basics:

  1. The rooms can only be reserved by groups of 2 or more. If you’re planning to study alone, you are welcome to use the rooms on a first-come, first-served basis, but you cannot reserve one just for yourself.
  2. Each room can be booked up to 4 hours a day and up to 3 times a week per group.
  3. You must provide the names of all group members when you make a reservation.
  4. If the room is left empty for more than 15 minutes during the reservation period, it will be made available to others on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can find the full room reservation policy on the Collaboration Room page. Please take time to read through it before you book a room, as violations may result in forfeited reservations or booking privileges. You can always email us at hhsl@tufts.edu if you have any questions. Happy collaborating!

 

Can you believe it looked like this outside when we started the program?

Can you believe it looked like this outside when we started the program?

On March 1st, we started a room booking pilot program, in response to student requests that we make some of our library rooms bookable. We designated seven rooms on Sackler 5 as our collaboration rooms, set up an online reservation system, and let the collaborating on projects and presentations begin!

We’re pleased to report that the pilot was popular and that we will be continuing it through the fall semester.

Here are some stats, for bookings made between March 1st and May 30th:
Total bookings: 272

Unique users: 100

Most popular rooms: 502 and 504

Most popular day of the week: Wednesday

Average group size: 3 people

Average booking length: 3 hours

Want to book a room? Read our policy and view the schedule at http://bit.ly/hhslcollab

Happy Collaborating!

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