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Study Areas and Study Rooms

The Eastern Michigan University Library provides a welcoming environment that promotes teaching, learning, and research. Students and other researchers at the EMU Library expect to find quiet areas for study, and the library strives to provide this type of environment.

At the same time, many courses require group work, and the EMU Library has provided spaces appropriate for group learning. The library is also used as a teaching space where librarians, staff, and teaching faculty must converse with users when assisting them. The EMU Library shares the Bruce T. Halle Library building with other campus offices, which may have separate policies.

Since much of the ground level public spaces are not operated by the EMU Library, this policy addresses only library areas on the 1st through 3rd levels. Please see: Acceptable Behavior for Library Users.

I. Zones

A. Collaborative Zone - 1st Level

  • This level has many service points and a great deal of traffic, so it will generally be less quiet than other library levels. Conversations may be held at moderate level and group study is acceptable. Noise should be kept to a minimum. Users are urged to be considerate of others.

B. Considerate Zone - 2nd Level

  • On the 2nd level conversations should be kept to a minimum. When talking is necessary voices should be kept low. The collaborative study rooms and classrooms in these areas are not sound proof. Groups using these rooms are asked to close doors whenever possible and keep conversations at a considerate noise level.

C. Quiet Zone - 3rd level

  • On the 3rd level all users are asked to refrain from talking. Staff may need to assist users, but attempts will be made to do so quietly. The collaborative study rooms and classrooms on these levels are not sound proof.

II. Rooms

A. Study Rooms for Collaborative Work

  • Collaborative (group) study rooms are located on the periphery of the Second and Third Levels. Most rooms are first come, first served.
  • Reservable group study rooms are available on the second floor during Fall and Winter semester ONLY.
  • Priority is given to EMU groups. Individuals or non-EMU groups may be asked to vacate a room. Questions may be directed to a library staff member at the Circulation Desk or 734-487-2562.

B. Individual Study Rooms

C. Faculty Study Rooms

  • Daily Use
    Two rooms on the second floor of the library (2148 and 214E) may be checked out by faculty weekdays only on a first-come, first-served basis through Library Administration office (room 200). In exchange for your EagleOne Card, you will be given a key to one of the study rooms for the remainder of the day. Upon return of the room key during that day, your EagleOne Card will be returned.
  • Semester-Long Use
    Faculty Senate controls the allocation of six faculty offices in the library. The offices are meant to serve as places to study and conduct research with library materials. Faculty Senate provides guidelines and application information. Please contact Faculty Senate Office at 734-487-0196 or at
  • Emeritus Faculty Study Room
    Please contact the Administration Office, Room 200, 734.487.2633, to gain entry.


Questions should be directed to Library Administration.  

March 25, 2015


Halle Library, 955 W. Circle Dr, Ypsilanti MI, USA 48197 Phone:734.487.0020