Study Room Reservation Policy

In order to provide all students with the ability to use the Fred Parks Law Library study rooms, the Library has in place a study room reservation system and policies.  This also allows students to plan ahead and ensure there will be a suitable space for study groups to meet.

The Fred Parks Law Library houses 58 study rooms.  (Only two law schools in the country have more study rooms).  To try to accommodate everyone’s needs, only select study rooms can be reserved.  Rooms that can be reserved are:

  • All 21 conference rooms:
    • 1010, 1012, 1014, 2004, 3004, 3005, 3027, 3028, 3029, 3030, 3031, 3032, 3033, 3034, 3035, 3036, 4004, 5004, 5012, 5035 & 5036
  • Three 2-person rooms on the 1st floor
    • 1018, 1020 & 1021
  • Fifteen 2-person rooms on the 4th floor
    • 4014, 4015, 4016, 4019, 4020, 4021, 4022, 4023, 4024, 4025, 4027, 4028, 4029, 4030 & 4031

To support a variety of needs, some study rooms cannot be reserved.  They are:

  • One single-person room on the 3rd floor
    • 3048
  • The ADA Accessible single-person rooms on the 4th floor
    • 4026 & 4032
  • Fifteen 2-person rooms on the 5th floor
    • 5016, 5017, 5018, 5021, 5022, 5023, 5024, 5025, 5026, 5027, 5029, 5030, 5031, 5032 & 5033.

All non-reserved rooms will remain open and available on a first-come first-served basis.  Rooms will never be locked.  The Library reserves the right to cancel study room reservations.  The Library staff will notify the holder of any canceled reservation.

All study room reservations may be canceled by the Library staff if the minimum number of students as required below are not present during the reservation.  The Library staff must be notified by a group who meets the requirements below for the reservation to be canceled.

  • At least 3 students are needed to reserve a 4-person room
  • At least 4 students are needed to reserve a 6-person room
  • At least 6 students are needed to reserve a 8-person room

The minimum number of students needed to use a conference room is posted on each room.

Adverse Possession Rule:

Adverse possession is only available during Library Service Hours.

The process begins once a student has notified the Library staff at the Patron Services Desk by requesting adverse possession of an empty room by room number.  (If the room is a group room, the requestor must have the requisite number of students for the room size).  Then, if the reserved room remains continually empty (including possessions) for 20 minutes, the Library staff will cancel the reservation.   So, students who reserve a room can be 20 minutes late without being subject to adverse possession.

Providing false information for the study room adverse possession process is considered a violation of Library Policies and may create a Student Conduct Code violation.

Reservation Parameters

  • Students must use their STCL email to reserve rooms.
  • Reservations must be confirmed to be valid.
  • Each student can have 3 active reservations at a time.
  • Each reservation can be up to 3 hours.
  • Conference rooms can be reserved 4 days in advance of the reservation.
  • 2-person rooms can be reserved 2 days in advance of the reservation.
  • Only STCL Houston Students may Reserve Rooms. Exceptions to this can only be made by Library staff.

Student Study Room Capacity

1st Floor

1010: 6 person (4 minimum)

1012: 6 person (4 minimum)

1014: 6 person (4 minimum)

1018: 2 person

1020: 2 person

1021: 2 person

 

2nd Floor

2004: 6 person (4 minimum)

 

3rd Floor

3004: 8 person (6 minimum)

3005: 4 person (3 minimum)

3027: 4 person (3 minimum)

3028: 4 person (3 minimum)

3029: 4 person (3 minimum)

3030: 4 person (3 minimum)

3031: 4 person (3 minimum)

3032: 4 person (3 minimum)

3033: 6 person (4 minimum)

3034: 4 person (3 minimum)

3035: 4 person (3 minimum)

3036: 4 person (3 minimum)

3048: 1 person

 

4th Floor

4004: 8 person (6 minimum)

4014: 2 person

4015: 2 person

4016: 2 person

4019: 2 person

4020: 2 person

4021: 2 person

4022: 2 person

4023: 2 person

4024: 2 person

4025: 2 person

4026: 1 person (ADA Accessible)

4027: 2 person

4028: 2 person

4029: 2 person

4030: 2 person

4031: 2 person

4032: 1 person (ADA Accessible)

 

5th Floor

5004: 6 person (4 minimum)

5012: 6 person (4 minimum)

5016: 2 person

5017: 2 person

5018: 2 person

5021: 2 person

5022: 2 person

5023: 2 person

5024: 2 person

5025: 2 person

5026: 2 person

5027: 2 person

5029: 2 person

5030: 2 person

5031: 2 person

5032: 2 person

5033: 2 person

5035: 6 person (4 minimum)

5036: 6 person (4 minimum)