Monday, December 10

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Alternative Non-Library Study Rooms - read all the way down for the lame joke if you're so inclined.
From Kelly in the Knowledge Commons (my apologies for wonky formatting):

Residence Halls:

Information provided on the Student Affairs Website (

"To reserve rooms in the residence hall commons areas, you must be a registered student group, and have a contact person that lives on campus. All non-registered student groups must be co-sponsored by Residence Life or an area government to reserve space.

Any reservations that require University contracts or security need to be submitted at least four weeks in advance. If reservations requiring these services are received with less than four weeks' notice they may be declined/refused due to time and staffing restrictions and limitations. All reservations requiring food approval need to be submitted 10 business days prior to the event.

Please allow two to three business days for all reservations to be processed."


Halls with study spaces:


Warnock, Redifer, Pollock, 

East Halls:


Rooms available for study/reservation:

122, 124 Findlay

                         102, 103 Johnston

106, 108 109, 110 Fischer    

Note on East Halls: No reservation required for group study, only for groups and meetings, using the online system ( Room are available for group study 24 hours.  Also, For the Commons  listed above possibly one of the students has to live there.    

Bank of America Career Services :

The building has some recruiter/interviewee rooms big enough for 2 people and 2 laptops. They also have a larger conference room that is available the 6th and 7th with tables and chairs. They can call or just stop in. They can get the info on the website:


Building Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

Penn State Learning Study Spaces:
From Penn State Learning's Website (

"Penn State Learning provides areas where groups of up to six students can work on projects, assignments, or presentations for classes. Each teamwork area features a large table, up to six chairs, an ITS computer, and either a whiteboard or chalkboard. * Note - we do not provide headphones or external microphones."  

"Guidelines: Reservations may be made in advance, however walk-ins are welcome.  Teamwork areas can be reserved for a maximum of 3 hours. You may request additional time only if there are openings at the end of your session. If your group is 15 minutes late, your reservation will be forfeited."

More information is available at the above URL.




                        Rooms Available for study/reservation: 7b

Information from Penn State Learning's Website:


"Our new Problem Practice & Teamwork Room in 7B Sparks is designed as a small classroom for board work and group projects.  The room is designed so that five or six students can work simultaneously at whiteboards on problems displayed on a large computer monitor.  Portable chairs, folding tables, and one whiteboard may be arranged to suit instructional and group needs. The room can accommodate up to ten in a seminar or conference room set-up. Instructors with limited office space are welcome to reserve 7B Sparks for meeting with student groups during regular hours. 
The room is also ideal for math oral assessments."



Sparks hours:


6:00 PM - 10:00 PM


10:00 AM - 10:00 PM


10:00 AM - 3:00 PM



               Boucke Learning Center:

                              Rooms available for study/reservation: 220 Boucke

·         Teamwork Area 1(A): Seats up to 6, PC, 2 whiteboards

·         Teamwork Area 2(B):  Seats up to 6, Mac, chalkboard and whiteboard

·         Teamwork Area 3(C):  Seats up to 6, PC, 2 whiteboards

·         Teamwork Area 4(D): Seats up to 10, 1 PC, chalkboard

·         Teamwork Area 5(E): Seats up to 6, PC, whiteboard

·         Teamwork Area 6(F): Seats up to 6, PC, chalkboard and whiteboard

Boucke Hours:



6:00  AM 0 10:00 PM

Monday - Thursday


10:00 AM - 10:00 PM




10:00 AM - 3:00 PM






IST Building:

The building houses several computer labs that are open 24hrs a day, although some are only for use by Computer Science majors or students with approved projects/classes.  (220 IST is the lab that is open to all students). A Penn State ID is required for entry to labs, and for building entry at night and on weekends.  Go to

for more information. 

Pasquerilla Spiritual Center/Eisenhower Chapel

Hours: 8am to 10:30pm


Spaces for study:

·         Eisenhower Chapel

·         Worship Hall

·         Garden Room (good for study--sits 64 with round tables and chairs)

·         Memorial Lounge (has couches, and tables)

·         Various comfortable chairs available throughout building

Note: these spaces are reserved for religious worship and group meetings.  They are only available to students who want group study space if they have not previously been reserved by the religious groups.  They may only be reserved for group study in person on a drop-in basis.

Also, there will be snacks available throughout finals week!  So that's fun.



Information on Study Spaces, excerpted from  Penn State Live article: (

-- Business Building
The Business Building offers various places to study, whether students choose one of the couches on the ground floor or hole up in one of the classrooms. Either way, the atmosphere offers quiet places to buckle down with the books.

-- Hammond Building
There's a library and a computer lab on the third floor, all in a classroom building close to downtown.

-- Hintz Family Alumni Center
Many students have only been here for a Blue and White Society bash, but the leather couches, long tables and serene atmosphere offer a great place to study from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and occasionally on Saturdays. 

-- HUB Study Rooms
While many students may think the HUB-Robeson Center is too noisy to get work done, surprise, surprise -- study rooms behind the art gallery on the second floor near the HUB Auditorium offer a secluded, quiet place to study.

-- Life Sciences Building, 3rd floor bridge between Life Sciences and Chemistry buildings
Those who really love the comfy chairs in the Harry Potter room but never get a seat now have a new spot to call their own. The study area on the bridge is filled with comfy chairs all lined along the window to provide a great view of Shortlidge Road.

Joke of the Day:

Luke Skywalker: Dear Miss Manners, now that the Evil Empire is defeated, I spend most of my time as a goodwill ambassador to alien cultures, where I find many unfamiliar customs. Can you give me any simple, universal advice about table manners?

Miss Manners: Use the forks, Luke


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