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Seat Reservations: Policy and Procedures

The Penn Libraries is committed to providing a safe environment conducive to study and research. All patrons who reserve a seat must comply with the following regulations.


  • All active Penn students, faculty, and staff will be eligible to reserve seats. 
  • Patrons must comply with Penn's COVID-19 testing protocols and show a confirmed reservation for entry. A PennCard will be required for swipe access to the space.
  • Each individual may reserve one seat per day for a minimum of 1 hour and up to 3 hours.
  • Reservations must made no less than 12 hours in advance.
  • Patrons may cancel their reservations if needed. The Libraries requests cancellations be made 24 hours in advance or more, if possible, so the seat can be re-opened for another student.

Using the Space

  • Patrons must abide by all safety precautions described in the Student Campus Compact, including wearing face coverings and adhering to social distancing requirements.
  • Patrons are welcome to bring water. No other food or drink is permitted in the study space.
  • This space will operate as a quiet study area. Cell phone calls must be taken outside the building.
  • If a patron needs to briefly leave the building, they may return within their reservation window. A reservation confirmation must be shown for re-entry.
  • The library remains otherwise closed to patrons at this time. Patron access to book stacks is by appointment only. With the exception of equipment in the Butler Assistive Technology Room, library computers (including laptop loans), chargers, scanners, or any other technological equipment will not be available for use. Mark's Café also remains closed.
  • Each patron must stay in the seat assigned to them. We ask that patrons avoid leaving their seats to move around the study space except when using the restroom or printer.
  • Patrons must wipe down their workspace after use. Sanitizing wipes will be provided.
  • Patrons must leave promptly when their reservations expire.
  • Policies and procedures apply to all study spaces, including individual study rooms.


The Penn Libraries will refer violations of the Student Campus Compact to the University’s Compact Review Panel. Patrons who do not comply with the Libraries’ guidelines for space usage will be asked to leave the space and may be prevented from making future seat reservations.

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