Study room changes for the end of the semester

ANNA FRIEDRICHSEN | the Statesman Group study rooms in the Kathryn A. Martin library cannot be reserved for the rest of the semester. Study rooms will be a first-come, first-serve basis due to a glitch in the reservation system.


“There was a huge technical issue. An update in April broke the group study room system,” library director Matthew Rosendahl said.


When study rooms are full, students will be given a buzzer that will go off when a room becomes available.

According to Rosendahl, there have been no issues with the temporary elimination of study room reservations. Those that have noticed the change have made simple inquiries.

“You know, I really didn’t even notice you couldn’t reserve the rooms. I always use the individual desks on the third and fourth floors,” junior Hannah Johnson said. “It’s a bummer for those that do use the rooms, but I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.”

The first and second floors are alternative meeting spots for groups, according to Rosendahl.

“There’s 21 group study rooms,” Rosendahl said. “And we have seating for 1,600 people.”


With finals week fast approaching, students will flock to the library to fill many of those seats—more than ever before during this semester.

“We’re busier the week before finals week,” Rosendahl said.

Knowing just how stressful the last week of classes is, the library also hosts Stress-less Week, which will take place April 24-29. There will be activities at the library all day during the week, including Coffee with Champ, massages, smoothies, PAWS and more. All activities are free.

“We always get positive feedback on these activities,” Rosendahl said.

To help with students’ need to get things done, the library will have extended hours starting Saturday April 23. Each day the library will be open from  7:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. until Friday May 6, when the library will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Questions about group study rooms? Visit the circulation desk or call (218)-726-8102.

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