Study Room Renovations! – St. Thomas Libraries Blog
SMART board room in O'Shaughnnesy-Frey Library with table, white board, and SMART board

Study Room Renovations!

New features are available in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library study rooms 321 and 322! The St. Thomas Libraries and The Susan S. Morrison School of Nursing collaborated to renovate the third-floor study rooms and added smart boards, whiteboards, and converted walls into drawable surfaces.

Dr. Sheila Yeh, the Associate Vice Provost for University Libraries and Online Education, was pleased with this collaboration. She said “It’s important that we advanced these two group study rooms based on student feedback. These types of spaces, that support broader student successes, also align with Gen Z’s preferences.”

Jessica Nelson, the Student Success Director at the Susan S. Morrison School of Nursing, said “We encourage our students to utilize a variety of learning techniques when they approach their studies. The large writing spaces allow for kinesthetic and visual learners to mind map, chart, and illustrate course materials in an engaging way that will support long-term retention of information.”

All students are welcome to reserve and use this space. Need whiteboard markers? The O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library has whiteboard markers available for check out.

Room showing a table, whiteboard wall, and smartboard

Room showing a table, whiteboard wall, and smartboard

Interested in reserving one of these study rooms for your next study session? Here’s how!

From the library homepage, click on “Reserve a Study Room” on the top right hand corner:

Screenshot of library home page with an arrow pointing to the Reserve a Room link in the upper right corner

Choose the study room location that works for you:

Screenshot of the main room reservation page

Red sections of the calendar are already reserved. Green sections are available – the revamped study rooms are on the bottom of the calendar under OSF Smart boards:

Screenshot of the reservation page listing available rooms. Red is unavailable, green is available.

Select the time you’d like to reserve – the calendar will mark it in yellow as “pending”, slick “submit times”:

Screenshot of selecting a time from the available time slots

Double-check that the hours are what you wanted, and review the terms & conditions

Screenshot of booking details such as room location, date, and time

You’ll be able to reserve the booking under any name you decide – many students choose a name their study group will recognize. Click “submit my booking” and your reservation will be confirmed via email.

Screenshot of submitting the reservation after confirming details.

When you get to the library, head to the front desk and let the friendly library staff person know that you have a booking – they’ll get you a key to the study room. Happy Studying!

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