Study Room Use

The Boca Raton Public Library (BRPL) has quiet and low-volume individual and group study areas available for patron use. These study areas are designed to meet the needs of patrons to study quietly or work together in small groups or through virtual sessions using low-volume conversation for assigned periods of time.
  • Downtown Library
    • 6 small study rooms: Available to low-conversation individual or group of one to two individuals.
    • 4 large study rooms: Available to low-conversation groups of two to four individuals. At least two group members must be present to obtain a key.
  • Spanish River Library
    • 2 large study rooms: Available to low-conversation groups of two to four individuals. At least two group members must be present in order to obtain a key.
    • 8 individual study cubicles in a quiet study-only room. No key required.
    • Mezzanine: Study tables open to quiet study only for individuals or groups in a large open-space room. No key required.

Study Room Sign-Up

Study rooms are available on a first come, first served basis to active BRPL cardholders whose accounts are in good standing. A patron's BRPL card (or photo ID verified against the patron's account) must be presented at the Check-Out Desk in order to obtain a study room key.

Use of Study Rooms at Downtown Library and Spanish River Library

The Library's Rules of Conduct apply to study room use and must be observed at all times. The following additional rules must be followed when using a study room. Violation of study room use rules may result in the loss of study room privileges for the remainder of the day.
  • Never leave your valuables behind. Please take your valuables with you if you leave a study room, as the Library does not guarantee their security.
  • At least one person must stay in the room at all times. A vacant room may be reassigned to other users.
  • Any unattended belongings in a study room that has been vacant for 30 minutes will be placed in the Lost and Found by Library staff.
  • If two people are assigned to a large study room and one of the party leaves, Library staff may ask the remaining occupant to move to a different study room.
  • Patrons under the age of 9 cannot occupy a study room without a second person at least 12 years of age in the room with them at all times.
  • The person whose Library Card/Photo ID is exchanged for a room key will be held responsible for all conduct violations in the room.
  • The room must be left in the same condition that it was found in. The person whose Library Card/Photo ID is exchanged for a room key will be held responsible for any damages to the room, library equipment and supplies, or library collection materials in the room.
  • Study rooms are intended for traditional study or informal group meetings and are not to be used for commercial purposes. The use of study rooms as a place to conduct business or as a place to hold office hours is prohibited.
  • When a group vacates a study room, the person signing for the room must return the room key to the Check-Out Desk in exchange for the return of his or her Library Card/Photo ID.
  • Furniture may not be removed from or brought into a study room.
  • If you are disturbed while using the study rooms by noise from someone in an adjacent study room, we encourage you to please let Library staff know immediately so we can address it with the person(s).

Study Room Time Limit

Study rooms may be checked out for up to two hours at a time when there is no wait list. If a study room is vacated for 30 minutes or more before the two-hour block is up, the remainder of the two hours is forfeited. Study room keys must be returned before leaving the library or 10 minutes before closing.

Study Room Renewals

Provided there is no one waiting on the wait list, renewals may be accepted 15 minutes prior to the expiration time of the room. A party's additional use (renewal) may take place later in the day and need not be continuous with the first use.

Study Room Wait List

To be placed on the wait list, inquire at the Check-Out Desk.

The wait list is for those who have not already checked out a study room that day or who wish to renew. Parties wishing to renew a room when there is a wait list may be added to the wait list once per day. If rooms are available and there is no wait list, study rooms may be checked out for up to 2 hours  at a time throughout the day.

To remain on the wait list, the party must remain in the building. A reasonable attempt will be made (in person or by phone) to notify a party when a room is available. If staff cannot locate/contact the party after 5 minutes, the room will go to the next party on the wait list.

Use of Other Study Spaces

Study Cubicles: The Spanish River Library provides a room containing eight individual study cubicles. In addition to the following rules, the Library's Rules of Conduct must be observed at all times. This room must be cleared of patrons 5 minutes before closing.
  • Spaces are available on a "first come, first served" basis. No key is required.
  • No time limits apply other than the Library's operating hours.
  • Cell phone conversations are to be taken to the lobby area or outside the building.
  • Any audible devices should be used only with headphones/ear buds and at a reasonable volume.
  • Anyone making loud or distracting noises may be asked by staff to leave the room.
Mezzanine: The Spanish River Library 2nd floor provides open, quiet study only individual and group study tables in a large open-space room, when program and event scheduling permits. In addition to the following rules, the Library's Rules of Conduct must be observed at all times. This room must be cleared of patrons 5 minutes before closing.
  • Spaces are available on a "first come, first served" basis. No key is required.
  • No time limits apply other than the Library's operating hours.
  • If the mezzanine space has been scheduled for a program or an event, patrons may be asked to relocate.
  • Cell phone conversations are to be taken to the adjacent gallery or outside on the patio.
  • Any audible devices should be used only with headphones/ear buds and at a reasonable volume.
  • Quiet study only is permitted. Anyone making loud or distracting noises may be asked by staff to leave the room.