Policies for Room Use
Single Study rooms are available to current UNO students, faculty, and staff only for up to three hours.
Keys are available for checkout at the circulation desk. The key is the sole responsibility of the user to whom it is checked out. Rooms that have been reserved but are not checked out within 15 minutes after the start time will be released for use by another individual.
Patrons who do not abide by these policies will forfeit their single study room privileges for the remainder of the day.
- Rooms are intended for individual use only.
- Group study rooms are available for collaborative work.
- Rooms may be reserved up to four weeks in advance either on the library website, in person, or over the phone.
- A room may be renewed if the following three hour block has not been reserved by another person. Renewals may be done 10 minutes prior to when the key is due back at the Main Service Desk.
- Rooms must be vacated and the key returned to the Main Service Desk 15 minutes before the library is scheduled to close. Fines will accrue if the key is not returned on time to the Main Service Desk.
- The room is intended for academic study and research purposes. Individuals that engage in non-academic or disruptive behavior will be asked to leave the study room.
Group study rooms are available to current UNO students, faculty and staff only for up to three hours.
Keys are available for checkout at the circulation desk. The key is the sole responsibility of the user to whom it is checked out. Do not give the key to other members of the group. Rooms that have been reserved but are not checked out within 15 minutes after the start time will be released for use by another group.
Patrons who do not abide by these policies will forfeit their group study room privileges for the remainder of the day.
- Rooms are intended for use by groups of two or more. Individual use is not allowed.
- Rooms may be reserved up to four weeks in advance either on the Library website, in person or over the phone.
- A room may be renewed if the following three hour block has not been reserved by another group. Renewals may be done 10 minutes prior to when the key is due back at the Main Service Desk.
- Rooms can only be reserved for three hours at a time by a study group.
- Individuals in the study group may not make multiple back-to-back reservations to increase the reservation time.
- Rooms must be vacated and the key returned to the Main Service Desk 15 minutes before the Library is scheduled to close. Fines will accrue if the key is not returned on time to the Main Service Desk.
- The room is intended for academic study and research purposes. Groups that engage in non-academic or disruptive behavior will be asked to leave the study room.
EligibilityCurrently enrolled graduate students in good standing in their respective schools are eligible to apply for a study carrel. Graduate assistants who have office space available to them are not eligible for these carrels. Notification of such office space will result in loss of carrel assignment.
The following list prioritizes those individuals eligible for a carrel:
- Ph.D. candidates
- Masters students
- Honors students
Disbursement & Length of AssignmentsCarrels are assigned on a per-semester basis and eligible users may renew them for subsequent semesters.
Carrel location will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may request a specific individual to share the carrel space. The library will make every attempt to accommodate sharing requests.
Unless otherwise approved, two students per carrel will be assigned. The carrels must be shared on a mutually-agreeable time-share basis: Occupants are encouraged to regularly discuss and agree on time-sharing schedules and the shared file drawer.
Library staff will not negotiate time-sharing for carrels and are not responsible for personal contents stored in the shared drawer nor the overhead bins. If no agreement on scheduling can be reached between the two occupants, one of the occupants may move to another carrel if one is available.
SecurityStudents will be issued a key to one individual overhead locking bin and a key for the shared file drawer. Keys may not be duplicated or loaned to other individuals. Keys must be returned to the Main Service Desk at the end of the loan period.
Loss of a key or failure to return a key will incur a charge of $69 for lock change and installation costs. A library hold will be placed on the student's account until payment is made.
Lost keys should be reported immediately to the Circulation Desk. Replacement keys will be made available after payment of required charges.
- Notices for carrel renewals will be distributed via email a week before the following dates:
- December 10 for the following spring semester
- May 2 for the following summer & fall semesters
Failure to receive a carrel renewal notice does not excuse a patron from overdue fines.
Carrel renewal or the return of carrel keys is required by the close of the academic semester.
Carrels may be renewed as long as an occupant is currently enrolled or currently teaching at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
- Assignment of study carrels is intended to provide eligible students a place to work on a project or conduct research on a regular basis during the period for which the carrel is assigned.
- To protect patron privacy, library staff will not divulge carrel assignments to outside parties. However, shared carrel occupants may be provided the contact information of other carrel occupant to set up time-sharing agreements.
- All library policies apply to study carrels, including no use of cell phones.
- Graduate study carrels are available for use only during the hours the library is open.
- Library materials kept in carrels must be checked out to the assigned occupant. Library materials located in study carrels are subject to overdue notices, recalls, and other library policies. The carrel assignment may be revoked immediately if the library finds the following within the carrel:
- circulating library property that is not checked out to the assignee
- non-circulating items such as reference materials and journals
- Food is not allowed in library carrels. Please do not consume or store food items in your carrel. Beverages are allowed in covered cups.
- Personal belongings may be kept in the carrel's locking bins; however, neither the University of Nebraska Omaha nor the library assume any responsibility for damage to, theft, or loss of personal property kept on or in the carrels and their associated bins and drawers. It is recommended that valuable property, (e.g. laptops, cell phones, etc.) not be left in the carrels.
- All library materials left unattended on the carrel work surface will be collected and re-shelved during the regular course of library operations.
- Study carrels are not soundproof. Please be considerate of other library users.
- Nothing is to be permanently posted or attached in any way to the walls, furniture, or any other surface or area in the carrel.
- A carrel is to be used exclusively by the person to whom it has been assigned and cannot be loaned or transferred to another party. Patrons who loan or transfer their carrels to another party will lose checkout privileges to that carrel.
- Carrels not in regular use should be surrendered. If you find that you are not making use of your carrel, please inform the Main Service Desk and return both keys so that the carrel may be reassigned.
- If scheduling conflicts arise between carrel occupants, one or both of the occupants may move to another available carrel. Library staff reserves the right to restrict carrel changes if they become too frequent.
University of Nebraska full-time tenured and tenure track faculty, full-time non-tenure track, part-time, adjunct, Emeriti or retired faculty are eligible for faculty study carrels. Faculty applicants must be working on a specific project or research in order to be assigned a study.
Disbursement of Assignments
Faculty will be assigned study carrels on a first-come, first served basis.
Length of Assignments
Faculty may retain access to the study or carrels for as long as they are eligible. Occupants are asked to notify the library if they no longer need access.
Carrels should be locked at all times when not in use. Criss Library assumes no responsibility for the loss of or damage to personal possessions that are kept in study carrels. Failure to comply with study carrel policies will be cause for withdrawal of the carrel assignment. Study carrel policies are posted in each study carrel.
- Access to Faculty Study Carrels is through the main Library Faculty Study doors. A Prox Card is necessary for entrance into this area.
- Study Carrels are open during regular library hours only.
- Objects are not to be attached in any manner to study carrel walls, doors, or glass panels.
- A lock change and key replacement fee will be assessed in the event of lost keys.
- Study Carrels are not substitute offices and are assigned only to the individual signing the agreement. However, occupants may formally request to share a study with another eligible occupant
- All library material must be checked out prior to being housed in the carrels.
- Study carrels will be checked regularly; books and periodicals not checked out will be returned to the shelves.
- A notice will be left for materials not properly checked out to patrons. A second notice will constitute grounds for automatic termination of carrel assignment during a semester.
- Journal issues and bound volumes are not to be left in carrels, and they will be removed.
- Carrel occupants are responsible for renewing any materials kept in their carrel.
- Recalled items will not be retrieved from the study for the occupant. The faculty member is responsible for returning books prior to leaving the area for extended periods of time.
- A faculty member who is planning to be away on a foreign study program or a leave of absence must relinquish the study carrel prior to leaving the area.
- All library and personal materials must be removed from the study carrel by the faculty member. Department chairs will be contacted regarding any needed arrangements for materials left in a study.
- Small appliances (including electrical space heaters) are prohibited in study carrels.
- Commensurate with library policy, food, and drinks in spill proof metal or plastic containers may be used, but not stored, in the study carrels.
- Library furniture from other areas of the building may not be moved into the carrels.
- All library materials or personal items left in carrels, including personal computers, are left at the risk of the carrel occupant. The library assumes no responsibility or liability for items lost or stolen from a study carrel.
The Theater Room is available to UNO students, faculty, and staff for up to three hours. Academic use of this room will supersede non-academic use.
Keys are available for checkout at the circulation desk. A consent form must be signed each semester. The key is the sole responsibility of the user to whom it is checked out. Do not give the key to other members of the group. Rooms that have been reserved but are not checked out within 15 minutes after the start time will be released for use by another group.
- Room is only for viewing/discussion of film and multi-media productions. X-Rated films cannot be viewed in this room.
- Academic use of this room supersedes non-academic use.
- Only current UNO faculty, staff, and students are eligible to reserve the Theater Room, which may be booked four weeks in advance and may be booked for up to a three hour period. The theater room is available for booking during all library hours.
- The patron is responsible for the key at all times during the check out period and is liable for any damage incurred during that time.
- If equipment or room is damaged, the patron will be fined based on the amount of damage, a hold will be placed on their account with the Office of the University Registrar and the patron will lose all checkout privileges until the fine is paid.
- Transcripts will be held until the fee is paid.
- Rooms 112, 232, and 249* are kept available for library instruction throughout the months of September and October in the fall, and February and March in the spring. During these four months, reservations for purposes other than library instruction will be accepted no more than one week in advance.
- For all other months, reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact us by phone at 402.554.3003 to schedule, or use the web form to Schedule Library Instruction or Reserve Lab Space
- Due to heavy lecture scheduling by the Research Services Unit staff, the rooms may not be available on the dates or times requested.
- The labs are for library and information literacy instruction, as well as public labs for our library users, and cannot be scheduled for regular university classes.
- Reservations made for use by non-UNO users (high school) are subject to cancellation if the room is needed for UNO library instruction.
Condition of Room
- The rooms are to be left neat and clean.
- Return all seating to original configuration.
- Computer connections are not to be tampered with.
- Computers and video projector are to be shut down and the projection screen raised unless there is a class immediately following. (Please check the schedule outside the classroom.)
*Room 249 may be exempted from this policy if the room is being booked for collaborative learning or if the technology in the room is pedagogically necessary to the class.