Research Study Rooms

Research study rooms are assigned to individual users for research and other scholarly activities that require extensive use of library materials.


Iowa State University faculty members, professional/scientific staff members, visiting scholars, and graduate students who are in the writing phase of their dissertation or thesis. Exceptions to these categories are made at the discretion of the Head of Space and Stacks Management Department.


Applications can be picked up at the Main desk in Parks Library or request one via email at Application questions can be directed the aforementioned email or by calling the Main Desk at 515-294-3961.

There is usually a waiting list for these rooms. Applications should be made in advance if possible. Generally, these rooms are shared spaces because of the high level of demand. No more than two persons will share a room.

Research study rooms are normally assigned for periods not to exceed one year. Renewal requests are considered on the basis of availability and need.


Must be actively engaged in projects that require a concentrated use of Parks Library's materials. These rooms are not intended for general office purposes and are to be used only by those individuals assigned to them. The Library reserves the right to reassign study rooms that are not being used regularly.

Library materials should first be checked out at the Main Desk. Library materials not checked out must be returned daily for reshelving. Library personnel perform periodic checks of all assigned studies to ensure library materials are properly checked out and research study room use guidelines are being followed.

Essential furniture is provided for each study, and additional furniture may not be added without authorization. The Library is not responsible for personal property left in these rooms. All Library rules and regulations apply to these rooms. No smoking, use of tobacco products, or consumption of food is allowed, although beverages are permitted in covered, spill-proof containers.

At the end of the assigned period, the key or keys issued for each study room must be returned promptly to Main Desk staff or the user will be billed.