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About Memorial Library

Reserving Memorial Library Facilities for Your Event

Several areas within Memorial Library may be reserved during Memorial Library’s operating hours for use by members of the Berry College community:

The Commons (Sandbox)

A collaborative project of Memorial Library and the Office of the Provost, the core of The Commons is a multi-faceted, highly adaptable classroom space dedicated to experimenting with new technology that will foster instruction and enhanced student learning in a collaborative environment. The flexible layout encourages team-learning and small group/seminar-style discussions. The technology allows and encourages students to share ideas within a smaller group or to contribute work from multiple devices on a single central display for the whole class to see.

The Commons is available for reservation by faculty and staff on a first-come-first-served basis between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. Between 5pm and 10pm, The Commons is reserved for Academic Success Center programming such as ASC Sessions and individual consultations, and is also available for open study. After 10pm, The Commons is not available for reservations. When not reserved, the space is open and available for free study to all members of the Berry community.

The Commons is unavailable for reservations during final exams.

Go to the Library's Room Reservation page to check availability and place a reservation.

Faculty wishing to teach a course in The Commons for a full semester must first receive approval from the Provost. Please email library@berry.edu for more information.


Classroom

The Library Classroom is the primary space for Memorial Library’s instructional program, which takes priority over all other bookings. Members of the Berry community may reserve the space between 8am and 10pm if Memorial Library staff do not require it. In the event that the Classroom is needed for a library instruction session, we will contact you to reschedule your booking.   

Student groups or organizations may book the Classroom as a meeting space for no more than 2, 2-hour blocks each week during a semester. 

No reservations for the Classroom will be accepted after 10pm each evening. A confirmation email is required for reserved use of this space. When not reserved, the Classroom is open and available for free study to all members of the Berry community.

The Classroom is unavailable for reservation during final exams.

Go to the Library's Room Reservation page to check availability and place a reservation.

The Sandbox is a multi-faceted, highly adaptable classroom space dedicated to experimenting with new technology that will foster instruction and enhanced student learning in a collaborative environment.The flexible layout encourages team-learning and small group/seminar style discussions.

The technology allows and encourages students to share ideas within a smaller group or to contribute work from multiple devices on a single central display for the whole class to see.


Group Study Rooms
Three second-floor group study rooms are available on a first-come, first served basis. Each room seats approximately six at a single round table.


Individual Study Carrels
Five individual study carrels are available for checkout from the Library Service Desk. Each room is available for a 2-hour period.


Archives Reading Room
The Archives Reading Room provides four tables and is available for class reservation by emailing or calling the Archives (archives@berry.edu or 706-236-1738) at least one week in advance of the reservation date. The ready room is also available for Ultra Quiet Study each evening after 5pm and on weekend during regular library hours. Food and drink are discouraged in the space. 

Publicizing Your Event in Memorial Library

Any officially recognized Berry College group, or any group holding an event or activity on the Berry campus, may place one poster in Memorial Library without approval, on the bulletin boards & display wall near Java City.

Placement of all other publicity, including posters, fliers, banners, or other objects in or on Memorial Library must be approved in advance. Contact Memorial Library Director Sherre Harrington (706-236-2285 / sharrington@berry.edu).

Special Events

Other areas of Memorial Library are occasionally made available for special events organized by members of the Berry College community. Such use requires the approval of the Director. Memorial Library is not available for private functions such as weddings.

Use Outside of Library Operating Hours

In addition to any other approval required for the use of particular spaces, all use of Memorial Library outside the Library’s normal operating hours requires the approval of the Director.

The only approved public entrance to the building is the main Library Lawn entrance. All other entrances and exits are for staff and/or emergency use only, and may not be used to provide access to the building for events.

A Library staff member must be present at all times that the building is in use for an event. Event organizers may be required to reimburse the Library for the cost of staffing the building.