Campaigning for peace and quiet: Room also for a group study work

Silence has been the ongoing theme in the Peace and Quiet Campaign all week. However, the library also has spaces in which discussion is allowed. That is why the last theme of the campaign is group study rooms.

There are a total of 30 group study rooms in two learning centres and four libraries. The Main Library’s small group study rooms moved on the 4th floor in the summer 2017, and only two bigger rooms (5005 and 6005) are still on the 5th and 6th floor.

In addition to separate rooms, there are also open spaces for group work, which do not need to be reserved beforehand. Such spaces you’ll find for example at the Learning Centre Minerva and on the first floor of the Terkko Health Hub.

The maximum period for a reservation is 2 hours/group/day

In the busiest weeks of the spring term, group work rooms are 70-80% reserved. Due to high demand, the reservation is limited to two hours per group.

Do not make consecutive reservations for the same group on the same day so that other groups have the same opportunity to book and use group study rooms.

Also, do not reserve group study room for a private reading space. Group study rooms are specifically intended for group work, and can not be reserved for personal use only.

It is ok to use the group study room when there are no reservations, but groups who have made a reservation always take precedence.

Do the booking in your OWA (Outlook Web App) -calendar

The group facilities can only be reserved by the students and staff of the University of Helsinki. All of the library’s and learning centres’ group study rooms are reserved with the HU Office 365 calendar.

Calendar’s roomlists also include spaces that students can not book. Therefore all group facilities in the various library locations are called Group Study Room to make it easier to identify them.

The instructions for booking and rules for using a group study room are available on the library’s web site Services > Group Facilities

See also Reserving Group Facilities with Mobile Devices


Campaigning for Peace and Quiet in the Helsinki University Library

Changes in group work rooms in Kaisa House during summer

The Main Library’s group study rooms will be centralized to the 4th floor

The small group study rooms on the floors 5-7 will move to the 4th floor during June and July. The larger rooms for group work (5005 and 6005) on the floors 5 and 6 facing Kaisaniemenkatu will remain as they are.

The five quiet reading rooms on the 4th floor will be changed into group study rooms. Accordingly the five group study rooms on the upper floors will be organized for quiet study. Thus possible noise from the group study rooms will no longer disturb those who want to study in peace and quiet.

Rooms on the fourth floor 4038 and 4040 will be provided with separating walls in order to achieve two more rooms. After the change there will be 10 group study rooms on the 4th floor: the rooms 4033-4043 on the long wall facing Fabianinkatu and a separate larger room 4005 facing Kaisaniemenkatu.

Group study rooms will be centralized to the 4th floor and quiet study spaces will move to the floors 5-7.

The work will start during week 23 (June 5-11)

The work will be carried out gradually during June and July starting from the 4th floor reading spaces which will be withdrawn from use on week 23.

From June 5th onwards the small group study rooms on the floors 5-7 (5039, 5040, 6040, 6041, and 7048) cannot be reserved until further notice. However, if there isn’t ongoing work in the rooms, they can be used freely. Watch notes on the room entrances.

The new group study rooms on the 4th floor as well as the new reading spaces on the floors 5-7 are free for use as soon as the work is finished in each room.

Please remember to follow the group study room rules

Especially during rush hours in spring it is important to keep your reservations prompt and cancel if the reserved space is no longer needed. The same rules are valid in all the library’s group study rooms including learning centres.

The maximum time for a reservation is 2 hours. If nobody shows up the reservation will expire. If possible, cancel the reservation in the office calendar to avoid no-show reservations.

Rules of the group facilities

Group study rooms in Terkko unavailable from May 15th, 2017

The Meilahti Campus Library Terkko is preparing for alteration work that will start in May 2017.

The three group study rooms and the auditorium in Terkko will still be available during week 19 (May 8th – 12th), but starting on Monday, May 15th, group study rooms and the auditorium can no longer be reserved.

The Meilahti Campus Library Terkko will be closed for renovations from Monday, May 22nd 2017, and the new premises will open in autumn 2017.

Further information about the renovations will become available in March-April.