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About the Library

In this Research Guide, you will learn about the library and all services provided.

Study Rooms and Areas

Single Study Rooms


To create an environment that meets the study and work needs of our campus community, we have separated the library into designated areas:

First Floor

The first floor of the library has been designated as an Open Study Area.

  • Small groups may use the tables provided for study or the group study rooms
  • Individuals may use the tablet chairs
  • A level of low-volume conversation should be observed

Second Floor

The second floor of the library has been designated as a Quiet Study Area.

  • Individual study rooms and carrels are available throughout the floor
  • Small groups of no more than two may also use the individual rooms
  • Larger groups should use the group study rooms

When using the Quiet Study Area, you are encouraged to be as quiet as possible while you work. Please respect others using the designated area by keeping unnecessary noise to a minimum. If you need to have a conversation or play audio or video material during your study time, please do so in closed study rooms, use headphones, or move to other places not designated as a Quiet Study Area.

Students not adhering to Quiet Study Area regulations will be asked to lower their voice or to relocate to the first floor.

If you need assistance with using or accessing a study room, inquire for help from a librarian at the Research Information Desk.


Study areas are on the first floor in the reference area, the periodicals area, and against the back wall. Additional individual study areas (carrels) are available throughout the 2nd floor.


Individual Study Rooms and Carrels

Eleven individual study rooms (1-2 people) and carrels are available on the second floor.

Group Study Rooms

Group study rooms (3 - 6 people) are on the first and second floors of the building. All group study rooms have whiteboards and computers. Markers and erasers are available and can be requested at the Circulation Services Desk and the Administrative Office (Room 200).

Study Room Use

  • Group study rooms are for use by current PGCC students only.
  • Guests may use the individual study rooms during the following times: Monday - Friday after 4:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • Access: ​
    • For the second floor: go to the Administrative Office (room 200) for access from 8:30 am - 3:45 pm.
    • For the first floor: go to the Circulation Services Desk

Each student must present a current valid PGCC photo ID to enter all study rooms. 
No other photo ID will be accepted. 


Study Room Rules

  • PGCC Photo ID is required
    • College IDs are retained until room is vacated
    • For second floor rooms,IDs left in the Administrative Office (room 200) after 4:00 pm will be taken to the Circulation Services Desk for pick-up
  • ​Time limit: 2 hours
  • Room capacity limits:
    • Single Rooms: 1-2 persons
    • Group Rooms: 3-6 persons
  • Usage: Quiet academic study only
    • ​Sleeping, club meeting, gaming, and any other non-academic activities are not allowed
    • Tutoring is allowed in the open areas of the 1st floor only
  • Food and drink: in Café Accokeek (1st floor) only
  • Rooms are NOT soundproof. Keep sound levels low at all time

Anyone occupying rooms will be held accountable for adhering to these rules. Those violating the rules will be restricted from future use. Campus police will be called for repeat offenders.