400 Library and Study Facilities

General Library & Study Facilities Codes comments: Study space is classified into five categories: study room, stack, open-stack study room processing room, and study service. Graduate study and reading rooms in departments tied to instructional programs are coded as Scholarly Activity (250). Offices used for library activities are classified as office facilities. A study room may contain equipment or materials which aid the study or learning process (e.g., microcomputers, computer terminals, multi-media carrels, typewriters, records, tapes) which do not restrict the room to a particular academic discipline or discipline group. Whereas a Study Room (410) may appear in virtually any type of building on campus (e.g., academic, residential, student service), Stacks (440), Open Stack Study Rooms (430), and Processing Rooms (460) are limited to central and branch libraries.

Only non-I&R program codes are allowed to use the 400 room use codes.


Data Value Name: STUDY ROOM

Definition: A room or area used by individuals to study at their convenience and which is not restricted to a particular subject or discipline by contained equipment.

Description: Includes study or reading rooms, "learning labs," or "computer labs" located in libraries, residential facilities, student service facilities, study carrel and booth areas, and similar rooms which are intended for general study purposes. Study stations may be grouped, as in a library reading room, or individualized, as in a carrel. Study stations may include microcomputers, typewriters, computer terminals or other multi-media equipment. Study rooms are primarily used by students or staff for learning at their own convenience, although access may be restricted by a controlling unit.

Exclusions: Does not include study rooms associated with an instructional program or departmental library (see 251-Department Library). Does not include open labs (270) which are restricted to a particular discipline or discipline group. This category also does not include commons (630 or 252) which are intended for casual interaction.

Data Value Name: OPEN STACK

Definition: A combination study room and stack, generally without physical boundaries between the stack and study areas located in central or branch libraries.

Description: Seating areas include those types of stations and seating arrangements described under Study Room (410). The stack areas of these rooms may include any of the educational material arrangements described under Stack (440). Includes rooms generally referred to as open stack study rooms or carrels. The room would ordinarily contain multiple rows of doubled-faced shelving units as opposed to single-faced units against the wall or serving as partitions.

Exclusions: Does not include study rooms that are associated with departments in instructional programs or departmental libraries; such rooms are more appropriately coded as Departmental Library (251). Does not include Study Rooms (410) which have no stack areas. Those stack areas which have only a few incidental chairs or other seating, without a formally arranged study seating area, should be coded as Stack (440).

Data Value Name: STACK

Definition: A room used to house arranged collections of educational materials located in central or branch libraries.

Description: Stacks are characterized by accessible, arranged, and managed collections. Collections can include books, periodicals, journals, monographs, micro-materials, electronic storage media (e.g., tapes, disks, slides, etc.), musical scores, maps, and other educational materials (e.g., soils collections). Includes circulation areas within the stacks including stairways, lifts, etc.

Exclusions: Does not include stacks associated with departmental libraries or study rooms in departments in instructional programs; such areas would be coded as Departmental Library (251). Also does not include general storage areas for such materials which serve a particular room or area; such rooms would take the appropriate service code. Examples of these service rooms include tape storage rooms for language laboratories (275), book storage rooms for classrooms (125), or music for general listening enjoyment (625). Also does not include collections of educational materials, regardless of form or type (e.g., books, tapes, museum collections, soil samples), which are for exhibition use (see 660, 665) as opposed to a study resource. Audio-visual film and tape libraries which generally serve groups rather than individuals are classified as Media Production Service (565). Tape storage for language laboratories is classified as Open Laboratory Service (275).

Data Value Name: STUDY SERV

Definition: A central or branch library room that directly serves study rooms, stacks, open-stack study rooms, or processing rooms as a direct extension of the activities in those rooms.

Description: Includes storage rooms, copy rooms, closets, locker rooms, coat rooms, and other typical service areas which support a primary study facilities room (see 410, 430, 440, 460).

Exclusions: Does not include service rooms which support Scholarly Activity rooms, such rooms should be classified as Scholarly Activity Service (255). Does not include Processing Rooms (460) which house specific library support processes and operations (e.g., bookbinding rooms, multi-media processing rooms).

Data Value Name: PROCESS RM

Definition: A room or area devoted to processes and operations in support of central or branch library functions.

Description: A Processing Room is intended for specific library operations which support the overall library mission. Included are card, microfiche, and on-line catalog areas; reference desk and circulation desk areas; bookbinding rooms; on-line search rooms; multi-media materials processing areas; interlibrary loan processing areas; and other areas with a specific process or operation in support of library functions.

Exclusions: Does not include processing rooms in departmental libraries (255). Areas which serve both as office stations and processing rooms should be coded according to primary use. Small incidental processing areas in larger stack or study areas should be included within the larger primary use room category (410, 430, 440, 460). Does not include typical support rooms which serve study and other primary activity areas, such as storage rooms, copy rooms, closets, and other service-type rooms (455).


Data Value Name: TUTORIAL

Definition: A room or area used primarily for tutoring or training in departments other than those in instructional programs.

Description:  Includes rooms used for providing training or supplemental instruction to students and staff in departments not tied to instructional programs. May be equipped with tablet arm chairs, tables and chairs, or similar types of seating. These rooms may contain computer, multi-media, telecommunications, or other equipment. These rooms are typically used to support training programs for administrative staff (e.g., a room in an office complex or building dedicated to training staff on personnel procedures or computer applications) or for students seeking supplemental instruction outside the core curriculum, often through a student services administered program.

Exclusions: Does not include classrooms (110), seminar rooms (130), or teaching laboratories (260, 261, 270) which are tied to departments in instructional programs. Rooms which are used for instruction in basic or remedial writing or math programs are within the scope of instructional programs and therefore, these rooms should be coded as Classrooms (110), Seminar Rooms (130), Class Laboratories (260, 261) or Open Laboratories (270).


Data Value Name: TUTORL SRV

Definition: A room that directly serves one or more tutorial or training rooms as an extension of the activities in such a room.

Description: Includes projection rooms, telecommunications control booths, preparation rooms, coat rooms, closets, supply rooms, etc., if they serve tutorial or training rooms.

Exclusions: Does not include service rooms which support classrooms and seminar rooms (125), teaching laboratories (265, 275), scholarly activity rooms (255), offices (335), or conference rooms (345).