Study Areas

24/7 Access

After the Information Desk and office areas are closed, study space, computers, and printing continue to be available to Tulane users. The 24/7 Area is for quiet study only.

Enter the 24/7 Quiet Area by swiping your Tulane University Splash Card at the controlled access door in the 2nd floor hallway on the LaSalle Street side of the building. If your Tulane ID card does not provide access you may request assistance at the security checkpoint on the 1st floor of 1430 Tulane Avenue in the lobby or contact Splash Card Services (504) 865-5441.

Group Study Rooms

There are five group study rooms and one computer lab/classroom that are available for group or class use in the Matas Library. Matas Library seminars or curriculum-related events receive scheduling priority. Each group study room is equipped with a whiteboard, network connections, power outlets, and a table and chairs.

Two of the group study rooms are located on the 2nd floor of the Matas Library in the 24/7 area: Room 2228 (6-8 people) and Room 2230 (10-12 people). Three additional group study rooms are located on the Mezzanine Level: Rooms M201 (4-6 people), Room M203 (4-6 people) and Room M205 (4-6 people). The Mezzanine Computer Lab/Classroom (M207) is for hands-on computer usage and accommodates up to 18 people with individual desktop computer access. Matas Library classes and seminars take precedence over other classroom use.

To reserve a room 24 hours in advance:

Please abide by the room use and reservation policies: 

  • Reservations need to be made 24 hours in advance using the webform on our website under ‘Requests’. Those requests must be received by library staff Monday-Friday 8am-4:45pm.
  • Rooms can be reserved for a maximum of 6 hours.
  • Single users can only book the mezzanine study rooms.
  • If you leave the room for more than a few minutes, you need to take your possessions with you.
  • If you are an hour late for your reservation, you forfeit the room.
  • Rooms are first-come first-served if it is empty and hasn’t been reserved. Time limits still apply.
  • Please be mindful of others and fair in your use of the space.
Mezzanine Lab (M207)

The Matas Library Mezzanine Computer Lab serves as both a classroom and as a study area when classes are not "in session". This area is only available during normal business hours when the Matas Library Information Services Desk is open. Reserving the computer classroom requires a minimum of 24 hours notice.

17 desktop computers are available for use. There are power, network, and projector connections available near the podium in front of the lab.

Please email to reserve the Mezzanine Lab for departmental/in-service testing, training sessions, presentations, etc.

Designated Quiet Areas

Four areas of the Matas Library are designated as 24/7 quiet areas:

24/7 Quiet Area (2nd Floor)

  • This area is open at all times; however, entrance via the glass doors directly into this area is for use only after the Information Desk is closed. An alarm will sound if the glass door is opened while the Information Desk is open. Please be considerate and do not open this door except after the Information Desk is closed.

Stacks Study Area (Mezzanine Level)

  • The stacks study area is located on the lower (Mezzanine Level) level of the Matas Library. The stairs are located to the left of the Circulation Desk. The mezzanine level is also equipped with additional study carrels and appropriate lighting for study. When searching for print books and journals, please be considerate of other student studying.

M207 Computer Lab (Mezzanine Level)

  • The Matas Library Computer Lab serves as both a classroom (18 computers), and when classes are not scheduled or "in session" it serves as a study area. This computer classroom may be reserved for testing, training sessions, presentations, etc.

Group Study Rooms

  • Group Study Rooms are available and may be reserved for groups of three or more 24 hours in advance. Individuals using group study areas may be asked to move if groups need to have a place to work together. All group study areas include white boards. Dry erase markers and dry erasers are available for check-out at the Information Desk.
  • There are two large Group Study Areas in the 24/7 Area of the Matas Library. Group Study and low volume level discussion are permissible. Please be considerate to users in the adjacent quiet study areas, as voices do carry from the group study rooms. Three additional smaller group study rooms are available on the Mezzanine Level.
Commons / Lobby

The Commons Area near the entrance of the Matas Library is available for socialization and study. Please be considerate with phone calls and conversations. Remember to consider the privacy of patients and their families in your discussions.

Group and relaxed study is encouraged in this area. A bottle filler, short-term lockers, a selection of current newspapers and magazines, and a television are available. Exhibit cases with items and topical displays of interest from the Matas Special Collections are also found in the Matas Commons Area. Social events may be scheduled for Homecoming, class reunions, exhibits, and other Tulane events in this area.