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Lister Hill Library

Lister Hill Library has 19 study rooms available for individuals to reserve on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to COVID-19, all persons must wear a face mask while occupying a study room. Most rooms will accommodate up to two people, and couple of the rooms will seat up to three, with the largest room seating up to six.

Study Room Reservation

Students can reserve a room by using the Study Room Reservation Kiosk located across from the HUB Service desk. To avoid long lines at the kiosk, students are encouraged to book their reservation online prior to coming to the library.

Students should report to the HUB Service desk to present their UAB OneCard in order to confirm their room reservation and to gain entrance to the study room.

All rooms provide a network connection, access to the UAB WiFi, a glass board, markers, and erasers. Each room contains disinfecting wipes so students should wipe in and out as they enter and prior to leaving the room.

Room 149 provides access to a VIA Media collaboration station with teleconferencing capability. Room 155 is the largest room and will accommodate up to six people.

UAB OneCard and Face Mask Required to gain entrance

  • Reservations are limited to 3 hours per person, per day and may ONLY be made 1 day in advance.
  • Room reservations are ONLY held for 15 minutes; students reporting to the desk after that time forfeit their reservation.
  • Rooms may be booked up to two weeks in advance.

View the Lister Hill Library room policies.

Sterne Library

Study Room Reservation

Sterne Library has study rooms which individuals with a valid UAB ID may reserve on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To avoid long lines and to practice safety precautions, students are encouraged to make reservations online prior to coming to the library.

Study Carrel Policy

Due to COVID-19 and in line with promoting social distancing, UAB Libraries has suspended all group study carrel reservations.

Study Carrels

  • The Library has a limited number of study carrels available on the first and third floors.
  • Study carrels may be checked out with a valid UAB identification card at the HUB service desk.
  • Use of study carrels is limited to one person at a time.
  • These rooms will accommodate one person and should have access to the UAB WiFi.

Who can borrow a study carrel?

  • All students, faculty, and alumni with a valid UAB ID or Alumni card who are seeking a place for intensive short-term study may use carrels.

How long?

  • Carrels may be checked out for one three-hour period with no renewal. Rooms may be checked out for 3 hours per day, per person. Borrowers are encouraged to spend only two hours in the library
  • Study carrels cannot be reserved in advance.


  • Rooms are not intended for continuing activities such as classes or standing meetings
  • The library is not responsible for items left in rooms;
  • Walls, furnishings, and glass must not be defaced. No pictures or other items may be attached to the walls or surfaces
  • Windows or door glass must not be covered in any way
  • Each person should wipe the study area when they go in and wipe before they go out.Wipe In / Wipe Out
  • Individuals must clean up after themselves and leave the room in good condition

Revised August 2020

Meeting Room - Sterne SL 174

The Sterne Library has a meeting space available for use by others on campus.

Reserve SL 174 using online reservation request form.

The Sterne Library's classroom, SL 174, is under the administrative direction of the UAB Libraries. The room is designed primarily for instruction by the library faculty for library instruction classes and workshops and for use by the University Writing Center (UWC). Library and UWC classes always have first priority for use of this room.

All reservations are subject to cancellation based on priority needs.

Because library-related instruction peaks at the beginning of each semester, use of SL 174 is reserved for library use and library-sponsored instruction only between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. during the months of September–November and January–March.

Reservations are accepted at least 48 hours, but no more than 30 days, in advance of the requested meeting, and the reservation request must be received via the online Sterne Library Room Reservation Form. The room may not be reserved for more than a four-hour period. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Head of Reference at the Mervyn H. Sterne Library Department of Research and Learning and/or the Library Dean.

Student groups must include the name of and contact email for their faculty sponsor(s) when making room reservations. Faculty sponsors may be copied on room reservation confirmation and cancellation emails.

SL 174 may be used for the following purposes:

  • University classes scheduled for library instruction taught by a librarian.
  • High school, middle school, or other outreach classes taught by a librarian.
  • Workshops, training sessions, meetings, or professional development sessions for UAB faculty and staff or the University Writing Center.
  • Meetings of official UAB student organizations with approval of the organization's faculty advisor.
  • As a collaborative study space to support group study during final exams.
  • Other uses at the discretion of the Head of Reference at the Mervyn H. Sterne Library Department of Research and Learning and/or the Library Dean.

In order to keep the room available for multiple purposes and organizations, each organization is limited to four reservations per semester.

Groups are expected to arrive on time for all reservations. Failure to arrive within 15 minutes after the reservation start time will result in cancellation of the reservation and may lead to denial and/or cancellation of future reservations.

Food and drinks are permitted in the classroom. Groups are responsible for removal of refreshments and room cleanup at the end of the meeting.

Room cancellations must be received at least forty-eight (48) hours before the scheduled event. Cancellation requests should be sent to Repeated failure to arrive on time or at all (no-shows) for reservations may result in cancellation or denial of future room reservations.

Due to high demand, SL 174 may not be scheduled:

  • For regular or recurring meetings, including recurring UAB class meetings.
  • For any purpose when the library is closed.
  • As an "open lab" or a UAB class without the faculty member or course instructor present.
  • For instruction, training, or workshops for community users or the general public without the approval of the Head of Reference at the Mervyn H. Sterne Library Department of Research and Learning or the Library Dean; or
  • For personal or commercial use by UAB faculty, staff, students, or community users.