Reading rooms are spacious, open rooms that provide an atmosphere suited for quiet individual study. There are three reading rooms in the Library:
Christoph M. Kimmich Reading Room (map)
The Christoph M. Kimmich Reading Room, overlooking the scenic lily pond, is located on the first floor of the Library, just past the Reference Area. There are round tables with lamps throughout the room, as well as multiple easy chairs.
LaGuardia Reading Room (map)
The LaGuardia Reading Room is located on the 2nd floor of the Library, to the left of the stairs/elevators. In addition to the many desks available, this Reading Room houses the Library's collection of books on art. These are books whose call numbers begin with the letter N. There are two types of books that are located in this room: regular size books (which are located along the walls) and folio (oversized) books (which are located toward the center of the room).
If you're interested in learning more about the artwork that adorns many of the walls in the Library, consider checking out the Art Collection website. You may also be interested in the art contest that the Library holds annually. (More information can be found on the Art Collection site.) Cash prizes are awarded.
Library Science Reading Room (map)
The Library Science Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of the Library. Because it's a relatively small room, there are only a handful of tables in this room. You will also notice a small collection of circulating books located in this room. These are books whose call numbers begin with Z - Z1199 — they are all about librarianship.
Please note that none of the reading rooms have computers. However, you are more than welcome to use your personal laptop while in the reading rooms. (You will be able to hook up to the wireless network that is available throughout the Library.) Please be aware that you will not be able to print from your laptop. (Unfortunately, Brooklyn College does not yet support wireless printing.)
You cannot eat anywhere on Library premises. This rule is enforced to preserve the quality of furniture, computer equipment, and books. (The cost of repairing damaged materials comes out of your pocket in the form of tuition and fees.) You can, however, bring beverages with you — provided that they are in sealable containers, such as bottles with twist-off caps. Disposable coffee cups from the nearby Library Cafe, for example, are not permitted.