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The library offers a variety of seating for visitors, including desks with outlets and comfortable arm chairs throughout both branches. Both branches have shaded outdoor seating available in summer months and cozy fireplace seating in winter months. The Main Library also has a Casual Study Room where visitors can snack while working, as well as a Quiet Study Room and pod study carrels for more focused work. Visitors can take a study break, decompress, meditate, pray, or read quietly in the Main Library’s Reflection Room.

These spaces are available to all visitors on a first come, first serve basis. Explore the space on a virtual tour of our Main Library and Westacres Branch. A new Community Commons space is currently in use for programs, with plans to open for general use later this year. Learn more about additional rooms at the Main Library below. 


Group Study Rooms

The Main Library has 14 group study rooms available to West Bloomfield Library cardholders only. The cardholder must be present in the room while the room is checked out. Limit one room per card. Rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis, with priority given to groups of two or more. Room capacity ranges from 2 to 6 people. Maximum capacity is noted on the door of each room. Rooms may not exceed maximum capacity.

GROUP STUDY ROOM FAQs

 Can I reserve a group study room?

No. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be booked in advance. If all rooms are occupied, groups of two or more may be added to a waitlist.

Can I work by myself in a group study room?

Yes. If a room is available, it can be checked out by a West Bloomfield library cardholder. If all rooms are occupied and a group would like to use a room, you will need to relocate.

What activities are permitted in group study rooms?

Group study rooms are for private and group study sessions. Commercial, for-profit, and fundraising activities are not allowed anywhere on library property. This includes for-profit tutoring and business meetings. Table, card, and other gaming activities are not allowed in the group study rooms. Gambling is not permitted anywhere on library property.

What equipment is available in group study rooms?

Select group study rooms have white boards and TV equipment. The library does not supply HDMI cords. Dry erase markers are available to check out upon request. Not all study rooms have white boards and TV equipment.

Can I eat in the group study rooms?

No. Food is only allowed in the casual study room, or outside on the terraces. Beverages in closed containers are allowed in group study rooms.


Conference and Meeting Room Rental

The Conference and Meeting Rooms can be reserved no more than 3 months in advance by select groups in the library’s service area with a West Bloomfield Library cardholder for a fee. Please read the Public Meeting Room/Conference Room Rental Policy carefully to ensure a complete understanding of room rental expectations before submitting a reservation request. Your room is not reserved until you hear from a staff member and payment is made. Final authority for determining eligibility of any group to rent meeting space rests with the Director. For questions, contact (248) 232-2350.

ROOM RENTAL FAQs

Who can rent the Conference or Meeting Room?

The Meeting Room and Conference Room are available to organized, non-profit educational, civic, community and cultural groups located in the Library’s service area (West Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake Village and Sylvan Lake). At least one member of the group must be a library cardholder in good standing, a resident of the library’s service area (see above) and serve as the renter for the meeting/organization. The renter must be 18 years of age or older. The rooms are not available to individuals, campaign/election committees of any sort, or for-profit organizations and businesses.

What activities are not permitted in the Conference or Meeting Rooms?

Soliciting, lobbying, campaigning, fundraisers, raffles, auctions, parties or sales of any type are not permitted. The only fundraising, auction and merchandising activities permitted are those sponsored by the library or the Friends of the Library, as approved by the Board of Trustees. Youth groups require adult supervision. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. 

How do I rent the Conference or Meeting Room?

If eligible and available, book a room by calling (248) 232-2350 or requesting a room rental online. You will receive an update from the library notifying you whether your request was denied or approved pending payment. If approved and paid, the renter for your group must sign in at the Adult Information Desk upon arrival at the time of your reservation. They will be required to leave a driver’s license, state ID, or passport at the desk for the duration of the rental time. The renter must be present for the duration of the meeting. 

How much does it cost to rent the Conference or Meeting Room?

Rental fees are nonrefundable unless reservations are canceled at least 48 hours in advance.

  • Conference Room, minimum of two (2) hours – $30 ($15 prorated fee per additional hour)
    • Additional charge if room not cleaned – $20
  • Meeting Room, minimum of two (2) hours – $60 ($30 prorated fee per additional hour)
    • Additional charge if kitchen or room not cleaned – $100

Assessment of damage fees will be made based on the actual cost of repair. Any previously outstanding fees (rental/cleaning/damage) must be paid before a group is able to reserve any meeting space again.

What are the rooms’ capacities and equipment?

The Conference Room can seat no more than 12 people and includes a screen with HDMI hookup.

The Meeting Room can seat 174 persons (theater style). 18 tables (6 seats per table) are also available. Meeting Room equipment includes a sound and projector system, podium, cordless handheld microphones, laptop hook-up, and DVD player. Changes or additions to the room setup and equipment must be requested at least one week in advance of the reservation.

Are food and drinks permitted in the rooms?

The Conference Room has no kitchen amenities; no food/drink is permitted.

The Meeting Room kitchen is available upon request as a light food warming facility; it is not licensed for food preparation. One (1) triple Bunn Coffee Maker with three (3) 12-cup glass decanters must remain at designated outlets. One (1) 3-shelf stainless steel utility cart is provided for moving equipment and must be immediately returned to the kitchen. Caterers are to arrive, depart and pick up their equipment only during the scheduled reservation times. No dinnerware, flatware, stemware, serving pieces or linens are provided. An automatic dishwasher with detergent is available. All garbage is to be bagged and deposited in the kitchen upon completion of clean up. An additional $100 cleaning fee will be assessed if the Meeting Room and/or kitchen is not cleaned and returned to its original, delivered condition.

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