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Consultation Spaces

Purpose & Audience

The Library provides consultation spaces in both the Geisel (East Commons, 2nd Floor) and Biomedical (Room 201) Library Buildings for campus units, programs, instructors, and teaching assistants (TAs) to support student learning and success. Interested parties that would like to meet with individual or small groups of students in the Library, regularly or occasionally, to conduct satellite office hours, enrichment activities, or outreach activities can do so in either of these locations.

The consultation spaces in Geisel Library consist of 6 semi-private cubicles that work well for student outreach, brief information sessions, and smaller, more focused review sessions. The consultation space in the Biomedical Library Building is an enclosed room more ideal for hosting makeup exams, accommodating students with specialized/individual instructional needs (including additional testing time), and meeting with small groups of students.

We welcome inquiries from any campus stakeholder about the possibility of participation, and how we can help to meet the needs of the students you serve.


  • Neither area is intended for larger group instruction. The semi-private cubicles in Geisel’s East Commons can comfortably accommodate up to 5 individuals. Room 201 in the Biomedical Library Building can comfortably accommodate up to 8 individuals. Those needing larger spaces can attempt to reserve Geisel Room 721 (7th Floor), which can accommodate up to 16, through the group study room reservation system.
  • Campus units, programs, instructors, and TAs may reserve time slots for up to 3 hours per day, up to 3 days per week.
  • Eligible participants needing irregular time slots, as needed and available, are accommodated based on current availability.
  • The monthly sign-up sheet will be posted in the consultation space areas, so that walk-in students can identify whether/when someone with which they wish to meet may be available in the library.
  • Subject librarians may be available to meet with TAs or instructors prior to their consultation period(s), or to participate in the consultation(s). Contact your subject librarian directly or alert us when reserving the space that you’d like the subject librarian to contact you.


Spaces & Equipment

Participating Geisel Library Location

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The Library Consultation Spaces in Geisel Library are located in an active, heavily trafficked, collaborative learning area, making it ideal for student support stakeholders to meet with existing student clients or to reach new students.

Multiple semi-private cubicles here each offer a round table and 4 chairs.  Additional chairs may be pulled in, as needed. Mobile whiteboards are available in the surrounding area that can also be used. While no computers are available in the cubicles, wireless capability and power outlets are available. A lockable file cabinet is available nearby, in which participants can store needed office supplies, promotional/instructional materials, and similar items, if desired (contact for details).

Participating Biomedical Library Building Location


The Library Consultation Space in the Biomedical Library Building affords privacy, a larger space, a large table, and wall-mounted whiteboards, in addition to mobile whiteboards that may be available in surrounding study spaces. Room 201 comfortably accommodates up to 8 people, though 6 chairs come standard in the room.  Additional chairs can be brought in from the surrounding area.  This space is equipped with power outlets, and wireless capability.


We welcome suggestions about additional equipment that might be useful in these spaces, or about any other aspect of this service.  Send comments to

Reservations & Details

  • Interested campus units, programs, TAs, and instructors should inquire with Genevieve Thipatima by email ( for details and reservations.
  • Alternately, contact Michelle Vogelsang Jones ( or 858-822-3834), in Genevieve’s absence.


Wish your department, TA, or instructor would be available in the library? Let them know about this service, or send your suggestion to and we’ll send them an invitation.

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