Rooms & Spaces

University Park Libraries

Group Study Rooms

Penn State students are welcome to reserve group study rooms available at the Libraries at University Park. Reservations may be made:

  • online
  • in person at a Welcome Desk

Refer to the Group Study Room Policy for usage guidelines.

Media Commons

The Media Commons in Pattee and Paterno Libraries' Knowledge Commons, features two One Button Studio spaces, multimedia production suites with easy access to Pattee and Paterno Library collections.

Housed in the Media Commons and run by Media Commons staff, the Maker Commons Innovation Center provides access to 3D printing for all students, faculty, and staff at all campus locations. The Maker Commons also features the Invention Studio, an academic makerspace where individuals can explore rapid prototyping using materials and devices such as LittleBits, Arduino, Rapsberry Pi, and LEGO®.

One Button Studios

Starbucks Cafe and MacKinnon's Lounge

The Starbucks Cafe, located on the first floor of Paterno Library, offers a wide selection of food and beverage options, including sandwiches, salads, snack items, pastries, beverages, and bottled items. It is a cashless store, meaning that no cash transactions are accepted. Payment options include Visa, Mastercard, Starbucks gift cards, LionCash+, and Meal Plan/Commuter Mean Plans. MacKinnons Lounge is located in 128 Paterno, adjacent to Starbucks.

Quiet Study and Lounge Areas

Quiet study areas are spaces where talking and cell phone use are not permitted. Talking is permitted in Lounge areas.

Pattee Library Carrel Application

Carrels are lockable compartments found on desks located in the central stacks of Pattee Library.  Library carrels may be used to store research and study materials.


Self-service lockers are available in the Knowledge Commons for students who need a place to store their books, bags, and other items. The lockers are intended for daily use, with patrons keying in their own four-digit combinations. Patrons are not permitted to use the lockers for overnight storage — any items left in the lockers at the end of the day will be sent to the Libraries’ Lost and Found.