Computing, labs and rooms

The primary purpose of Kennedy Library’s collaboration rooms, group study rooms, and computer labs is to provide space for instruction and collaborative study.


Users of the Robert E. Kennedy Library are subject to Cal Poly’s computing policies, including the Responsible Use Policy.

Computer labs/Instruction spaces

Computer Lab

There are a total of six computer labs in the Kennedy Library. One of these (PolyConnect in 114C) is available for open computing during all Library open hours and cannot be scheduled.

The other five may be scheduled by faculty for instruction. When not scheduled for instruction, they are available as open computing labs during all Library open hours.

View the current schedule, lab equipment and software, and total number of seats available in each computer lab.

Faculty may schedule labs for quarter-long courses, ad-hoc classes, and events through University Scheduling, using an online form, by phone, or by email.

Faculty are encouraged to reserve rooms only when hands-on computers are essential to the work of the class, as they are a limited resource on campus.

For special needs or when no labs are available through University Scheduling, please contact Sarah Sayeed, Technology and Media Coordinator.

Collaboration rooms (Learning Commons)

Collaboration Room

There are eight collaboration rooms available in the Learning Commons. Each is equipped with white boards and a flat screen monitor, and each room seats up to eight people.

These rooms are all available for scheduling by students, faculty, and staff. Unscheduled rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis to the Cal Poly community.

To assure consideration of all library users, all users are asked to observe the following guidelines:

  • A group may reserve a collaboration room for up to 3 hours per day.
  • Priority is given to use by groups of three or more people.
  • Vacant rooms may be used by smaller groups with the understanding that they may be asked to vacate the room by a group of three or more.
  • Please leave rooms ready for the next group: erase white boards, remove books and papers, etc.
  • Unattended belongings and library materials may be removed.

Questions about the use of the rooms can be referred to staff at the Learning Commons Desk (805-756-6575).

» Get more information on collaboration rooms

Group study rooms (2nd – 5th Floors)

In addition to the collaboration rooms, the Library has seven group study rooms; all are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The other group study rooms are:

206, 302, 303, 410, 411, 501, 502

Groups of two or more have priority over individuals for the use of these spaces. Questions about use may be referred to the staff at the Circulation Desk in person or by phone (805-756-5760).

» See library maps and directories for more information or locations.

Graduate study rooms (Rooms 301, 401)

These rooms are for use by Cal Poly graduate students for quiet or group work. Keys are available at the Circulation Desk.

» Get more information on the graduate study rooms

Other library rooms and spaces

In addition to the rooms described above, the Kennedy Library has a limited number of staff conference rooms that may be available for administrative and staff meetings by arrangement with the Library’s Administrative Office.

Use of the open areas in the Library, including the Atrium and the Learning Commons Café, is primarily for Library-sponsored events and at the discretion of the Library Administration.

For more information, please contact the Library Administration Office at 805-756-2345.