Collaboration Rooms

About the Group Rooms

The Scholarly Commons has four reservable rooms available for group study and collaboration in Room 220. Limit one active booking at a time, max duration is two hours.
University of Illinois affiliates can reserve Collaboration Rooms 1 through 4 when the Main Library is open. (Hours may differ over breaks and summer.)
If you have any questions about reserving a group room, please email us at


Wireless Screen Sharing

The rooms have monitors with Mersive Solstice devices that computers and mobile devices can cast/share their screens to. Please see this IT guide for instructions.

Lighting, Air, and Roof Controls

The rooms are equipped with motion sensors that turn on the lights and circulated air flow when a patron enters them. The roof also automatically closes.

These features can be controlled with black buttons in the center of one of the side walls (see image to the right):

  • Light options: Work (brightest), think (less bright), present (low lighting)
  • Air options: on or off
  • Roof options: closed, semi-open, fully-open


If the air is on and the roof is closed, people inside the collaboration rooms cannot hear most noise outside of the rooms. It will also muffle conversations inside the rooms, making them difficult to overhear outside the rooms. However, we ask that patrons wear headphones when listening to music or participating in an online meeting to reduce disruptions to other patrons in 220.


Tables in the collaboration rooms have power outlets and USB charging ports. The side walls of each room also have power outlets.


All rooms have whiteboards and markers for collaboration. Please contact us if there are no markers: 217-300-1011

Collaboration Room Controls
Collaboration Room Controls

Consultation Room

Consultation Room A is reserved for drop-in consultations with CITL during the weekdays and then Scholarly Commons employees in the evenings. Visit our Consult an Expert page for additional information about drop-in consultations in this space. After 5pm, the Scholarly Commons employee is there to help answer questions about services in Room 220.