We have a notice at the desk stating that group study rooms are for the use of 2 people or more. We had a long discussion about what defines a "group" and decided on two or more - I agree that one person definitely isn't a group. However, students book as a group then we too see only one person in a room. But this is an honour system - maybe the second person is out of the room, or hasn't turned up yet, or has left a bit early? What solution would you suggest? We certainly won't have library staff patrolling and peering in windows!
Regarding your second point, we only hold a room for 15 minutes after which time it is released to anyone; we have the 15 minute grace period because many students have been held up in tutorials or clinical settings sometimes off campus.
Abuse of privileges can always happen and I honestly don't believe it is because of the limitations on who can pre-book. Policies are set on the assumption that students will act in a fair and professional manner.
I have no control over the MDCL rooms, but will pass on the message.
Answered by: Liz Bayley (Director, Health Sciences Library)