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Meeting and Study Rooms

Meeting Rooms

Library meeting rooms are available at most branches for public gatherings. They can be reserved by:

  • Nonprofits
  • Community interest groups
  • For-profit businesses and organizations
  • Local, state and federal government departments
  • Home school organizations registered with Baltimore County Public Schools

Rooms may not be used for social gatherings, which include but are not limited to baby or bridal showers, birthday parties, entertainment or fundraising.

All events held in the meeting rooms must be made available to the general public. Approaching library users for the purpose of encouraging participation in the group’s activities is prohibited.

How to Reserve a Meeting Room

  1. Review our meeting room policy and understand applicable fees.

  2. Use our online reservation system to find a meeting room at the time and location you need.

  3. Book online (requires account creation).

  4. Once our staff approves your request, you'll receive confirmation information.

For more information about reserving a meeting room, contact Customer Support Services at 410-887-6109 or email meetingrooms@bcpl.net.

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Use our online reservation system to view available spaces and book a meeting room.

View Available Meeting Rooms

Meeting Room Policy

We welcome the use of our meeting rooms by groups who agree to observe the library rules. Review the policy below or download the pdf.

Depending on the type of organization, a reservation fee may be required:

Length of UseNonprofit OrganizationsFor-Profit Organizations
Up to 4 hours$30$100
4 to 8 hours$40$120
8 hours$50$140

Fees are not charged for:

  • Library organizations and organizations that Baltimore County Public Library is a member of or has established a written agreement
  • Departments of Baltimore County, State of Maryland and federal government
  • Elected officials in local, state and federal government
  • Home school organizations (limited to one three-hour period per month per branch between 9:15 a.m. and 5 p.m.)

Payment is required at least 14 days prior to the meeting date and can be made by:

  • Major Credit Card: Call Customer Support Services at 410-887-6109 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Cash: Pay in person at Customer Support Services in the library's Administrative Offices at the address below
  • Check: Mail to:

Baltimore County Public Library
Customer Support Services
Administrative Offices
320 York Road, Second Floor
Towson, Maryland 21204

Customer Support Services is responsible for the collection and administration of all reservation fees. Payment is not accepted at any branches.

If you need to cancel a meeting room reservation, contact Customer Support Services at 410-887-6109 as soon as possible.

Full refunds are given if cancellation notice is received seven days before the meeting date, the library is closed or the meeting room becomes unavailable due to adverse weather, power failure, building renovation, etc. For cancellations less than seven days in advance of the meeting date, the library deducts an administrative fee ($10 for nonprofit groups, $25 for profit groups) from the original payment. No refunds are given to groups who cancel meetings without notifying Customer Support Services.

Every effort is made to guarantee a reservation. However, the library reserves the right to change or cancel a reservation to accommodate a library function or construction.

All of the library's meeting rooms are equipped with a sufficient number of chairs and tables. You are responsible for setting up and breaking down the room. Tables and chairs may be set up in any configuration but must be moved to their original position. The meeting rooms must be left in the same condition as found. Library staff are not responsible for room setup or breakdown.

Containers are available for trash, and all trash should be discarded. Janitorial services are not available for meetings.

All rooms are equipped with WiFi. Some branch meeting rooms are equipped with projectors, built-in sound systems, stages and projection screens. Not all of the meeting rooms have the same equipment, nor do they have the same capacity. We cannot guarantee the functionality of any audiovisual equipment or microphones for any event.

We do not reserve laptop computers or any other technical equipment. You are encouraged to bring your own equipment. The library is not liable for damage or theft of any equipment, materials or personal belongings.

Your reservation guarantees the use of the meeting room space only. Please make certain that the room capacity is sufficient to comfortably accommodate your group. Customer Support Services is not responsible for other areas in the branch. Please contact the branch manager or assistant branch manager to make any special arrangements related to the facility or materials.

Groups holding meetings or events in the meeting rooms are responsible for making the meeting accessible on request to individuals with disabilities. Sponsoring groups should be aware that any person requiring accommodation must contact the group to make the request 10 business days in advance of the meeting.

Light refreshments may be served if the room is left in an orderly condition and normal operations of the library are not affected. This includes but is not limited to beverages, box lunches, sandwiches and continental breakfast items. No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Catered meals are not allowed. Open fire, including the use of candles, sterno or other portable food warming fuels, is not permitted in the meeting rooms.

Should you need any assistance from library staff before, during or after the event, see the Service Desk for assistance.

Collection of admission fees, sales of products or services, or other direct fundraising activities are not permitted. The library does reserve the right to allow admission charges or the sale of products by any entity presenting a program sponsored by or in cooperation with the library, through written agreement.

Any publicity, (e.g., brochures, flyers, radio, TV announcements) must carry the name and phone number of the organization sponsoring the meeting. The library may not be identified or implied as a sponsor. The branch phone number may not be used as a contact number. The contact information (name, phone number, etc.) used to reserve a meeting room may be given by the library to individuals inquiring about the organization sponsoring the meeting. A flyer or poster advertising the meeting may be hung on library bulletin boards with the permission of branch management. No publicity is allowed on library property outside of the building and no groups shall use the library as a mailing address.

Registered Baltimore County home-school organizations or individuals may book a meeting room for a three-hour period once a month at no charge (subject to verification of credentials). Tutors from recognized nonprofit organizations may also qualify to use branch meeting rooms on a drop-in basis for one-on-one tutoring (subject to availability and approval of the librarian in charge at that branch).

Study Rooms

Need a place to collaborate or concentrate? We’ve designated special areas for study groups and individuals who want their own space.

To reserve a study room, sign up daily at a branch’s Service Desk.

  • Sign-up is for one-hour time blocks on a first-come, first-served basis on the current day.
  • You can add additional hours one hour at a time unless others are waiting to use the room.
  • You have 10 minutes to claim an assigned study room before the room is reassigned to the next waiting person or group.
  • Please be aware of the library’s Rules of Conduct.

Available Rooms

Enclosed study rooms are currently available at the following branches:

BranchNumber of RoomsCapacity
Arbutus214
Cockeysville26
Essex16
Hereford16
Owings Mills46
Perry Hall26
Randallstown36
Rosedale26
Towson26
Woodlawn42 rooms seat 10
2 rooms seat 2

Quiet Areas

Quiet areas are open to individuals with no sign-up required at the following branches:

  • Arbutus
  • Catonsville
  • Cockeysville
  • Essex
  • Hereford
  • North Point (quiet zone not enclosed)
  • Owings Mills
  • Perry Hall
  • Randallstown
  • Reisterstown
  • Rosedale
  • Towson
  • White Marsh