Reservation Policy 

  1. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. 
  2. Reservations are made using our online scheduling system ( Library staff will submit reservations for call-ins & walk-ups on the patron’s behalf.
  3. Individuals/groups are allowed only one (1) reservation on the schedule at a time
  4. Rooms are reserved in half-hour blocks, up to a maximum reserved time of four (4) hours.
    • If your organization needs to reserve one of our spaces outside of these parameters, please contact our Information Services Librarian ([email protected] / 601.582.4461). 
  5. Reservations will be canceled if an individual or group representative is more than 15 minutes late.

Code of Conduct 

  1. All meetings must be consistent with library use. Activities with high noise levels, such as music or singing, will not be permitted in the study rooms. 
  2. Use of alcoholic beverages and/or tobacco products is strictly prohibited in the study rooms or anywhere on library property. 
  3. Library property, including the study rooms, cannot be used as a dressing room of any kind. 
  4. The furniture placement in each room is a factor in the occupancy limits and, as such, may not be rearranged.
  5. No materials may be pinned, stapled, taped or otherwise affixed to the library’s walls, doors or furniture. 
  6. The blinds in the Petal meeting room windows must stay open at all times. 
  7. Food is prohibited in the study rooms. Covered drinks are permitted, but they must have a lid.


  • Meetings held at the library are subject to State regulations. The Attorney General of the State of Mississippi states that, “organizations or individuals cannot use public facilities for commercial ventures” and that “a municipality’ cannot provide use of public buildings to individuals, businesses or corporations for activities for profit.” 
  • Persons attending the meetings are subject to all library rules and regulations. 
  • Occupancy limits of the rooms are determined by the Cities of Hattiesburg and Petal and may not be exceeded. 
  • The fact that a group meets at the library does not constitute an endorsement of the group’s objectives, policies or beliefs. 
  • All meetings will be free and open to the public and the media. No admission fees or dues may be charged, nor may a collection or donation be taken up. 
  • The individual reserving the room is responsible for the condition and appearance of the study room during and immediately following the meeting. Said individual will pay the cost of repair/replacement of any damages to the facility. 
  • The Library will not be responsible for materials or equipment owned by a group or individual and used in the library.  
  • Publicity may only mention the library as the location of a meeting. No individual or group may claim an association with the library and library staff are not required to provide meeting information to the public. 
  • Library staff cannot make temperature adjustments. 
  • Failure to comply with the study room policies and procedures will result in loss of use privileges.