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Library Services at Thigpen Library

Circulation: Study Areas

Circulation services for Vol State patrons

Is there a quiet place to study?

All open areas of Thigpen Library's Second Floor
are presently designated as quiet spaces
where conversation is not endorsed
per social-distancing restrictions. 


At this time, the maximum occupancy
of the Second Floor's
open areas is 60.

After maximum occupancy is reached, Library Staff will work to the best of their ability to locate adequate study space elsewhere for Students who cannot be accommodated on the Second Floor.

We apologize for any inconvenience this represents and appreciate Student cooperation to maintain the Library's commitment to lowering the risk of COVID-19 transmission among Staff & Students. 

Is there a place to work in groups?

In-person group* study is

restricted within Thigpen Library
at this time.

*A group is two (2) or more people


Please email Circulation@Volstate.edu
or call 615-230-3400
for assistance identifying study spaces
to meet your specific needs.

While visiting the library, please remember to maintain at least six (6) feet of distance between yourself & respect other social distancing guidelines.

We apologize for any inconvenience this represents and appreciate Student cooperation to maintain the Library's commitment to lowering the risk of COVID-19 transmission among Staff & Students. 

Is there a place where I can practice my speech?

Room 221—the "Practice Presentation Room" (PPR)is outfitted
with recording & projection technology
per COMM 2045's syllabus requirements.


Although reservations of Rm 221/PPR are prioritized for COMM 2045 students to record their speech presentations as required in their syllabus, all Vol State students preparing class presentations are welcome to reserve the PPR for their use.

When your reservation time arrives, visit the Library's ASK desk and present your Vol State ID card to borrow the key & technology instructions for Rm 221/PPR.

Is there a place I can Zoom?

Eight (8) rooms on the Library's 2nd floor
(formerly group-study rooms) 
are now "ZOOM Booths"
for individual use only.

ZOOM Booths are restricted to students
enrolled in Synchronous Classes,

classes that meet online at an established time for a class period 
during which the instructor & students are logged on simultaneously. 
(Asynchronous Classes are completed online by students at their own pace.)


Four (4) Zoom Booths feature whiteboard only; students should enter these Booths prepared to use their own laptop or a student laptop available to borrow from the library. 

Four (4) Zoom Booths incorporate Clear Touch interactive panels—digital whiteboards integrated with fully functional computers for internet access & software applications like Microsoft Office.

students in cleartouch study room

Finding Study Spaces

Please email Circulation@Volstate.edu
or call 615-230-3400
for assistance identifying study spaces
to meet your specific needs.

Contact Circulation

Call: 615-230-3400

Email: circulation@volstate.edu

Thigpen Library ASK service area

More information

These guides have additional information on library services that may be of interest.