Study/Meeting Rooms

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Study Rooms



Location:  Central Library, Upper Level

There are three (3) study rooms at the Central Library near the public computer area.

  • Study rooms can accommodate individuals or groups of 2-5 people.
  • Study rooms can be reserved daily on a first come, first serve basis
  • Patrons must request to reserve a study room in person at the Reference Desk on the second floor of the Central Library. You must have a valid Newport Beach Public Library card. 
  • The library will not accept telephone or e-mail requests to use the study rooms.
  • Customers may only schedule one 2-hour study room session at a time, and must wait until their current session is over before scheduling a new session.
  • Reservations for Study Rooms will be honored for 10 minutes past the requested time. Failure to arrive within 10 minutes of the requested time will result in a forfeiture of the reserved room.
  • The library's free Wi-Fi is accessible inside the Study Rooms.
  • Please read Study Room/Charles Sword Meeting Room Policies before reserving.

Charles Sword Meeting Room


Location:  Central Library, Upper Level

The Sword Meeting Room is located upstairs in the southwest corner of the Central Library. 

  • The Sword Meeting Room requires a minimum of 6 people and cannot exceed 14 people.
  • The room may be reserved for a maximum of four (4) hours per group.
  • The room reservation will be released if the customer does not arrive within ten (10) minutes of their reservation time.
  • No commercial activity is permitted in the room which collects fees from others in your group.
  • Snacks are permitted in the room.
  • There is no telephone line in the room or A/V equipment of any kind.
  • The room is located in a quiet area of the library, so groups must keep the noise to a minimum until inside the room with the door closed.
  • The room may be used during Central library operating hours:
  • Monday – Thursday, 9AM – 9PM
  • Friday – Saturday, 9AM – 6PM
  • Sunday, 12PM – 5PM
  • The room may be reserved a maximum of four (4) weeks in advance.
  • Room reservations may only be made through the Administration office Mondays-Fridays between 9AM-4PM (in person or by telephone). Requests made outside of those hours will not be honored.
  • Customers must have an NBPL card on file before reserving the Sword Meeting Room.
  • Card can be obtained in advance or on the day the reservation is made.
  • Customer must provide valid picture identification with current address.
  • NBPL card is free to California residents and $10 for all others.
  • Student ID is acceptable for school age applicants under age 18.
  • The Reference staff will open the Sword Room only for customers who reserved the room through the Admin staff.
  • Walk-ins without a reservation will not be accepted and will be redirected by Reference staff to a Study Room.
  • Entry to the room will not be permitted until at least (6) members of your group are present.

Friends Meeting Room


Location:  Central Library, Lower Level

The Friends Meeting Room is only available to City of Newport Beach organizations or, upon approval, to non-profit organizations hosting lectures or workshops that are free and open public.  For information, contact the Administration Office at (949) 717-3801 or view our Library Meeting Room Policy