Study/Meeting Rooms

Whether it's a one-on-one or a group meeting, we've got you covered.

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.
  • Patrons may only schedule one 2-hour study room session at a time; however, patrons may extend the length of their initial session for an additional two (2) hour period if no other patrons are waiting to use the room.
  • 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 study room.
  • The Library's free Wi-Fi is accessible inside the study rooms.
  • Please read Study Rooms/Charles Sword Meeting Room Policy before reserving.

Charles Sword Meeting Room


Location:  Central Library, Upper Level

The Charles 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 20 people.
  • The room may be reserved for a maximum of four (4) hours per group.
  • The room reservation will be released if the patron does not arrive within ten (10) minutes of their reservation time.
  • No commercial activity is permitted in the room, including the collection of 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 reasonable level at all times. 
  • 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 of the scheduled meeting date.
  • Room reservations may only be made through the Administration office Mondays-Thursdays between 9AM-5PM, Fridays 9AM-4PM (in person or by telephone). Requests made outside of those hours will not be honored.
  • Patrons must have a valid NBPL card on file before reserving the Sword Meeting Room.
    • Card must be obtained in advance.
    • Patron 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 patrons who reserved the room through the Administration office.
  • Walk-ins without a reservation will not be accepted and will be redirected by Reference staff to a study room.
  • IMPORTANT: Tables and chairs may be rearranged during your room use; however, all furniture must be returned to its original configuration before you vacate the room, which includes wooden chairs stacked on the storage cart.
  • Please read Study Rooms/Charles Sword Meeting Room Policy before reserving.

Friends Meeting Room


Location:  Central Library, Lower Level

The Friends Meeting Room is primarily reserved for Library programming, but is available for rent, for a fee and upon Library Services Director approval. For more  information contact the Administration Office at (949) 717-3801 or view our Friends Meeting Room Policy