How to Reserve a Seat in the CAU Library

The first time I heard someone say that to use the library you had to reserve a seat I thought it was strange. I mean….I usually just reserve a seat by sitting in it.

But to use the Library at CAU you need to reserve a seat. Since there are no instructions in English it can be a little confusing at first, but once you’ve done it once it isn’t so complicated.

Here’s  a walk-through of how to do it:

Step 1. Find the Ticketing machine (There are machines on the 1st and 4th floors.) You can  reserve a seat for floors 1&2 on the 1st floor, or 3&4 on the 4th floor.


Step 2. Scan your Student ID (Press it to the blue pad in the left hand corner.)


Step 3. Choose your seat. Red means occupied. You’ll notice that in the upper right corner you can choose your floor and room. Select a tab and it will show you where that room is on the map on the right side. Choose a room, then choose a seat.


My chosen seat. Note that on the right hand side I can see (in red) which room my seat is in.

Step 4. Take your ticket. The machine will spit out  a little ticket stub and you are good to go.

Step 5. Forgot your seat number already?? Take a deep breath and  look at your ticket stub. Then find your seat.


You thought we were done. We’re not.

Step 6: Before you leave you MUST RETURN YOUR SEAT.

Find a machine, scan your card and a little window will pop up. It will ask you if you would like to Extend, Return, or Cancel.

*If you are wanting to extend, your ticket stub has some valuable information. Note that it lists the hour in which you should return to the machine if you want to extend your reservation. It also tells you how many more times is available for you to extend your reservation for the seat. Also written at the bottom of the page is the time that a reservation is no longer needed. (Some reading rooms open up to free seating after 17:00.) Don’t forget that even if you stay and study during the free seating time you must return your seat.


From left to right: Extend, Return, Cancel

Good luck! Hope that helps! Now when you enter the library and see this sign, you will know what “ticketing rules” are.


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