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Room Scheduling

Space may be requested online or by contacting the Rackham Facilities Office by phone at (734) 764-8572 or e-mail at In your message, please mention the dates you are inquiring about and your contact information. Requests will be responded to in the order in which they are received.

If you've never planned or attended an event in Rackham, you'll find all sorts of useful information to help you decide if our Facilities will serve your needs. If you are familiar with the facilities, but just have a question about a certain space, available equipment, capacity, room dimensions, etc. you can probably find the answer to your question on these pages as well.

Study Spaces

Rackham's study spaces are open to active Rackham students Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 9:00pm. The study spaces are considered by many to be "the best place on campus to study." These rooms are the most elegant spaces on campus dedicated to graduate student use. If you haven't yet experienced these rooms, come over to the Rackham Building and check them out. MPrint printers are located in the Vending Room on the east end of the second floor.

Active Rackham students are able to access the Rackham Building with their Mcards, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00pm and midnight. The Study Spaces are located on the second floor of Rackham and include:

The East Lounge

The East Lounge is a place for graduate students to relax with friends, study in groups, enjoy a snack or beverage, or just hang out. The Vending Room is located adjacent to the East Lounge and students may feel free to bring their own food or drinks.

The Reading Room

Located in the center of the second floor, the Reading Room is reserved for traditional, quiet study. Talking and cell phone use are not allowed in this area. Overlooking Ingalls Mall and the Graduate Library, this room and its alcoves are furnished with large tables and overstuffed armchairs. The Reading Room is the room most mentioned by alumni when they ask about the Rackham Building. Food and drink (with the exception of water bottles) are not allowed in the Reading Room to help maintain its historic elements.

The West Study Lounge

Like the East Lounge, this room is also equipped with comfortable furniture.


In 1935, University President Alexander G. Ruthven wrote to the trustees of the Rackham Fund to offer them what he called the very heart of the University. He persuaded them to donate money for construction of a building, bearing Rackham's name, that would house the graduate-school administration and serve as a focal point for graduate activities on campus. A separate graduate school had existed since 1912, but had never had its own headquarters. Eventually, $2.5 million were donated for the land, the buildings and the furnishings (construction of the building would cost $13,000 less than the contractors originally estimated), as well as a $4 million endowment to sponsor research and publication by graduate students and faculty. continue reading

Last updated: August 13, 2018 - 12:13pm