Heating & Air Conditioning
The heating and air conditioning go off at night and on weekends. If you are in the building after hours, we ask that you open your window or use a space heater as your first resource. If the temperature is still uncomfortable, or if you are planning on working for many hours at a time, you may use the green override buttons located in the lobby and inside the large cubicle in the fellows' wing. These buttons activate the heating and air conditioning systems for the entire building. In the interests of energy conservation, please use discretion in activating these.
Fans and Heaters
We have a limited number of fans and space heaters, which fellows may request for use in their office if the temperature becomes uncomfortably hot or cold. See our office coordinator if you find you have a need for one.
The Center has a few bicycles available for fellows to borrow on an occasional basis for running errands on campus. Please see our event coordinator (office 146) for the keys. Bicycle racks are provided on both sides of the building. Bikes are not allowed indoors.
Since bicycles are used by both staff and fellows, please do not keep a bike out for more than 24 hours before you return it.
(Reminder: if you plan to bring a bike to campus, it must be registered at Parking and Transportation Services, 723-9362. For more information, please see their website).
Use and Booking of Public Rooms
Casual use of the Baker Room, Board Room, and Levinthal Hall for fellows' study or conversation is encouraged when not already booked for a workshop or other event. There are also several areas with chairs and tables that fellows should feel free to use for reading or quiet conversation, such as the Geballe Library. Any furniture moved should be returned to its place as soon as the event is finished. Fellows may also book these spaces for academic events by filling out a reservation form. Please check availability and policies with our office coordinator and use the room reservation forms on our website.
Fellows are also free to use the Watt Common Room (lunchroom) without booking, except between the hours of 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on weekdays when lunch activities, including setup and cleanup, are taking place. Fellows may book the public rooms for events (see information on specific rooms below). Note that the Center's rooms are not available for courses or for student events, whether booked directly or through fellows. Interior and exterior patios are for the exclusive use of fellows, unless they have been previously booked.
The Geballe Library
The library (located in the staff wing) contains basic reference books, including a number of foreign language dictionaries, and publications by past and present fellows and directors. In addition, the Center receives the following periodicals: San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times (Mon.-Fri.), the New York Times Book Review, TLS, the New York Review of Books, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the London Review of Books, and the Guardian Weekly. Books honored in our annual Book Celebration and by invited lecturers are also on display here.
The books and periodicals in this library are for reference only and are made available for everyone's perusal. As a courtesy to others, we ask that fellows not remove any books or materials from this library without consulting the associate director.
We continue to add more volumes, and would be very grateful if: a) you could give our office coordinator any written suggestions for books, periodicals, or newspapers to be added; and b) if you would donate any of your own publications to the library. We believe the collegial character of the Center will be enhanced if incoming fellows contribute (within reason) copies of their major publications so that fellows may read one another's published work.