Room Reservations

The Columbia School of Social Work’s building, located at 1255 Amsterdam Avenue, is an instructional facility dedicated to the educational and research needs of Social Work students and faculty. The spaces are primarily used for the School of Social Work’s courses and other academic activities. The School can accommodate requests for rooms, if space is available, to be used by Columbia Affiliates and external groups outside the University.

Columbia School of Social Work (CSSW) accepts reservations for space use on a prioritized basis from the User Groups listed below. Please note that spaces are in high demand for School of Social Work courses, meetings, advising sessions, and other academic activities.

  • Internal Users (School of Social Work)
  • University Users (Columbia University Affiliates)
  • External Users (Non-Affiliates: Groups/Organizations without affiliation to the School or University)
  • For more Information on Policies, Room Types, Floor Plans, AV Services, and Fees:

  • CSSW Facilities Use Guidelines and Policy Handbook
  • CSSW Facilities Use Policy
  • CSSW Facilities Use Agreement
  • Have questions about Room Types? Answers here

    Have questions about Floor Plans? Answers here

    Have questions about AV Services? Answers here

    Have questions about Fees? Answers here

    Policies at CSSW

    Full-time Faculty

    Through your EMS Web App account, you may directly reserve conference rooms and request classrooms and breakout rooms. NOTE: For login assistance, please contact

    Adjunct Faculty & TAs

    If you would like to reserve classrooms, conference rooms, or breakout rooms, please check room availability and then send an email request to Instructional Support Services (ISS): NOTE: Instructors who would like to make a one-time classroom switch, combine classes, or extend class time should email Instructional Support Services (ISS) at ISS will coordinate the changes, then Room Reservations will update EMS.


    To make a room reservation to meet with your students, please complete the following three steps:

    1. Check room availability on the EMS Web App.
    2. Download the Advisor Room Request Form (MS word: 1 page) and fill out. NOTE: This form can also be found in Course Works, under “Files & Resources.”
    3. E-mail the form to


    Please log in to your EMS Web App account to check room availability and reserve a room. NOTE: For login assistance, please contact

    Student Leaders/Groups

    Recognized student groups may reserve rooms and common areas on floors 4, 3, 2, and the concourse level. For further information and assistance, please contact the Program & Events Coordinator at, in the Office of Student Services. Questions? Please email

    CU Affiliates

    If you are a CU Affiliate, please refer to our CSSW Facilities Use Policy and CSSW Facilities Use Agreement to make a reservation request. You will need to fill out the Social Work-Event Reservation Form to initiate a room request.

    Please send your room reservation request to


    If you are not affiliated with Columbia University, please review our CSSW Facilities Use Policy and complete the CSSW Facilities Use Agreement. Send the completed form and request to

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    Room Types


    Classrooms have a Dell Optiplex computer with high-speed Internet connection, a projection system, DVD/CD player, VCR, and audio system. Overhead projectors are available on request. Requests must be made two business days in advance.

    Seminar Rooms

    Designed for small classes, seminar rooms include a Dell Optiplex computer, a projection system, DVD/CD player, VCR, audio system, and wireless network capability.

    Conference Rooms

    Designed for small group meetings, conference rooms include a wireless Crestron control panel, high-speed Internet connection, a projection system, DVD/CD player, VCR, audio system, and wireless network capability. There is a network connection and power located in a floor box under the conference room table for laptop connectivity. It is strongly encouraged to test your laptop prior to the start of your meeting. If you would like an AV orientation to a conference room, please email your request to with a minimum of two business days’ notice.

    Case Study Rooms C03, C05, C06

    Case-study rooms have fixed desks and tiered seating. There is a podium at the front of the room with a microphone, Dell Optiplex computer with high-speed Internet connection, a projection system, DVD/CD player, VCR, and audio system. These rooms have video conference capabilities, with 2 projectors, microphones at every other seat. Requests must be made in writing two months in advance.

    Electronic Classroom

    Equipped with 25 Dell Optiplex stations as well as an Instructor Desk, the electronic classroom is designed and used for lab exercises. It can function as either an electronic classroom with student computers or as a traditional classroom with desk space.

    Role-Play and Interview Rooms

    Role-play rooms are used to video-record client interviews and mock client interviews for review. Microphones and digital cameras are installed in these rooms and can send signals back to the CMHE for distribution. These rooms can only be requested by the CSSW community.

    Breakout rooms

    These rooms are designed to accommodate small groups. There is no AV equipment, but wireless network is available.

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    Floor Plans

    Concourse Level

    Room    Max. Capacity    Room Type
    C02 16 Seminar Room
    C03 73 Case Study
    C05 50 Case Study
    C06 50 Case Study

    3rd Floor

    Room    Max. Capacity    Room Type
    301 27 Classroom
    302 20 Classroom
    304 32 Classroom
    305 28 Classroom
    306 6 Breakout Room
    307 4 Breakout Room
    311 28 Classroom
    312 28 Classroom
    311/312 125 Classroom

    4th Floor

    Room    Max. Capacity    Room Type
    401 25 Electronic Classroom
    (limited availability)*
    404 32 Classroom
    405 32 Classroom
    406 28 Classroom
    407 6 Breakout Room
    408 4 Breakout Room
    409 4 Breakout Room
    410 6 Breakout Room
    411 16 Group Role Play Room
    412 4 Interview Room

    5th Floor

    Room    Max. Capacity    Room Type
    512 12 (12) Conference Room

    6th Floor

    Room    Max. Capacity    Room Type
    607 12 (13) Conference Room

    7th Floor

    Room    Max. Capacity    Room Type
    702 12 (12) Conference Room
    705 12 (15) Conference Room

    8th Page

    Room    Max. Capacity    Room Type
    802 12 (12) Conference Room
    805 12 (15) Conference Room

    11th Floor

    Room    Max. Capacity    Room Type
    1101 16 Conference Room (CSSW Users Only)


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    AV Services

    Social Work Audio-Visual (SWAV) Hours

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    Room Rental

    Social Work Building Room Rental Fees

    (External Users – Organizations with
    affiliation to the School or University)
    Columbia University
    Schools and affiliates
    Concourse Level
    CO1/CO2 $125 each $150 each
    CO3 $600 $750
    CO5/CO6 $500 each $600 each
    3rd Floor
    301 $400 $500
    302 $325 $400
    304 $400 $500
    305 $400 $500
    306/307 $100 each $125 each
    311/312 $850 together/$400 each $1000 together/$500 each
    Terrace $475 $600
    4th Floor
    401 Electronic Classroom Please contact for quote
    404/405/406 $400 each $500 each
    407/408/409/410 $100 each $125 each
    11th Floor
    Terrace $475 $600

    Labor, Custodial, and Security

    Certain events depending on the day, time and room may require charges.

    Labor Charge (for changes/additions to standard classroom layout):

    • $500 – Room 311/312
    • $250 – Estimated for all other classrooms

    Custodial Charge (for cleanup after event): $55-85/hour

    For Columbia University or CSSW events, custodial charges are billed directly from Columbia University Facilities. This is just a guide to calculate an estimate for your event. There is a 1-hour minimum for cleanup after each event. If custodial staff is needed after 2:30pm Monday-Friday and at any time on weekends for an event, there is a 4-hour minimum.

    If there will be food served for an event, custodial clean-up is mandatory and you will be charged.

    Security Charge (applies after posted building hours): $50/hour


    CSSW Internal Users please contact
    Columbia Affiliates and Non-Affiliates please contact for assistance with your reservation.

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