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Novel Grounds

General Information

Novel Grounds is located on the 1st floor of B.D. Owens Library and features one retail location, Starbucks. Novel Grounds is known as the library's comfy, collaborative space and offers two and four-person tables, as well as, oversized lounge seating. Novel Grounds is a highly popular space among students, faculty, staff, and the Maryville community. While this space is available to all campus and community members, resources are indented to support the goals and mission set out by the university. Therefore, reservations are limited to Fridays and Saturdays between 5:30 pm and 11:00 pm, when classes are in session.

B.D. Owens Library reserves discretion to make exceptions or decline requests based on university/library needs and/or disruption to regular operations.

Available Hours

Reservations for the Novel Grounds space can be made when classes are in session, during the following days and times: 

  • Fridays 5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays 5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

The Novel Grounds space cannot be reserved when the University is closed. 

Reservation Rates and Fees

Group Charge
Non-university affiliated group $200 per hour
Alumni/Employee/Military $150 per hour
Student Organization Groups $100 per hour
Internal University Groups No charge

*All groups may be subject to a pay on-duty student technology fee, event set-up costs, and costs for any other services required (i.e. University Police/Security services). 

*Step-up and tear-down are included in billed time. 

*Cancellation fee:

  • Written notice received at least 3 months prior to the event - Full Refund
  • Written notice received less than 3 months prior to the event - 50% Refund

General University Policies

  • Shirts and shoes are required.
  • No skateboards, bikes, inline skates, or pets.
  • Northwest Missouri State University is a smoke-free campus.
  • Alcohol products are allowed in university facilities with approval from the University President.
  • Due to the university's dining policy, health licensing restrictions, and an exclusive contract with the university food service contractor, all foods/beverages utilized in university facilities should be arranged through Northwest Catering at 660.562.1275. If seeking outside vendor approval please contact Auxiliary Services at 660.562.1430.
  • Due to fire regulations, use of open candles are not allowed in any campus facility; however, enclosed candles for catered events may be used.
  • All events are subject to a security audit prior to final confirmation. Any and all large event requests will be shared with University Police for an audit to best determine how to serve the event and protect the entire Northwest community. As a result of this audit, University Police/Security may be required at the event. If security is required a fee may be assessed. It may be determined that the event will not be approved. Not all events are appropriate for a campus community and those requiring personnel must work within the scheduling limits of that staff and other campus needs. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Auxiliary Services Office or University Police at any time.

Making a Request

All questions and requests can be directed to:

Terra Feick
Assistant Library Director, Access Services
B.D. Owens Library 113

Rental Agreements

Rental Agreements are required and will be reviewed with the Assistant Library Director, Access Services and Library Director no less than 45 days before the event. All Rental Agreements require the signature of the Vice President of Finance. Rental Agreements and insurance certification will be due at least 45 days prior to the event.  

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