Forbes Library offers three meeting rooms. When not required for the use of the library or library related organizations, they may be used by other groups.

In addition to the meeting rooms, small quiet meetings may be held anywhere in the library not designated as a quiet study area.

Descriptions of the Rooms

RoomCapacityLocationSizeFurnishings and Equipment
Bak Study Room6Second floor12′ x 11′4′ round table and 3 chairs
2 Whiteboards and markers
Watson Room15Mezzanine18′ x 10′one 6′ x 4′ conference table and chairs
Friends of Forbes
Community Room
50Basement22′ x 31′Up to 8 conference tables or 30 chairs
Video projector and screen

The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum and the Hampshire Room for Local History are not available for private bookings.
You may also wish to consider other meeting facilities in the Northampton Area.


  • Online: use the Meeting Room Scheduler.
  • In person or by phone: for the Bak Study room contact the Arts and Music Desk (413-587-1013); for the Watson Room contact the Business Office (413-587-1017). For reservations within 24 hours, please contact us by phone.
  • Additional equipment: when reserving the Watson Room or the Community Room, you can also request the use of the Meeting Owl Pro, a videoconferencing camera useful for hybrid events or meetings.
  • Fee Schedule


See the page for each room for special considerations regarding use of that space. The Meeting Rooms Policy includes restrictions and rules regarding meeting room reservations and use.