About the Room

The Arthur Upson Room was an endowed gift to the University of Minnesota as a memorial to Arthur Upson, an alumnus of the University and a lecturer in the English Department. The room and its original reading collection were to provide a place for reading for the sheer pleasure of intellectual discovery. In keeping with the original purpose of the donor, the Arthur Upson Room is available for events that highlight the academic mission of the University and celebrate the spirit of intellectual curiosity and discovery.

The room has seating capacity for 32 in the Standard layout. [The high-backed chairs adjacent to the fireplace are intended for display only. Please note: rearrangement of Upson Room furniture is not permitted by guests.] Other than limited electrical service, the room does not have built in equipment for presentations. Wireless internet access is available.

Conditions of Use

All requests for Upson Room reservations are reviewed for approval by the University Librarian. Events including food and beverages are permitted in the room. All arrangements for caterers, equipment rental, etc. must be coordinated by renter when making reservation requests. Any use of alcoholic beverages requires an approved permit from the Office of Risk Management. Users of the room will take responsibility for leaving the room in the same condition as it was when the reservation began. Any after-use cleaning beyond the normal custodial routines will be charged to the EFS number provided with the reservation request.

The Upson Room must be locked when not in use and should not be left unattended during an event.

No open flames are allowed in the Upson Room; this includes candles and fuel for chafers.

Catered events in the Upson Room require a food permit submitted to the University Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). EHS requires at least five business days before the event if using a licensed commercial food service or ten business days when using any other source of food/beverage. The food permit can be found on the EHS site here. Additional information about the food policy can be found on this page under Food Safety.
 
A food permit is not required if:
  • M Dining (1851 Heritage Catering) is catering an event or bringing food and/or drink.
  • Small potlucks or department events or meetings restrict food to the group or department and there is no advertising of the event or invitations sent outside the group or department,
  • Only snack foods or light refreshments are provided, which come pre-packaged such as chips, pretzels, canned goods, or bottled drinks.

To submit a reservation request, please use the online Upson Room Reservation form. Call the Walter Library Building Office 612-624-6335 if you have additional questions.

Reserving the Room

In keeping with the original purpose of the donor, the Arthur Upson Room is available to University departments for events that highlight the academic mission of the University and celebrate the spirit of intellectual curiosity and discovery. All requests for reservations must be reviewed and approved by the University Librarian. An EFS number and contact name are also required for all requests. Please see the chart below for charges related to evening and weekend events and fees for special room arrangements. All arrangements for caterers, equipment rental, etc. must be coordinated when making reservation requests.

Hours
Hours 
University and Campus Life Groups 
(per hour) 
Non-Profit and Registered Student Groups
(per hour)
 All Other Groups 
(per hour)
Notes
8:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday - Friday (excluding University Holidays) $25 $35 $50 Charged in whole hour increments
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Monday - Friday,
or 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday - Sunday 
$55 $65 $110 Charged in whole hour increments; Minimum reservation of four hours Saturday - Sunday 
After 5:00 PM Saturday - Sunday $110 $130 $220 Charged in whole hour increments; Minimum reservation of four hours Saturday - Sunday
Amenities
Description   Notice Required  Fee Notes

Special Room Arrangements and Room Reset/Clean-up 

One week

 $75 (per hour) 
Fee for rearrangement of tables and chairs from the Standard layout (adding additional seating, arranging for security staff, and returning room to Standard Layout). View Upson Room Layout Options.
 
Food and beverage is permitted in the room (see above food permit requirements). It is the renter's responsibility to meet catering staff for delivery and to stay in the room until catering staff have cleared food and equipment from the room at the end of reservation time.
 
Room amenities include: portable projection screen, sound system with microphones (hand held and lavalier) and lectern (with microphone and lighting). 
Cancellations
Notice Fee Notes
Two weeks or more No fee  
Less than two weeks, but more than 24 hours  $50  
Less than 24 hours, or no-show  Full Room Rental   
Saturday - Sunday Cleaning Fee  $282  All events held on weekends will be charged this fee each day. 
 

To use the room, you must submit a reservation request. Please use the online Upson Room Reservation form. If you have additional questions, call the Walter Library Building Office 612-624-6335.