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Event Reservation Overview

The Penn Law Event Planning & Room Reservations system ( allows faculty, staff, and students to submit room reservation requests for events held at Penn Law. In addition, they can request support/services for their event including technology, room set-up, and event needs.The reservation system runs on the EMS software platform.

Please email with any further questions.


Reservation Structure

Events are comprised of three main components that exist in an hierarchy. Reservations are made up of one more bookings, and each booking has a number of booking services.

  • Reservations: The who (contact) and the what (event name) of the event
  • Bookings: The where (location) and when of the event. (1+ per reservation)
  • Booking Services: Technology, room setup, etc… (0+ per booking)

IMPORTANT: When requesting a room/services, please keep in mind that reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. The system will not return any available rooms for an event less than 24 hours in advance.

Create a Reservation

Search for a Room

When searching for a room, please enter the actual start and end time for your event as you would like them to appear on a calendar.

The system will automatically add set-up and tear-down time for your event. (Most rooms: 10 mins; The Great Hall, the Goat, & the Clock: 2 hours; Levy: 3 hours).

Reservations are made from

  1. Click Reservations and choose Request a Room/Services.
  2. Enter the date and time of your event.
  3. Enter the number of people who will be in attendance and click the Find Space button.Search for a Room

Schedule a Recurring Reservation

If you need to schedule a recurring reservation, click the Recurrence button when searing for a room. Recurring Reservations require you to enter the following information.

  • Time: Both a start and end time
  • Recurrence Pattern: How often the reservation is to recur (daily/weekly/monthly/random).
  • Range of Recurrence: A start date and an end date or absolute number of recurrences.

Click the Apply Recurrence button to apply your choices.

Select Rooms

A list of available locations will appear in the center of the screen.

  1. Click on a green plus sign to select a location. Repeat for as many locations as you desire.
  2. Your selected locations will appear under the “Selected Locations” heading.
  3. Click on a Red X to remove a location.Select Rooms

You can repeat the Search for a Room steps to change the date/time and add additional locations to the reservation.

Set Event Details

When creating your event, please provide a secondary contact if available in the *Group Details section.

  1. Click the Details tab.
  2. Enter an Event Name and Event Type.
  3. Enter your Group Details.
  • Students: Select your group, set Contact to (temporary contact), and enter your contact information.
  • Faculty/Staff: Select your department and name from the group and contact lists.Event Details


Technology can be in the Technology section. To add technology, click the checkbox and enter the quantity. Enter 1 if quantity is not applicable.

For example, if you require microphones for 3 panelists you would enter the number 3.Technology

Room Setup & Event Needs

Room setup and event needs are selected the same way as technology. Enter 1 if quantity is not applicable. Please not that not all setups are available for every room.

A listing of Penn Approved caterers is available from the Links link at the top of the window.Approved Caterers

Submit Your Reservation

When finished, click the “Submit Reservation” button at the bottom of the form.

Submit Reservation

A copy of the reservation request will be emailed to the requestor (user who is logged in.) Once your request has been approved, the requestor and contacts will receive an email confirmation.

Manage Your Existing Reservations

View Your Existing Reservations

You can view the status of your existing reservations through EMS at

  1. Click Reservations and then choose View My Requests.
  2. Click on the Event Name to view the Reservation Details tab.View Reservations

Reservation Details

Selecting a reservation will display the Reservation Details page. From here, you can choose from the links on the right to make changes to your reservation or the Bookings list at the bottom to update individual bookings.

Update Your Reservation

  • Edit Reservation: Edit the details and contact for your reservation.
  • Add Booking: Add a booking to your reservation. Visit the Create a Reservation for a step-by-step refresher on adding bookings.Update Reservation

Update Your Bookings

  1. Cancel Booking: Click the Cancel Booking button to cancel a booking.
  2. Edit Booking: Click the Edit Booking button to change the time or location of a booking (see the Create a Reservation guide for a step-by-step refresher).
  3. Modify Services: Click the Services button to add, update, or cancel services (see below).Update Booking

Add, Update, or Cancel Services

After clicking the Services button (green plus sign), a list of available services and questions will appear in a left-hand column.

  1. Adding a Service: Click on a service in the left-hand column to add a new service.
  2. Update a Service: If you have existing services, use the Add Service (green plus icon) or Edit Service button (pencil icon) that appears on the right-hand side.
  3. Remove a Service: If the service you selected has already been added, click the Cancel Service to remove it.Update Services

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