- The Library

Study Areas and Bookable Work Rooms

The Library has a wide range of study spaces available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, where you can either work on your own or in a group.  There are also other spaces around campus.


Library seating and workstations

Learning commons

The Learning Commons are informal working environments for independent and group study.  These are non-bookable spaces.  Printing and copying facilities are available in each area.

In the Library
      • Level 2: a large open space beyond the turnstiles (which includes whiteboards).  Open 24/7.

Around campus and beyond
      • Norwood House Level 2: Open 8:00 am - 10:00 pm (Mon-Fri)
        (includes bookable group work and interview rooms) 
      • 6WS: 8:15 am - 7:15 pm (Mon-Fri)
      • Virgil Building (Manvers Street): open Mon-Fri, 8:00am-10:00pm; Sat-Sun, 10:00am-8:00pm 

Graduate commons

Dedicated postgraduate social, group and individual study spaces.


Individual study Areas

In the Library

We provide a range of different study environments so that you can choose the one which best reflects your needs. 
The Library's study spaces are located as follows (you might also like to refer to the floorplans):

      Silent study
      • Level 1: excluding group study room and training room
      • Level 5: whole floor including the PC areas

      Quiet study
      • Level 3: whole floor including PC areas and reading room (3.12)
      • Level 4: work areas excluding PC areas.  This is quieter away from the PC area, due to the proximity of the group work area.
      • Postgraduate workroom on Level 5 with twelve individual PCs and swipe-card access.

Around campus

Two teaching rooms have been made available on campus for additional student quiet study

      • 8W2.30: 60 spaces.  Open between 11:15 am and 2:05 pm Monday - Friday
      • CB5.1: 80 spaces.  Open between 11:15 am and 2:05 pm Monday - Friday

Group study Areas

In the Library
      Bookable rooms

      You can use the work rooms to practise group presentations for up to two hours in a single week.  Sign-up using the timetable attached to the door of the relevant workroom. The rooms are located as follows (you might also like to refer to the floorplans):

      • Level 1: a small bookable group study room with whiteboard.  This room is located through two sets of doors if using the East staircase - or to the right as you exit the lift.
      • Level 4: a bookable group study room for up to 14 people with projector and whiteboard.  This room is located on the East side of the building near the PC area.

      Non-bookable rooms
      • Level 2: non-bookable study room for three groups of six people, with glass boards for notes and display.  The room is located at the back of the Library, on the left-hand (north-west) side.  The level 2 Learning Commons is also suitable for group study.
      • Level 3 room 3.16: suitable for two groups of up to six people, with built in plasma screens and glass boards.  This room is on the East side of the building.
      • Level 4: an area near the front of the floor with open, flexible groupwork space.

Around Campus
      Bookable rooms

      Non-bookable rooms
      • Student Union Centre: flexible area on Level 2, and large group tables on level 3.

Using Library study areas

While using the study areas:

      • Please do not have mobile phone conversations in quiet and silent study areas.  If you are being disturbed by another user, you might like to bring the matter to the attention of a librarian.
      • You can drink bottled water within the study areas but please do not eat or drink anything else once you have entered through the turnstiles.  It is important that we maintain the Library as an uncluttered and hygienic environment.  If you would like to eat or drink: you can use the social space located to the right of the Reception/Security Desk on Level 2.
      • We welcome feedback.  Please leave a comment on the board by the lift on level 2, or email us.

Borrowing Equipment

      • In addition to the equipment outlined above, you might like to borrow audiovisual (AV) equipment.  Computing Services (BUCS) provide an AV service which hires out a wide range of equipment including laptops, speakers, DVD player and video cameras: refer to the full list of AV equipment to hire.

      • Laptops: If borrowing a laptop, you will also need to refer to the relevant terms and conditions.

      • Calculators can be borrowed from the Issue Desk on Level 2 on receipt of your Library Card.

      • White board pens should be available with the whiteboard but extra pens can be borrowed from the Issue desk on Level 2 during staffed hours.

      • To request or enquire about AV equipment or to report any issues with hired equipment, you can contact the AV Service as follows:

Computing Services Support

You can contact Computing Services as follows (if relevant, include the ID number of the PC that you are using):

      • Online enquiry form
      • Out of hours help
      • Telephone: 01225 383434
      • In-person at the Computing Services Service Desk (located in the Library on the West side of level 2).  Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Wed: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.