Learning environments, study spaces and room bookings
The Library provides a range of different spaces for you to study in, so choose the one right for you.
When you use the Library, there are a wide range of different learning spaces. When you come into the Library, you can decide what is best for you
- If you want quiet study and group study, go to Levels 1, 2 and 4. You can also have drinks on these Floors but food is not allowed
- If you want silent study, there is an area specifically for this purpose on Level 4
- If you want group study where you can eat and drink, Level 3 is ideal
- Group study facilities are available on all four Levels
We recognise that you can learn from your friends, so we have provided a large social study area called Open 3. Here you can discuss your work with your friends without worrying about disturbing others, as a reasonable level of noise is tolerated.
Open 3 seats over just under 550 people, and there are 61 PCs available. You will also notice benching with sockets under the windows, this area is for you to use your laptops in comfort, as the whole Library is wireless-networked.
Food and drink can be consumed throughout Open 3 and mobile phones can be used too. Café 641 (the Library's large and popular café) is also part of Open 3.
Group study rooms
There are 10 bookable group study rooms of variable sizes distributed throughout the Library. These rooms are equipped with a range of facilities, including: white board, flip chart, PC and data projectors so that you can easily discuss work in large groups or practise presentations. So make sure you book the room that suits your needs.
As the rooms are in high demand, ensure you take up your booking within 15 minutes of the start time, as those rooms remaining empty after this time will be made available to other readers.
The University has a number of other areas suitable for group work, including wireless-networked spaces in the Edward Herbert and James France Buildings.
Individual study spaces for quiet study
We know that on occasion you may prefer to study on your own in quiet. To help you achieve this, Levels 1 and 2 are designated as quiet study areas. In order to preserve the quiet study environment, chatting (even discussion about your course work / exams) eating, and using mobile phones are not permitted anywhere on Levels 1 and 2.
There are over nearly 500 study spaces on Levels 1 and 2 where you can work in quiet. There are also 50 PCs and 19 bookable individual study carrels which can be booked via the Rooms / PC bookings system.
It is also very important that you have access to silent study spaces when you need to concentrate. On Level 4, there is a silence area which can seat 70 people. People cannot eat or use mobile phones in this area. This space is intended to be always silent. If it is not, let Library staff know.