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.
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 600 people, and there are 98 PCs available and a further 12 in Training Room 2 (when it is not being used for teaching). 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 seven 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 and a PC. Six of them have 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.
Please note if you need to use one of the data projectors, you will need to collect the remote control from the enquiry desk on Level 3 of the Library at the start of the session and leave your staff/student ID card as a deposit.
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 silent study
We know that on occassion you may prefer to study on your own in silence. To help you achieve this, Levels 1 and 2 are designated as silent study areas. In order to preserve the quiet study environment, chatting (even discussion about your course work / exams) eating, drinking (except bottled water) and using mobile phones are not permitted anywhere on Levels 1 and 2.
There are over 400 study spaces on Levels 1 and 2 where you can work in silence. There are also 57 PCs and 19 bookable individual study carrels which can be booked via the Rooms / PC bookings system.