Study spaces

Information about study spaces available for students on our Loughborough campus.

For students who are already based at the Loughborough campus, or for those who will gradually be returning over the coming months, there are a variety of study spaces available to use across the site.

Those using the study spaces should wear a face covering at all times (unless exempt for medical reasons) and comply with the social distancing measures in place.

Please see below for opening times and further information such as the terms and conditions of using these spaces and how to book a space.

Additional study spaces

As the University Library is regularly reaching full capacity due to the social distancing guidelines in place, we encourage students to consider our alternative study spaces where possible. Please note these spaces have been adjusted to meet Covid-19 health and safety measures and will be open daily.

James France

The James France Exhibition Area and mezzanine level is open daily from 8am-6pm as well as Room CC029a. Combined, these spaces can accommodate up to 60 students. The mezzanine level has a number of PCs available to use, whilst the ground floor can accommodate students who require desk space.

The following rooms are also available:

  • D002
  • Learning Zone D003
  • D109 (capacity of 26)
  • D201 (capacity of 27)

West Park Teaching Hub

The West Park Teaching Hub Atrium can facilitate 27 study spaces, and the café will be operating for food and drink purchases.

Students are also encouraged to use lecture rooms within the building that are not currently timetabled for teaching activity. Please follow the instructions on any signage displayed in the building before using the rooms.


For the safety of everyone, the University Library has implemented a number of necessary measures. All four floors of the Library will reopen on Monday 12 April as essential study spaces for students who are based at the Loughborough campus.

There are approximately 450 spaces available across these four levels; please use the cleaning equipment provided to wipe down the study space and equipment before and after each use, and do not move any furniture or join a friend at their desk. When using the Library for study or for locating print stock, face coverings must be worn throughout.  

The Library’s opening hours will remain as standard term-time hours from Monday 26 April, operating from 8.30am-2am Monday to Friday, 9am-2am on Saturdays, and 10am-2am on Sundays. We will also be opening 24/7 from 24 May-23 June.

Please note upon entering the Library you may be asked to provide evidence of your asymptomatic test result, which you are required to have taken to use University facilities. 

Browsing and borrowing

Our shelves will be open to all users. As with the rest of the Library building, face coverings are required when browsing and floor signage is in place to allow for social distancing and a one-way route. We ask that users only touch books they are interested in looking at and borrowing.

Some areas may be cordoned off so staff can re-shelve items. If a book you require is in one of these areas, please let a member of staff know. 

All books will need to be taken out using the self-service machines. Books can only be returned via book drop boxes, which are available both in and outside of the Library.

Online booking system for study spaces

The Library has allocated approximately 250 individual study spaces which can be booked in advance. 

This includes booths on Level 4, study carrels on Levels 1 and 2, individual rooms on all four floors of the Library, as well as individual study desks in the silent study area on Levels 1 and 2.

To do this, you will be required to make a reservation online using the University’s study space booking system.

Step-by-step instructions on how to use the Library study space booking system

Should you develop any symptoms of coronavirus after making your booking, please cancel it and follow University guidance.

IT Labs

We will also be keeping many of the IT Labs located across the Loughborough campus open for study. A full list of these can be found on the IT Services website.

Many of these labs are available 24/7, you will just need to swipe your student card to enter.

The following IT Labs have been recommended for students who are based on campus and require a study space:

East Design School LDS003
  John Cooper JCR009, JCR009a
Central Haslegrave N004, N005
  Stewart Mason SMB108, SMB109
West S Building S006

You can check the availability of the PCs in our IT Labs before travelling by using the University’s Software and PC Availability system. Alternatively, you can also remotely access the IT Lab PCs using your own device in the comfort of your own home, allowing you to access specialist software. More information on how to do this can be found on the IT Services website.