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Study space

Bookable study space

You can use our drop-in study spaces or book a study space in advance. You can also book group study rooms and accessible workspaces.

Please keep all of your belongings with you at all times – do not leave valuables unattended if you leave the Library for any reason.

Drop-in study

The majority of our study spaces are available on a drop-in basis.

To use drop-in spaces, scan your University ID card at the Library entrance and find an available study space.

There are lots of different spaces across campus for drop-in study. Use Spacefinder to find a space that suits you.

Book a study space in advance

Book an individual study space

Some study spaces in each library are available to book in advance.

Watch our video on how to book a space and what you need to do when you get to the Library. Information about how to access and use your study space is also included in your confirmation email. Please read this carefully.

Booking information

Bookable study space is limited so to make it as fair as possible the following limits are in place:

  • you can book up to 7 days in advance
  • you can have up to three bookings at any one time. As soon as one of your sessions is complete (or you cancel) you can make another booking
  • you can book a maximum of 7 hours per session
  • you must check in online within the first 30 minutes of your booked session or it will be cancelled.

If you book a space and no longer need it, please cancel your booking to release the space for someone else.

If you are an NHS user registered with the library or a postgraduate student from an institution with an access agreement, please email to book a place.

We continually review the use of our spaces, listen to student feedback and monitor government guidance. We may make further changes, if needed.

Group study spaces

Book a group study space

Group rooms and booths are available to book group work. When using the booking system, select Group Study Rooms & Booths from the Category dropdown menu. Please consider the size of your group when booking. The system shows how many people can fit into each space.

One person should book the space on behalf of the group. You must also check in online within the first 30 minutes of your booked session or it will be cancelled.

Group spaces have AirMedia screens. AirMedia is software that wirelessly connects up to four laptops on a big screen in a group room or booth in the Laidlaw or Edward Boyle Library. You need to download some client software onto your laptop or device for this to work. Download AirMedia client

Contact us

Please contact us by email or webchat if you have any enquiries.