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Study space

Bookable study space

The Library has limited study space available for essential use only. Please do not come to the Library unless you absolutely have to, stay at home and do not travel to campus.

The Department for Education defines essential use primarily to support the following categories of students:

  • those studying medicine, dentistry, nursing and other subjects allied to medicine/health, education (initial teacher training) and social work
  • those on a very limited number of courses which require Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) assessments and/or other PSRB mandatory activity
  • those requiring additional support, including those with mental health and wellbeing issues
  • and, in exceptional circumstances, those who do not have access to appropriate study spaces or facilities in their accommodation.

Please think very carefully before you book a library study space so that they can be used by those who need them most, and so that we continue to play our part in reducing the number of visits to campus and so reduce the spread of the virus.

Covid-secure study

The Library is a Covid secure environment. We regularly check compliance with Covid guidelines, including:

  • use of face coverings at all times
  • following the one-way systems
  • keeping a two metre social distance at all times.

If you don’t follow this guidance we reserve the right to ask you to leave, in order to keep our staff and other students safe.

Follow our Covid-19 safety measures.

Book a study space in advance

Please use the University’s coronavirus testing facility regularly if you use our study space. If you need access to materials for study, please use the click and collect service. Spaces in the Library are for silent individual study only, due to social distancing guidelines. There is no access to group study facilities.

The Edward Boyle and Laidlaw Libraries are open for essential use only for University of Leeds staff and students, and NHS members. Please do not come to the Library unless you absolutely have to, stay at home and do not travel to campus.

Edward Boyle Library study spaces

study spaces with power socket access
level 13 study space for staff and postgraduates only

Laidlaw Library study spaces

study spaces with power socket access

LUU study space

There are also some bookable study spaces in LUU, in Common Ground.

Booking information

You can book a study space up to three days in advance. New spaces are released at 3pm.

The study space you book will be yours for the full session, you may enter and leave the library at any time during your session.

Please limit your bookings to two sessions per week. Please cancel your booking if you can’t make the session.

We will confirm your booking by email. Please bring this with you and show your booking confirmation on arrival.

If your preferred session is fully booked, it’s worth checking back in case of cancellations.

When you arrive

Please queue outside the main entrance if necessary. This is in front of the Edit Room café for the Edward Boyle Library and on Woodhouse Lane for the Laidlaw Library. Queues are more likely at the start of the study session, so if you want to avoid standing in line, arrive a little later.

Wear your face mask at all times inside the library. Once inside, show your booking confirmation and University ID to a member of staff. They will provide you with a desk number.

Follow the signage to find your numbered seat. Please only use your assigned study space. Moving desks could have implications for any track and trace activity needed.

Keeping you safe

Please help us keep everyone safe by following our Covid-19 safety measures.

  • Wear a face covering at all times in the library, unless you are exempt.
  • Use the clearly marked areas and floor markings to navigate around the building
  • Study spaces have been marked in line with current social distancing guidelines, only use the desk you are assigned
  • Use the sanitisation stations throughout the Library
  • Clean your study desk before and after you use it and put the used wipes in the general waste bins
  • Take all your belongings with you when you have finished
  • Do not browse or take books from the shelves, use click and collect to order the books you need
  • Wash your hands regularly.

These measures are in line with the University’s Working Together to Stay Safe Guidelines.

Contact us

Please contact us by email or webchat if you have any enquiries. The enquiry desks in the Library are not currently open.