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Study space

Bookable study space

The Edward Boyle and Laidlaw Libraries are open with bookable study spaces available for University of Leeds staff and students, and NHS members. If you are able to study from home, please stay at home and do not travel to campus.

Studying in the Library

We have worked hard to make sure the Library is as safe as possible. Please read and follow what you should do to keep everyone covid-safe.

Please use the University’s coronavirus testing facility regularly if you use our study space. Details of campus requirements and how to book an asymptomatic test are available at the University’s Coronavirus website. You must wear your face mask at all times in the Library.

There is no access to the bookshelves. 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.

Book a study space in advance

You must book your study space in advance. Please stay at home if you are displaying any coronavirus symptoms.

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

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.