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Study space

The Edward Boyle, Laidlaw and the Brotherton Library are now open for study, with bookable study spaces available for University of Leeds staff and students, and NHS members.

To begin with, there are a small number of study spaces available per day. We will increase the number of study spaces, open up other library buildings and extend our opening hours, as part of a rolling programme during September.

We have worked hard to make sure the Library is as safe as possible. There are a number of changes to how you use the Library, with signage for one-way routes for entering and leaving the library, sanitiser stations throughout the building, socially distanced allocated study spaces and cleaning wipes for desks.

Studying in the Library

You must book your study space in advance.

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.

Please stay at home if you are displaying any coronavirus symptoms.

Book a study space in advance

Book your place through Eventbrite:

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.

Bookings will close at 2pm for access the following day.

Booking slots are released on a weekly basis.

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

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.

Wear your face mask when moving about 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. These are allocated in advance so moving desks means you could be taking someone else’s space who hasn’t arrived yet. There could also be implications for any track and trace activity.

Keeping you safe

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

  • Wear a face covering when you are moving about in the library, unless you are exempt. You may remove your mask whilst studying.
  • 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.

Contact us

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