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Study space

Bookable study space

All campus libraries are now open with bookable study spaces available for University of Leeds staff and students, and NHS members.

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.

From 5 November, you must wear your face mask all the time in the library.

Studying on campus

Additional drop-in study spaces are available on campus, where you don’t need to book in advance. Please use these if you need somewhere to study for a short amount of time, or you want to meet for socially-distanced group work, or if the library is fully booked.

Studying in the Library

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

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

Book your place through Eventbrite.

Edward Boyle Library study spaces

study spaces with power socket access

Laidlaw Library study spaces

study spaces with power socket access
study spaces with no access to power socket

Brotherton Library study spaces

study spaces with power socket access
study spaces with no access to power socket

Health Sciences Library study spaces

study spaces with power socket access
study spaces with no access to power socket

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. If you only need somewhere to study for a short amount of time, please use one of the drop-in study spaces elsewhere on campus.

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, at the Brotherton entrance in the Parkinson building and on Woodhouse Lane for the Laidlaw Library.

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.