Your assessments, exams, and the Library
Laidlaw 24 hour opening, using the Library and how to prepare for your exams and online time limited assessments this January.
Assessments and exams start on Monday 10 January and whether your exams are in-person or online, we can support you throughout the remainder of your revision and across the assessment period.
24 hour opening at the Laidlaw
The Laidlaw will open at 10am on Sunday 9 January and will remain open 24 hours a day until Friday 21 January.
Other campus libraries will be open, see our opening hours for a full view.
A space for online assessments and revision
The majority of Library spaces are for walk-in use, and there is no need to book. However, we do have a small number of bookable seats available in each Library.
If you would prefer to book your space in advance, visit our study space webpage for details on how to book. Please remember to check-in when you arrive and check out if you’re leaving the space before the end of your booked session. This will open the space up to someone else.
For details on other places to study on campus, please visit the For Students spaces for study page.
If you need a space where you can talk aloud, use the online learning space on level 8 at the Edward Boyle Library.
Get assessment ready
You can access revision support online, with lots of techniques on how to approach your revision and make it effective. We’ve also collected a number of tips, resources and exams ebooks onto the Skills@Library Revision, Procrastination and Assessments padlet.
If your assessments are online, you can use our guide to online exams and assessments to help you understand what is expected of you, how you can prepare yourself and your environment to make sure you get the most out of the allocated time.
There’s lots more assessment advice available on For Students – including past papers, information on avoiding plagiarism and how to access mitigating circumstances support.
Support each other in the Library
Assessments can be a challenging time so please consider other users when you visit the Library.
You must wear a face covering at all time in the Library, unless you are exempt.
You should take lateral flow tests at least twice a week – test kits are available in all libraries and at the LUU helpdesk. You can also order test kits online for home delivery.
Please don’t come to the Library if you have any symptoms of Covid 19.
Share the space
Libraries can get very busy during exams and everyone’s a bit stressed. Please consider those around you and take any belongings with you if you're leaving for longer than 30 minutes. Don't save spaces for your friends, as others need to use the Library just as much.
There are no restrictions on how long you can use walk-in study spaces, but you can only use booked study spaces for the duration of your booking. Please only sit in bookable study spaces if you have pre-booked the space – look out for signage that says you are entering the booked study area.
Please stay quiet in silent study areas
We know that with more people using the libraries, there can be extra noise but please keep noise to a minimum in silent study spaces. If you need to have a chat or let off some steam, feel free to visit any of the café facilities close to the libraries.
Keep the space clean
We have recycling bins available at all libraries so clear any rubbish you create into the recycling bins before you leave. If you're not too sure which recycling bin to use then use the general waste bin.
Look after for yourself
It’s important to remember to take care of yourself when revising and undertaking assessments.
Take regular breaks
It's no secret that exams can be stressful and you need to take care of yourself. Take regular screen breaks and stay hydrated.
There are water fountains in all libraries so you can keep yourself hydrated and there are café facilities nearby to make sure you stay fed and watered. Find the nearest café space and their opening hours at Great Food at Leeds.
Our Galleries are the perfect place to take a break. The Treasure of the Brotherton Gallery and the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery are located in Parkinson Court and are open 10am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday.
The libraries are open late so you might be tempted to pull some all-nighters but please do make sure you get as much sleep as possible.
You may be given 48 hours to complete your online time limited assessment, but it is important to remember that you are not expected to spend all this time writing. Your assessment will include advice on how long to spend researching, writing and editing –take note of this.
Support is available if you need it
There are many networks to help you cope. Leeds University Union can provide advice through the LUU Help & Support Team, whilst also offering student societies for you to take a break from your studies.
Also on hand to help you is The Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service at the University of Leeds. On their webpage, you will find a wealth of self-help resources, as well as a self-referral space for personalised support.
If you would prefer to reach out anonymously, togetherall is also available for you to unpack your thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential online space.
Keep your valuables safe
Don't leave your valuables unattended. If you're leaving for a while, do make sure you take your stuff with you.
Follow us @UoLLibrary for motivation, tips, and support during the exam period.