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Exam time at the Library

Opening hours, finding a study space and everything else you need to about the Library during exams.

Here is your definitive guide to studying with us in the run up to exams.

Your Library looking out for you

Opening hours

The Laidlaw Library will be open around the clock from Sunday 5 May. Doors open on Sunday morning at 10am and they will stay open for the full duration of the exam period, closing at midnight on Friday 7 June.

Both the Edward Boyle and Health Sciences libraries will stay open until midnight every day during exams. Check the Library opening times for a full list of all Library opening hours during the exam period.

If you're studying late, you can use Leeds University Union services to get you home safely. The LUU Nightbus costs only £1, and emergency arrangements are in place with Amber Taxis.

Somewhere to study

We are opening up all of our teaching rooms to create as much additional revision space as possible. This includes the teaching rooms on Laidlaw Level 1 and the Edward Boyle conference room on level 7.

Library staff are here to support you so just ask, We know space is at a premium and we can try to help you to find a seat. All libraries will have a whiteboard which will inlcude regularly updated information on available study spaces across all sites.

Check the IT Computer Cluster availability to see a full list of clusters and where computers are free. If you don't know where all the clusters are, check the cluster map for directions.

Most schools and faculties have a dedicated study space, so speak to your Student Edication Service if you're not sure where this is in your building. There is also a handy guide about other study spaces on campus and beyond.

Speak to us

We'll have staff on hand via web chat to answer any concerns or queries you may have about the Library during exams. Web chat is available on the Library homepage—look out for the "chat now" button. Please do get in touch if you see someone spreading out over desks or abandoned belongings in revision spaces for a long time.

Revision and exams support

With handy revision and exams advice and tips, there's plenty of support from Skills@Library to help get you ready for your exams. We also have opportunities for a one-to-one appointment, should you need it.

We'll also be publishing tips on the Library blog throughout the revision and exam period so keep an eye there for additional support. 

SCONUL and external access

We've suspended external access and applications to the Library across the period in order to free up as much space for you as possible. It'll be re-opened for external access from Friday 7 June.

Looking out for each other

Share the space

The libraries can get very busy during exams and everyone’s a bit stressed. Please consider those around you and take any belonging 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.

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 in all sites 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.

Looking out for yourself

Taking care

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 both the Refectory and The Edit Room in the Edward Boyle Library will have extended opening hours for the exam period so you can keep yourself fed.

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.

We invite all students to use Big White Wall which can be a really helpful tool for managing stress and mental health concerns. It's completely anonymous and offers support for almost any worries you might have during exams.


The LUU are offering a range of activities during exam time, including pet therapy, games nights, meditation and more. For a full list of events, take a look at the LUU website.

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.

Look out for your Library

We know that it can be a stressful time, but our staff are here to help. Let us know if you need our help by contacting us on web chat or asking anyone with a bright green lanyard.

Make sure any drinks you bring in have lids to avoid any messy spills and do take any rubbish to the recycling bins before you leave.

And finally...

Follow us @UoLLibrary for motivation, tips, and support during the exam period.


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