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Your guide to the Library during exams

Find out about our opening hours, study spaces and the support on offer over the exam period.

Exams can be stressful so we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know to get you through this January’s exams.

Opening hours

The Laidlaw will open around the clock from Sunday 12 January. Doors will open at 10am and the Laidlaw Library will remain open 24 hours for the full exam period – closing at midnight on Friday 24 January.

The Edward Boyle Library will open until midnight every day during exams – and will continue to open until midnight throughout term two. Health Sciences will extend opening hours until midnight on Thursday 2 January until Saturday 4 January. Check the Library opening times for a full list of all Library opening hours during the exam period.

Leeds University Union have advice on services to get you home safely if you’re studying late, including the LUU Nightbus which costs just £1, and emergency arrangements are in place with Amber Taxis.

Study Spaces

All Library teaching rooms will open from Monday 6 January to ensure that there is plenty of space for you to study. This includes the teaching rooms on Laidlaw Level 1 and the Edward Boyle conference room on level 7.

We’ll have whiteboards at all libraries with regularly updated seat numbers so you’ll know where the spaces are. If you’re still not able to find a seat, just ask one of the Library staff and they can help.

There will be additional study spaces available at 11-14 Blenheim Terrace in rooms G.03, G.06 and G.12 between 9am and 4:30pm from Monday 6 January.

IT Computer Clusters will also be open for study so check availability for free computers. The list of clusters is available at the IT website, which includes locations and directions.

SCONUL and other external members will not be able to access the Library between Monday 6 and Friday 24 January.

Revision and exams support

We have a range of supportive resources filled with revision and exams advice with support available from Skills@Library to help you prepare. There is also one-to-one advice on hand, should you need it.

We put together some helpful blogs back in summer with revision advice from students and tips for getting through the day.

The Library Twitter account will share helpful messages across the period, so follow us for tips directly into your twitter feed.

Take care of yourself

Exams can be a stressful time and you need to take care of yourself. There are water fountains in or around all libraries so you can stay hydrated – there’s also the hot water dispenser on level 9 of the Edward Boyle for hot drinks. The Edit Room at the Edward Boyle Library are extending their opening hours from Saturday 11 January until the end of the exam period.

It’s good to take a screen break, leave for a walk or some food, but if you are gone for more than 30 minutes please clear your desk. And keep your stuff safe - don’t leave any valuables unattended.

LUU have arranged for their ever-popular free breakfast to be available from Old Bar/Common Ground and the LUU foyer will transform into the “Light Café” offering a nice environment to relax. There are a range of activities on offer during exams – including pet therapy, wellness activities and games. See a full list of events on the LUU website.

All students have access to Big White Wall which can be a helpful tool in managing stress and mental health concerns. It’s completely anonymous and offers support for almost any worries you might have during exams and beyond.

Be fair

It can get busy in the Library during exams and everyone can be a bit stressed. Students have told us that these will help:

  • Free up a desk if you’re leaving for over 30 minutes
  • don’t save spaces for your friends
  • clear away any rubbish into recycling bins before you leave
  • stay quiet in silent study areas – group study spaces are available if you need to have conversations.

Library staff are here to help so if you have problems using the Library during exams, get in touch via web chat or just ask a member of staff. You can also contact us via the website.

The Library team wish you all the best for your exams! Good luck!

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