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Library spaces

Whether you need to concentrate in a quiet space, work quietly with a friend or study in a group, there is place for you in the Library

The Library offers a wide range of settings to help you do your best. Using any Library spaces means being considerate of other users of the spaces, by:

  • Keeping talk at a low volume whereever you are
  • Keeping phones on silent and not having phone conversations
  • Being mindful not to disturb others

Feel free to respectfully let someone know if they're disturbing you. They may be unaware of the impact they're having.

If a persistent noise or issue is disturbing your study please let us know.


Silent zones are your place to buckle down and get that work done, disturbance free.

  • You will find these zones marked with the blue and white 'Silent' banners.
  • These are for silent individual study only.
  • Text, don't talk - keep your phone on silent.

If you need to chat with friends, go to the unmarked areas anywhere else in the Library.

Other areas can be used to study individually or with friends.

Please be considerate of others. Whether its studying quietly with a friend or collaborating within a group, the Library has a space for you.

Outside of Silent zones, there are any number of spaces for you to work the way you want to. For some group work you might even want to book a study room.

Facilities by space

For a full list of facilities by site, see our Library facilities page.

Your belongings and your safety

In all study spaces, you should make sure that your belongings are not left unattended. If you have left something behind, or if you’re not feeling safe in our spaces, see our friendly Library or Security staff.

Food and Drink

While you’re free to have non-alcoholic drinks and eat in our libraries, please remember to put your rubbish in the bin and only eat hot food in kitchen or designated areas. For more information, see Governance.

Book a study room

Students and staff can book a group study room for up to two hours a day. If you’re more than 15 minutes late, someone else can use the room. Multimedia rooms can be booked for up to two hours.

Book a room here