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November 18, 2021, by Emma

Top tips for getting the most from our library study space

Are you looking for study space to work on upcoming assessments?

We’ve put together some top tips to help you to make the best use of our library study space. From finding study space in libraries and other spaces to looking after your wellbeing whilst studying.

Drop-in or book in advance

Our libraries offer a range of bookable and drop-in study spaces from individual desks to bookable rooms and study spaces for groups.

You can just drop-in to the library and use any available space but if you want to be sure of a space or have a favourite spot, you can book individual and group spaces online in advance using Click and Study.

If you are looking for study space to take part in online learning, you can use any non-silent space for this. We just ask that you wear your headphones.

We also have a range of dedicated study spaces for students referred to us by Disability Support Services.

Don’t forget to check-in!

If you have booked study space, make sure you check into your space within 30 minutes of the start of your booking.

Scan the QR code on the desk or door of your study space or follow the link in your confirmation email. You’ll find the check-in code you need on this email too. If you’re running late, you can check-in online from anywhere.

If you don’t check in to your space, it will be made available for others to book.

Visiting our libraries

Don’t forget to bring your University Card with you. You will need that to access our libraries and to borrow books and print.

Make sure you check library opening times online to best maximize your study time.  Six of our libraries are currently open until 2am, Sunday – Thursday. Study space is drop-in only from 9pm.

Help us to provide a safe study environment by following the Safety on Campus guidance, including regular testing, staying away from campus if you are feeling unwell and wearing face coverings in busy or crowded spaces.

View across Sutton Bonington

Study spaces outside libraries 

If our libraries are busy, there are a number of alternative spaces available, including The Barn’s Dining Hall on Sutton Bonington and Monica Partridge Building on University Park. Find more information on Study Here.

Computer rooms are available across all campuses, with many open 24/7.

Your School or Department may also provide some study space in their buildings.

Prefer to study at home?

The Student Academic Skills team host weekly virtual study sessions. They use the Pomodoro technique to help you break down your work into manageable intervals. Just bring along some reading or writing to work on.

Close up of a person reading a book

Studying and wellbeing 

Whilst many of our libraries stay open late, it is important to look after your health and wellbeing by setting achievable goals, taking regular breaks and getting plenty of sleep. It is important that you do not sleep in the library.

The Student Academic Skills team offer resources and webinars on time management, revising, time management and more.

Visit the Personal Safety and Student Safety webpages for guidance on planning your journey home, contacting security and the University’s health and wellbeing services.

If you have any questions about using our libraries, contact the Library Helpline via phone, email or Live Chat.

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