From Monday 8th January we have a new room bookings system in place for Curzon Library, which includes the individual/group study rooms within the library, as well as the new study rooms within the Open Learning Zone in Curzon B (available as soon as the area is fully open).
The new form is easy to use – just select up to two hours and confirm your booking within 1 hour by clicking the link sent to your university email.
The new link is available here – please update your old bookmarks!
General rules for study rooms
Please don’t exceed the maximum number of people stated on the door to each room! Sometimes we find 4 or 5 people squished into a 2-person room – asides from being really uncomfortable for you, it’s a health and safety issue. Group rooms are available, plus there’s loads of space in Curzon B for group study.
Remember that most of our study rooms are within the yellow quiet zones. They aren’t soundproof, so if you’re chatting loudly or playing music, you’re potentially disturbing those around you who are trying to study.
No food or drinks allowed! It’s a small space, often with computer equipment present. Spillages, litter and smelly food make it unpleasant for those using the room after you, so we ask that you eat/drink in the designated cafe areas within the building. Plus, it’s good to have a break from studying.
Please don’t leave belongings in the rooms when you’re not in there – we wouldn’t want them to go missing, and it’s not fair to other students who are prevented from using the space because of it. If we find unattended bags/laptops/coats in rooms then we will ask security officers to remove them.
As you might know, the Birmingham Conservatoire is moving to its new building in Summer 2017, and the current Conservatoire Library will be closing its doors and moving into the Curzon Library.
This means a number of changes – we will be remodelling certain areas within Curzon Library over the next few months to create some dedicated music resource rooms, and there will be a certain amount of disruption at both sites as we prepare. There will also be a change to loan counts and loan periods, as music stock will be much easier to self-issue with the Curzon Library system. This is particularly good news for those who borrow large sets of chamber music! Music will no longer be issued for an entire term, as all ‘normal loan’ items will be 4 weeks regardless of item type.
The key information is outlined below.
If you have any questions, please visit us at the Help Desk, or drop us a line using our Library Help site.
A hot topic at the moment (particularly at the City Centre Campus) is the issue of study space.
Where can I find study space at the City Centre Campus?
We know Curzon Library is usually very busy during the daytime – we’re open 24/7 so you can stagger your study times where possible, or explore some of the other study spaces on campus. Did you know you can study in the social areas around our buildings, as well as classrooms that aren’t being used? Millennium Point and Parkside building are open until midnight during term-time.
Can I study at another campus?
Yes! You are welcome to use any of our campuses. There are 6 libraries and a number of social areas in other buildings. Just remember to take your University ID card and double-check the opening hours.