How to… find a study space

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Did you know that the library offers a variety of different study spaces?

Come along to one of our drop in sessions at Seacole Library and

 

  • Find a study space that suits you
  • Learn more about the learning area in the new building at City South Campus
  • Use PC finder
  • Identify study zones within the library

The drop in sessions are running on the following dates and times at Seacole Library:

Monday 5  February 10:00 to 11:00
Tuesday 6  February 11:00 to 12:00
Wednesday 7  February 12:00 to 13:00
Thursday 8  February 13:00 to 14:00
Friday 9  February 12:00 to 13:00

Find us at the comfy seating area in the Library by the Self-Service Machines

 

^ Posted on behalf of Huizhe Jin, Customer Services, Seacole Library

New library room bookings system

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.

Room bookings

The new link is available here – please update your old bookmarks!

General rules for study rooms

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

^Laura

Study space

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.

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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.

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What if I want to use a computer?

We know the computers in our Libraries get busy, but there are loads of other computers available!  You can also borrow a laptop for up to 6 hours.

City Centre

  • Open access rooms: Curzon Library; Parkside Level 2 Bridge; Millennium Point 253.
  • Teaching rooms (free when not booked for teaching): Millennium Point 135, 150, 158, 211, 242, 252, 325; Parkside 105, 120, 129, 133; Curzon 255, 261, 262, 265, 269, 312.

City South

  • Mary Seacole Library; Seacole IT Suite 361.

City North

  • Kenrick Library; Attwood 006, 201, 211.

You can also bring your own laptop/tablet to study with, and even print from them.

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What can you do to help?

Everybody at university deserves a peaceful study environment:

  • Respect the noise zones indicated in each library – silent, quiet and group study areas are available.
  • Keep seats free from bags and coats to ensure everybody can sit down.
  • Don’t bring hot food into the library! We don’t mind cold food and drinks in sealed containers, but please use the bins/recycling facilities provided.
  • Please leave the furniture where it is – it helps keep the study environment tidy, but also helps you stay safe and not get any injuries from moving heavy chairs/tables.

Click here to find out more about study space and discover how to book a library study room.

^Laura

Library feedback tree

“Without the library, what is a university?”

One of our favourite things is to listen to our customer’s feedback, good and bad! Positive feedback allows us to celebrate what we do well, and negative feedback tells us where we can improve.

We recently got our gardening gloves out and created some feedback trees in Curzon, Mary Seacole, Conservatoire and Kenrick Libraries.  We left some paper leaves out and asked you to fill the trees with your comments.

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We received lots of feedback about study space, computers and study rooms at Curzon, as well as lots of nice comments about our staff and resources overall.  We’re going to address the space issue very soon by promoting the underused study space outside of our libraries, and we will pass on your feedback about how much you appreciate our hard-working staff.

Some of my personal favourites were these thinkers:

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Many thanks to everybody who took the time to write their comments.  We’re hoping to compile these soon for you all to read, so keep an eye out!

^Laura