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Individual study rooms

Who can use them?individual study rooms

Final year students (degree level), postgraduates and staff can use them any time for individual silent study. Bookings can be made up to two weeks in advance (last booking is at 6pm).

First and second year students can use them after 6.45pm (term-time) and at weekends when available.

Please note: There must be only one person per room. These rooms are not suitable for practising presentations in as they are silent study only

Key collection

Study room keys must be collected from the Mountbatten information point within 30 minutes of their booked time.

Failure to collect a key in this time will result in the cancellation of your booking and the room automatically being made re-available for booking.

Check availability

  • Check availability of rooms.
  • Sign in to book an individual study room
  • Choose a room.
  • Click on 'booking'.
  • Check availability.
  • Enter date and time in both 'to' and 'from' boxes.
  • Click 'go'.
  • Check confirmation and click 'go' again to confirm booking.

Study rooms may be booked up to two weeks in advance - by final year students, postgraduates and staff only.

Bookings are not available for weekends - room keys are issued as available.

If you are eligible to book, but are having problems doing so, please contact the library so that we can check your record details.

What periods can be booked?

Monday - Friday from 8.30am - 6.45pm (last booking time is 6pm).

The minimum booking session is 30 minutes - maximum is from 8.30am - 6.45pm. Each session of use needs a separate booking.

Any keys issued or booked until 6.45pm can usually be kept until the library closes for the day. Please check the return time with a member of staff when you collect your key.

Evening access

Study room keys cannot be issued after 7pm on weekdays or after 5pm at weekends due to no library staff being present in the building. Any study rooms not in use at these times are opened up for general access (without keys).

If you are not sure if a study room is free please ask an Ambassador for assistance.

If you wish to return your key in the evening (before 11.45pm) please hand it to an Ambassador at the helpdesk in the foyer.

24/5 opening

After 11.45pm the library will operate on a self service basis only (supported by security staff).  If you wish to return your study room key overnight (between 11.45pm and 8.30am) please drop the key into the suggestions box in the foyer of the library. This is located opposite the reservation collection shelves.

Any keys issued for overnight use must be returned by 8.30am the following morning.

Please note: If you have booked the same study room for use during the following day, you must return your key by 8.30am and have it re-issued to you. Failure to do so will result in the room automatically being made re-available for booking.

To cancel a booking

  • Go to your account in the library catalogue
  • Sign-in (top right corner)
  • Select appropriate booking and click on 'cancel'.
  • Click on blue text to see time and room information.

Please note: cancel option is visible on future bookings only.

What are the general rules?

  • Please vacate the room ten minutes before the library closes and remove all items. No library books can be stored in them.
  • Only one person is allowed in the room - they are for individual use only. If students want to work together, they must use one of the group study rooms or group study areas. Talking is not permitted in the individual study rooms as we want to provide a peaceful study environment for all users.
  • No hot, greasy or smelly food.
  • Mobile phone calls must not be made or received in the study rooms. Texting is permitted but phones should be set to silent.
  • For health and safety reasons, doors and windows should not be blocked or covered.
  • Keys should not be left in the lock on the outside of the door for safety reasons and the door should not be locked from the inside for safety reasons.
  • The door should be locked if the student temporarily vacates the room. The door should only be left unlocked if the user is returning the key after 6.45pm.
  • Keys should be handed in at the loans desk when the student is no longer using the room for that day.
  • Library staff reserve the right to clear possessions from study rooms when not vacated in time for the next booking.

Final points

The availability of a room does not guarantee that the computer in that room is working

IT problems concerning the computers in the study rooms should be referred to the IT support officer at the floor two helpdesk during the day or to the staff member covering photocopy/IT queries during evenings and weekends, based at the copy desk

Students cannot use a study room if they are blocked because they have a book at 'very overdue' or 'lost' status or they have a reserved book overdue by seven days or more. Borrowing is blocked until the situation is resolved.

Students who are blocked through penalty points may still have a room key issued.

Page last updated on Wednesday 22 March 2017 at 10.15am.

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