There are currently several hundred socially-distanced single study spaces available to book across the Library and other University buildings, the majority of which can be reserved through the study space bookings calendar.
You can visit the libraries to borrow and return items or use the printers without a booking. To study in the Library you need to reserve a study space.
In January we introduced a new study space bookings system. When you book a space you'll receive an email with a three-character code (eg M34) which allows you to 'Check In' to your seat to say you've arrived; you then use the same code to 'Check Out' again when you leave.
This means there will be more study spaces available each day because, unlike the old system, if someone leaves their half-day booking after only an hour, it then becomes available for others to book. When you book a study space your confirmation email will contain both your code and the links to the Check In and Check Out pages.
Our spaces are getting busier as the year goes on so it's more important than ever that you sit in the seat you've booked and leave at the allotted time. Don't forget to cancel your booking using the link in the confirmation email if it turns out you don't need it after all.
All study spaces are socially-distanced by 2m or more, and whether you’re studying or just browsing the shelves, please wear your face covering when visiting our buildings (unless you’re exempt).
Booking a study space
The Morrell, Fairhurst and Burton
Use our study space bookings calendar to book a space in the main library on Campus West. This area has our largest number of bookable seats, with all three libraries offering single-study spaces in full-day, half-day and two to three hour versions, seven days a week. All our study spaces are very popular and you can book up to three days in advance.
Both the Morrell and the Fairhurst offer single study rooms and accessible study spaces, as well as single study spaces in shared areas.
Use the Filter on the Room Bookings page to select the kind of booking you’d like. For example you can choose an Accessible space, or a Video call room suitable for making Zoom calls or taking part in online seminars. You can choose various time-slots such as Morning, Evening, Short Stay or Long Stay. You can choose spaces with a Mac or a PC.
The Piazza Building
There are several single-study spaces which you can book in the Library@Piazza on Campus East. These are available seven days a week. There are now 27 bookable seats elsewhere in the Piazza Building too.
Other University study spaces
You can book individual spaces in spare meeting rooms, when available, via the Facilities Helpdesk.
Taking a break
There places around the University to take a break and get food and drink, and you can see a list of opening times on the Eat At York web pages.
If you're planning to study in the Library, please be aware it may be a little chillier than usual. Due to infection control, we're not able to offer blankets to loan and need to keep the buildings well ventilated, so if you do feel the cold, please wrap up warm.
Here are some final things you may wish to know:
We’ve had a lot of feedback from students that our two-hour Study With Me video, capturing the sounds of the Morrell top floor, has helped them concentrate when they can’t visit the Library. If you miss the Library, or just need some background noise to help you study, try putting this on and see if it works for you.
If you’d like images of the Library through the ages to use as Zoom backgrounds, or to leave us feedback on our virtual feedback wall, head to our Library Home From Home page.