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Library study spaces

Socially distanced study spaces in the library

There are currently over 1,000 single-and-group study spaces across the Library and other University buildings. In line with the updated Government guidance, we strongly advise you wear your face covering when visiting us - we really appreciate it.

A blended approach to study space bookings

The Morrell, Fairhurst and Burton

Since December we've changed the system so you no longer need to book all library study spaces: we have a blended approach of bookable and non-bookable spaces. This is in direct response to your feedback and we really hope it makes things better for everyone. You can use our study space bookings calendar to book study spaces in the bookable areas, for various lengths of time, seven days a week. All our bookable study spaces are very popular and you can book up to three days in advance; it gets busy during term time so booking well in advance is a good idea if you can do it.

In short: 

  • All study spaces and rooms on the Morrell 2nd Floor are bookable
  • All study spaces on the Burton 1st Floor are bookable
  • All study spaces and rooms on the Fairhurst 1st Floor are bookable
  • Otherwise, all study spaces have reverted to the pre-pandemic model of not requiring bookings

We've created a video to explain how the new system works and why we've introduced it.

Use the Filter on the Room Bookings page to select the kind of booking you’d like. For Location choose 'University Library' then choose your preferred building from the Zone drop-down menu. Using Category you can choose Single Study, Group Study (please only use this when studying with other people!), an Accessible space, or you can choose spaces with a Mac or a PC.  There are also a small number of single study rooms suitable for making Zoom calls or taking part in online seminars; please note these are really popular so book early. 

We appreciate some people will feel more comfortable in socially distanced study spaces. Both the Morrell and the Burton allow you to choose Socially Distanced Study Space from the Capacity drop down menu.  

Other locations

King’s Manor

King’s Manor Library offers non-bookable single study spaces.

The Piazza Building

There are several single-study spaces in the Library@Piazza on Campus East. These are available seven days a week and don't require booking in advance. 

Study spaces across campus

University study spaces


The postgraduate study room is in LMO/111 in JB Morrell Library. 

Other useful information

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:

  • There are currently no limits to the number of spaces you can book per week
  • Cleaning materials are also provided for you to clean your study space before and after use
  • Keeping the windows open helps keep us open... 

If you can’t currently study in the Library but miss the atmosphere…

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.