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Study spaces

Socially distanced study spaces in the library

There are currently several hundred socially-distanced single study spaces available across the Library buildings: the exact number changes as we respond to what you’re telling us about the types and lengths of bookings you need.

You can visit the Libraries to borrow and return items, or use the printers, without a booking. To study in the Library you do need to reserve a study space, and all the information on how to do this is below.

In January 2021, we introduced our new Study Space bookings system. Now 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 on 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: it's more important than ever that you sit in the seat you've booked, and leave at the alloted time - thank you for your help with this!

All our 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 from wearing one).

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.

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. 

All our study spaces are very popular and you can book up to three days in advance. If you find you don’t need your booking, please cancel (using the link in your email) so someone else can have it. 

King’s Manor

King’s Manor Library offers single study spaces and an accessible study space. Alternative single seats can also be booked elsewhere in King’s Manor.

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. 

Other University study spaces

There are also a selection of bookable single study spaces in other places around the University. 

Space in the Spring Lane Building can be booked for weekdays. 

Space in Heslington Hall can be booked, also weekdays only. You’ll need to go to Derwent Reception at the start and end of your booked session to collect and return an access card for Heslington Hall, in exchange for your University card.

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.
  • The Library is fully cleaned every day before opening. Cleaning materials are also provided for you to clean your study space before and after use.
  • We cannot offer group study (even to people who live together): sorry about this, but it is single-study only for now.
  • Currently, our study spaces are only available to University of York students and staff.

For more information on studying in the library, please read our FAQs

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.