Study spaces

Study spaces

There are over 1,200 study spaces across the JB Morrell and Raymond Burton Libraries and the Harry Fairhurst building.

These spaces provide you with flexible options for studying, with areas for single and group study. There are also dedicated accessible study rooms and postgraduate study spaces.

All the Library buildings have wifi access throughout and easy access to power sockets for use with your mobile devices.

Temperature in the University Library and the King's Manor Library is managed by Estates, but we know it can be variable with cold spots in some areas. If you're feeling chilly, we'll lend you a blanket - they're near the Help Desks in both libraries.

Book a study room

Book single or group rooms for up to 3 hours a day and up to 6 hours a week:

Disabled users can book accessible rooms for up to 6 hours a day & 24 hours a week:

Seating availability updates

We check how busy the Library is to help you find a seat:

Seating availability

University study spaces

In addition to Library study spaces, there are a variety of other places to study across the University:

University study spaces

Single study facilities

JB Morrell Library

JB Morrell Library floor plans

See the locations of the study spaces:

Open study areas:

  • 187 single study spaces on the first floor
  • 145 single study spaces on the second floor
  • 35 single study spaces on the third floor

Bookable study rooms:

There are 24 single study rooms in the JB Morrell Library which can be booked in advance.

You can book a study for a maximum of three hours in one day and up to six hours per week. Bookings can be made up to one month in advance.

All study rooms are available to use if unoccupied, but you will be asked to vacate the room if it has been booked by another user.

Each study room contains a PC.

Raymond Burton Library

  • 148 single study spaces in the Reading Room on the first floor

Harry Fairhurst Building

There are a total of 500 study spaces in the Harry Fairhurst Building, including the IT facilities.

  • On the first floor there are movable desks to allow for single or group study.
  • On the second floor the furniture includes beanbags, individual seats, large tables and sofas.

You can take books into the Fairhurst building from the Library without checking them out. If you wish to borrow books, use the self-issue machines in the JB Morrell Library before you leave.

King's Manor Library

King's Manor Library has spaces available which provide you with flexible options for studying and include areas for individual and group work.

There are 44 spaces available -  20 on the ground floor and 24 on the first floor.

Behaviour in the Library buildings

We've got dedicated zones where you can study silently, quietly or in a group.

Please respect your fellow students' need to study, and take a look at:

Group study facilities

JB Morrell Library

JB Morrell Library floor plans

See the locations of the study spaces:

Bookable group study rooms with IT facilities:

  • 3 small study rooms (up to 8 people)
  • 2 large study rooms (up to 9 people)

These rooms can be booked in advance.

You can book a study for a maximum of three hours in one day and up to six hours per week. Bookings can be made up to one month in advance.

All study rooms are available to use if unoccupied, but you will be asked to vacate the study if it has been booked by another user.

Non-bookable group study room:

  • A collaborative study room is available on the first floor of the JB Morrell Library.
  • It has been designed for multiple group study and quiet conversation. 
  • You can move the furniture around to suit your individual group needs.

Harry Fairhurst Building

There are a total of 500 study spaces in the Harry Fairhurst Building, including the IT facilities.

Open areas:

  • On the first floor there are collaborative areas with large screens connected to a thin client. Up to four laptops can also be connected.
  • On the first floor there are movable desks to allow for single or group study.
  • On the second floor the furniture includes beanbags, individual seats, large tables and sofas.

Group study rooms with IT facilities, for 8 -10 people:

  • 3 group study rooms on the first floor
  • 1 group study room on the second floor

DVD viewing room

  • Located in LFA/027 within the John Barry Audiovisual collection on the ground floor
  • Equipped to allow you to view DVDs and use other items from the Audio visual collection.
  • This room can be booked in advance

All study rooms in the Harry Fairhurst building are open access and can be used without booking (with the exception of the DVD viewing room).

You can take books into the Fairhurst building from the Library without checking them out. If you wish to borrow books, use the self-issue machines in the JB Morrell Library before you leave.

King's Manor Library

King's Manor Library has spaces available which provide you with flexible options for studying and include areas for individual and group work.

There are 44 spaces available -  20 on the ground floor and 24 on the first floor.

Behaviour in the Library

We've got dedicated zones where you can study silently, quietly or in a group.

Please respect your fellow students' need to study, and take a look at:

Accessible study spaces

Book accessible study spaces

Students who are registered with Disability Services can book these spaces for up to 6 hours per day and up to 4 times per week.

JB Morrell Library

Two accessible study rooms are available in the JB Morrell Library.

Book an accessible study space:

Priority will be given to users who have booked an accessible study room. If they are not booked they are open for all users.

Facilities:

  • height adjustable desk
  • 2 height adjustable chairs
  • network socket
  • power sockets

King's Manor Library

One accessible study space is available in the King's Manor Library. It's on the ground floor.

Book the accessible desk:

If you've booked the space and have mobility problems you should go to the King's Manor Porters' Lodge - the Porter will let you in via a door on the ground floor.

If you need any help when you're using this space, please call the King's Manor Library staff on (01904 32) 3969. There's an internal telephone available on the ground floor, near the Wormald Room.

Facilities:

  • wifi
  • power sockets

Accessible IT facilities

In each IT classroom and study area there are PCs on raised desks to allow a wheelchair to fit at the workstation.

Supernova (text magnification and screen reading software) is installed on at least one PC in each area.

For more information about accessible IT facilities, please see the IT Services accessibility pages:

IT facilities

IT classrooms and study areas

Logging on

You need a York IT account to log on to the PCs. If you have any questions, contact the Library & IT Help Desk.

JB Morrell Library:

  • LMO/105 - 14 PCs
  • LMO/122 - 20 PCs
  • LMO/205 - 14 PCs
  • LMO/222 - 16 PCs

Raymond Burton Library:

  • Reading room - 8 PCs, 8 Macs

Harry Fairhurst Building:

  • LFA/015 - 57 PCs
  • LFA second floor - 36 PCs, 14 Macs

PC availability

Borrow a laptop

You can borrow laptops from the Morrell Lounge in the University Library or from the King's Manor Library Help Desk. The laptops are set up for wifi and printing and provide access to your personal filestore and Microsoft Office.

Using your laptop, tablet or phone 

Wifi

Wifi is available for staff, students and visitors:

There are power sockets throughout all the Library buildings to charge your device.

For instructions on how to connect your device to the University network, and access resources including email, printing and filestore, please see:

Laptops can also be used with the collaborative equipment in the Harry Fairhurst building, allowing you to connect up to four computers to the shared display.

Print, copy and scan

A number of printing, copying and scanning facilites are available in the Library.

Regulations for use of computers

Use of PCs in the Library is subject to:

Postgraduate facilities

Harry Fairhurst Building

The Research Study is a specialist study area for postgraduates on the second floor.

The Research Lounge is located next to the Research Study, and provides an informal space for postgraduates to study or relax.

  • To access the study area you will need to have your University Card updated. The staff on the Help Desk in the JB Morrell Library can do this for you.
  • Whenever you wish to visit the area you will need to swipe your card at the validation point on the ground floor.
  • Wifi is available, and the study desks have power points for laptops and other devices.
  • There's a silent study space available in LFA/227, which opens off the Research Study.
  • Lockers are available for weekly use. Please visit the Help Desk to pick up a locker key.  

Raymond Burton Library

The Study Room for Researchers is a dedicated space for Postgraduate Researchers (including those studying for a MRes) on the ground floor of the Burton.

  • To access the study area you will need to have your University Card updated. The staff at the Library & IT Help Desk in the JB Morrell Library can do this for you.
  • Whenever you wish to visit the area you will need to swipe your card at the validation point on the ground floor.
  • Wifi is available, and there are power points for laptops and other devices.