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Finding a study space at peak busy times in the library

Author: Michelle Breen
When: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 11:45

There are currently 950 study desks available in the library, plus 49 additional spaces across the group study rooms, this information is intended to help you to find a seat at the busiest times in the library, and what you can do if the library is very busy and there are no seats available.  Please note: The library is busiest from 11:00 to 16:00 on weekdays. 

Here are some tips for you, to help you find a seat when you need it in the library

  • Where unavoidable, and you need to come in during peak times, please try the 3rd floor of the new library to find an unoccupied seat, often floors 1 & 2 fill up first.

  • Try morning study slots. The library is open from 7am on weekdays, there is lower demand on the available seats between 07:00 and 10:00 - do not hold a seat.

  • Try studying in the evenings. If you can, schedule your visit for late afternoon from 16:00 onwards. The library is open until midnight on weekdays. 

  • Weekends are quieter than weekdays, if you can get some work done on weekends please consider that option. 

There is no need to pre-book your visit but you must bring your UL ID card with you to gain access

Help other students, and help yourself, to get a library seat

  • Observing simple etiquette around seat booking will ensure more seats will be available for you and others to book and use. 

  • Please do not leave your belongings in the library for extended periods, effectively taking up a study space that someone else could use for an hour or two when you don’t actually need it. The Library’s rules on this practice are very clear, desks left unoccupied for 45 minutes may be cleared for use by another student. 

  • Do not move chairs, they’ve been set out in a particular way to observe social distancing guidelines. Please leave them where you find them. 

  • Library occupancy rates may be revised at short notice, but for now, please try to help each other by looking at your own library usage, not moving library chairs from open areas to study rooms, and planning to come in during quieter periods where possible. 


Other study spaces on campus: 

Classrooms that are not in use, check the class timetable for any room.  Buildings & Estates also have the spaces listed below available to you for use:



1m Distancing Capacity




Computer Science



Foundation Atrium



Health Sciences




Chill Out Area


Medical School

Café and Common


Medical School






Red Raisins







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