Study Space

The Library has a variety of study facilities including Group Study Rooms (which are bookable by students); Individual study desks; open study areas; study desks with PCs

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Study areas are indicated in yellow on the Library floorplan


The Library is zoned to create different types of study environment for students. Please respect the rights of others to study in the zone of their choice by sticking to the rules for each zone:

Level 4: Silent Study

  • individual silent study only in open areas
  • talking is not allowed
  • phones switched to silent (use stairwells for calls)
  • cold food only (no smelly or noisy food)
  • covered drinks only
  • please clear rubbish to the bins

Level 3: Quiet Study

  • minimal conversations allowed but keep it brief
  • phones switched to silent (use stairwells for calls)
  • cold food only (no smelly or noisy food)
  • covered drinks only
  • please clear rubbish to bins

Level 2: Enquiry

  • phones switched to silent (use stairwells for calls)
  • cold food only (no smelly or noisy food)
  • covered drinks only
  • please clear rubbish to bins




Group Study Rooms

The library has 10 group study rooms for students to work in groups collaboratively. All of them have full AV facilities so you can practice presentations, work on group projects, etc. All are furnished and set up for group discussions. All our group study rooms can be booked online or at the panel outside each room. See the Library floorplan for the locations of the Study Rooms.


Making a booking

Bookings are made via your Student Email.  Please see the video and instructions below.



Make sure your student email account is set to the local time setting or else your bookings may go into the calendar at the wrong time.  In student email, go to Options > Settings > Click Calendar > Click General> Click Region and time Zone  Current time Zone should be set to  (UTC) - Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London

Locations and facilities

 All Group Study Rooms have glassboards for group work and standard AV facilities.  Pens and erasers for the glass boards can be borrowed from the Lending desk on Level 2 of the Library.


Level 3

Group study 1

Level 3

Group study 2

Level 4

Group study 3


Level 4

Group study 4


Level 4

Group study 5


Level 4

Group study 6


Level 4

Group study 7 GRAY

Level 4

Group study 8


Level 4

Group study 9


Level 4

Group study 10

Capacity 8 6 6 8 8 6 6 8 6 6
Facilities AV










The Training Rooms on level 4, the Enterprise Zone Rooms on level 3 and the Library Seminar Room on level 2 cannot be booked by students. Students are however welcome to use the rooms in between bookings.

All of the AV equipped Group study rooms are set up in exactly the same way.

Basic AV kit

  • PC: press 'system on' > 'PC' on panel. When you are finished using the PC logoff rather than shut down.
  • Connecting other devices > there is a white panel which you can connect different sources.  You can connect using a VGA cable, audio cable, Hdmi and there are 2 USB ports.
  • Connect a laptop > press 'system on' > 'laptop '. A VGA cable or HDMI cable  is needed to connect the laptop to the system. You can borrow VGA cables from the Lending desk. Plug the cable into the white panel on the front of the cabinet. If nothing appears on the TV, press Fn/F5 on the laptop keyboard to toggle between the settings.

Guidelines for use of the Group Study Rooms

Group study rooms are in very heavy demand, so to ensure as many students as possible can benefit from the facility, please follow these guidelines.

  • Group study rooms are for group study for academic purposes only. A group consists of 3 or more people, If you are working in groups of less than 3 please use the facilities on the second floor of the library or Social Study area
  • You may not book the room for any other user
  • Rooms may be booked for a maximum of 4 hours per day. 1 session per group, per day. Maximum 4 bookings per group per week. IS reserves the right to adjust/remove bookings
  • Recurrent bookings, multiple or consecutive room bookings are not permitted and will be deleted by staff
  • There will be a 15 min grace period. If you and your group fail to turn up within 15 minutes from start time of booking, your booking will lapse and room will be available to other groups.
  • Rooms cannot be "reserved" by leaving personal belongings in them. Unoccupied rooms may be given over to another group.
  • All waste material must be removed from the room on departure. If there is litter in the room on entry, please report this to the Information Centre immediately and we will endeavour to take action against the offenders
  • Normal library regulations apply; please keep noise to a minimum and do not consume hot food or drinks in uncovered containers



24/7 Library Study Zone

24/7 Library Study ZoneThe 24/7 Study Zone is the area adjacent to the Library to the right of the Library entrance. It has approximately 193 study spaces in a variety of different furniture styles. The same zoning rules as Level 2 (above) apply to this area. The Study Zone is open 24/7 so provides around the clock study space in a central location on campus.

The furniture layouts are suitable for individual and also group study to complement the existing group study rooms in the Library building.

There are also two colour printer/copiers in the area which can do standard black printing as well as colour jobs and scanning.

Study in the style of your choosing..

The Study Zone contains:

  • Study Positions: 128
  • IT Study Positions: 65

broken down into:

  • Study table positions: 73
  • Lounge seating: 44
  • Coffee bar: 8
  • Individual computer positions: 47
  • Collaborative IT: 18



Study Space elsewhere

Willow Court Boardroom

This room seats 12 and has a 42" screen to which laptops can be connected.  Connection cables are not supplied however.  The Room is owned by Accommodation Services and is used for meetings.  However students are welcome to book the room around staff meetings.  

You can book Willow Court Boardroom in the same way you book Library Group Study Rooms - via your student email.  Please see the video above for instructions on making a booking.

Cottrell and Pathfoot teaching rooms

If there is no group study space available in the University library, from the 1st February 2018 you will be able to book available rooms online for your study related activities in Cottrell and Pathfoot teaching rooms.  This has been introduced by Academic Registry in partnership with the Students’ Union. From the 1st February 2018 you will be able to view up to the minute Cottrell and Pathfoot room availability via any smart device, 24/7 by either entering the following web address into your browser: or clicking Resource Booker.  You will need your Portal username and password.


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