Here’s some info to help all you students, working hard on assignments/projects/dissertations/revision, find study space facilities across campus.
600-800 Library@URS study spaces
There are around 600 study spaces in the URS building term-time weekdays, which increases to around 800 at weekends and during vacation periods when the Large Lecture Theatre is not in use (there is a limit on the total occupancy of the building for fire safety). The closed rooms will therefore be reopened permanently during Library@URS opening hours from 6pm on Friday 23 March until the start of next academic year (except during the University’s Easter closure period).
900 more spaces across campus
As well as the URS Building, there are more than 900 other study spaces across the Whiteknights and London Road campuses. To help make it as straightforward as possible for you to find study space during this period, we’ve summarised the resources available as follows:
- Study Space Map
The University has had great feedback from students who have used this Study Space map to find alternative study space, in addition to that offered in the URS Building;
- Free Room Finder
The Free Room Finder online tool displays rooms available for immediate use and you can search based on campus area, time needed, and/or capacity required;
- PDF study space list
Updated every term, this list highlights spaces across our campuses that can be used for study (subject to scheduled teaching or departmental use);
- Live list of available PCs
This PC availability webpage shows where there are PCs available on campus in real time;
- RUSU’s The Study and The Study@TOB2
Study spaces available for all campus card holders;
- Extended Chancellor’s building opening hours
This building is available to use as study space from 6-9pm Monday to Friday during term time and also at weekends (between 10am and 6pm) at the discretion of the Library supervisor if study space in the URS Building becomes full. If you are having difficulty finding a study space in the URS building at the weekend please talk to Library staff at the Library@URS Ground Floor Information Desk;
- Additional study space at Eat at the Square
Eat at the Square will be open after lunch from 3-6pm Monday to Friday during term time, providing additional study space as well as refreshments from The Grumpy Mule;
- Central Room Booking service
Students can book rooms on campus in advance, for example, for group study;
- Anti-desk-hogging service in the Library@URS building
Help Library staff make the most of Library@URS space: If you see unattended spaces ‘booked’ with belongings, speak to staff at the Reception or the Information Desk on the Ground Floor;
- NOISYCHAT service in Library@URS building
Please text Library staff quietly if you experience noise in a silent study area and they will investigate as soon as they can.
Study space in Halls
The University has been working to create more than 100 new study spaces across our Halls of Residence, which includes refurbishing spaces so that they are more suitable for productive study. The spaces will be located in Wessex Library, St George’s Computer Room, Wantage Computer Room, Stenton JCR, Childs JCR and Mackinder JCR. It originally hoped these spaces would be ready by the end of February – unfortunately, although the refurbishment work is complete, we have experienced some unforeseen delays with our furniture supplier, which now means that the spaces will be ready in late March. The supplier is working hard to deliver the furniture within the next couple of weeks, and we will of course let you know when the spaces are ready to use.
In the meantime, there are other spaces in Halls that can be used for study, including the Bridges JCR, Benyon JCR and Sherfield Bar. Please call the Halls Hotline if you’re not sure where these spaces are or want to check opening times.
More on Library Refurb
Keep up to date with the latest study space and Library refurbishment news on our Library refurbishment webpage.
University Communications/Library Marketing Co-ordinator, Rachel Redrup