Library study space now located in URS Building

blue sofas and tables and chairs

One of the new group study rooms relocated to the URS Building.

Much of the study furniture from the Library has relocated to the URS Building. It now provides students with a contemporary and versatile space to work and study – including around 800 spaces (145 computers), work areas for collaborative, quiet and silent study, and several key facilities from the Library Building.

Including URS, students can now access over 1,700 study spaces across our Whiteknights and London Road campuses.

URS Building key features

  • Library Information Desk: For general and registration enquiries, located on the Ground Floor.
  • Study space: A variety of study areas – group, quiet and silent – are available on the Ground and 2nd Floors.
  • Study Advice and Maths Support: Get help with study skills and maths on the Ground Floor.
  • Course Collection: Find key texts for your modules in the Course Collection on the Ground Floor.  Holds are also available to collect here.
  • IT Service Desk and facilities: PCs and printing facilities are available on the Ground Floor.  If you need help, just ask at the IT Service Desk there.
  • Café Libro: The Library’s popular café is located on the 2nd Floor of the URS Building.
  • Opening Hours: The URS Building will adopt the 24 hour opening during term (except closing 21:00 Saturday to 08:30 Sunday) as is currently the case in the Library.

Take a look at the map and floor directory to see what’s been moved where.

Preparation of space

Furniture being moved form outside the Library, passing hoardings

Vitra staff moved and reassembled our modern study furniture in URS

The relocation was carried out over the Easter vacation – during this time, several new improvements were made to the URS Building in order to make its study environment as welcoming as possible:

  • Rooms have been configured to meet a wide range of study needs – you’ll find individual study booths, group areas, quiet study spaces and more.
  • We have improved several of the building’s existing features in order to make it a better place to study – new lights have been fitted to make studying easier, and south-facing windows on the Second Floor have been tinted to deflect heat.
  • We have balanced creating a maximum number of spaces with ensuring that students can study in comfort and safety. Health & Safety guidelines recommend that URS holds a maximum capacity of 800 students.
  • Our job as a University is to provide students with comfortable spaces to study, and we believe that URS will prove to be a popular home to Library study space until summer 2018, when facilities will move back into the Library Building.

Why has the space moved?

Relocating study space and facilities from one to building to another posed several benefits.

Moving study space from the Library into URS will provide a quieter environment for study while still being close enough to borrow and use materials. It also means we can carry out more work inside the Library than previously planned, and so will complete the refurbishment around six months earlier.

With URS in such close proximity to the Library, you won’t have far to take the materials you’ve just borrowed from the original Library building for studying.

Library Building key features

The Library remains open for use – inside you will still find:

  • Printed materials: All printed material (other than Course Collection) will remain inside the Library for borrowing or reference.
  • Library staff: Although Library staff are now based in URS, they will still offer a Help Point by the Library entrance and Information Desks on the 2nd and 4th Floors.
  • Opening Hours: The Library Building will open 09:00-22:00 seven days per week during term time. URS will be open 24/6+ during term time (closed Saturday nights).

Construction work will continue in the Library Building whilst we strive to complete the project as soon as possible, so you may experience considerable noise whilst using this building.

Alternative study space across campus

Including URS, there are approximately 1,700 spaces to study on campus (subject to teaching timetabling and departmental use).

Keep in touch

While we have taken great care to ensure that URS meets your needs, we appreciate that there may be more to improve over the coming weeks. Please pass on any feedback or comments to

Further information

A dedicated URS Building page has been created to help clarify exactly what has moved from the Library. It will be kept updated by our Library team, who will also share regular news and updates via the Library blog. The Library opening hours page lists opening times for both the Library and URS buildings.

Further details of the Library’s major £40 million refurbishment can be found on our Library Refurbishment Project webpage:

Rachel Redrup, Library Marketing Co-ordinator
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Summer Library refurbishment and study arrangements

Artists impression og refurbished libraryHere’s how the University plans to support you during Library refurbishment works, which – dependent upon the formal appointment of a contractor – should take place over summer 2016.

At times there will be noise and access to some areas will be restricted in the Library between early July and the start of the autumn term 2016, as several large-scale construction tasks are planned. Works include removing stairs, punching holes in the basement for new lifts, refurbishing offices, constructing a small café extension and undertaking roof work.

Whilst the majority of undergraduate students will be away from Reading at this time, we are very aware of the possible impact of this on staff, taught postgraduates completing dissertations, PhD and other researchers, and any undergraduates working on dissertations.

Library business as usual

Be assured that the Library will maintain its usual summer vacation opening hours and all printed books/journals on Floors 2-4 will remain accessible. Library staff will still be on hand to help, including your Liaison Librarians, as will the Study Advice and Maths Support teams.

Alternative University study space

The University and the Library will continue to provide as much information as possible on proposed works and alternative arrangements during this time. We are currently exploring providing alternative study spaces, including some with PCs, and will update you as soon as any plan is complete.

In the meantime, check out University PC areas beyond the Library. Extra study space is also available at RUSU’s The Study, and unreserved teaching spaces can be booked via Room Bookings (

Further information

The Library Refurbishment 2016-2019 webpage gives further information, including a proposed work schedule, frequently asked questions and links to the latest refurbishment news on the University Library News blog (where day-to-day advice will be given to Library users).

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Further Library refurbishment 2016-2019 approved

Architect's impression of Library building and landscaping

Architect’s impression showing the refurbished Library west front with enlarged café, new cladding and landscaping

A £40 million redevelopment and refurbishment of The University Library starting this June, has been approved by the University Council. This second phase of the complete modernisation and revamp of the Library will increase space for individual and group study, and will make better use of the space currently available on the Ground and 1st Floors. Work is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2019.

Significant improvements

Specific key areas of improvement will include 200 more study places and increased toilet capacity with toilets available on all floors, including disabled and gender neutral provision. Café space will be expanded, including opening glazed doors onto external al fresco areas. New lifts will be installed, and an improved system for borrowing and returning books will be put into place.

The redevelopment will provide better access and security as well as improving its energy efficiency, through improved insulation and ventilation. The exterior of the building will be totally re-clad and will have replacement windows fitted throughout, providing a striking focal point at the heart of the Whiteknights campus.

University investment rates Library highly

The University Council approved the £25 million building costs, with an additional £15 million costs of keeping the Library fully operational, contingency funding, VAT and project management. This comes after the first £4.4m phase revamped the study spaces and furniture on the 2nd to 5th Floors in 2013 and 2014. Planning permission was granted by Reading Borough Council last December.

Our Vice-Chancellor’s view

“The Library has always played a central role in our life and work, with its location at the very heart of the University’s Whiteknights campus,” says Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell. “We have invested £4.4m in the top four floors of the Library as a first phase of redevelopment and this major new investment of £40m will complete the project. We will combine traditional and crucial functions such as book and journal collections with group study facilities, great digital access and multi-purpose spaces. Our Library has never been a static, sepulchral space. It has continued to evolve over its 50 year history and as these excellent new facilities become available to students and staff.”

Keep calm, we’ll carry on!

The Library will remain fully operational to students across the entirety of the redevelopment. No building work will take place at all during exams. To minimise disruption for Library users, books held on floors being refurbished will be relocated elsewhere in the Library. Print journals will move off site, but as the majority of Library users access journal content online via the Library website, this should cause minimal inconvenience.

In addition, the University will provide alternative study space across the centre of the campus during exam and periods of high-demand – with details being confirmed in due course.

Further information

The Library Refurbishment 2016-2019 webpage gives further information, including a proposed work schedule, frequently asked questions and links to the latest refurbishment news on the University Library News blog (where day-to-day advice will be given to Library users).

A wider Campus Projects website is also in development, in which the Library redevelopment will be featured. Many other communication channels will also be used to help provide as much information as possible across the development of the project.

Rachel Redrup, Library Marketing Co-ordinator

Drinks and phone policy changes

Lidded cardboard coffee cupIt’s not just the Library building that gets a makeover, our policies get them too! From 1 August 2015, hot and cold non-alcoholic drinks are welcome within the Library so long as they’re in lidded containers.

Furthermore, to minimise distractions, mobile phone calls should  be taken within CaféLibro. More information can be found in our Library Policies & Rules.

Keep a lid on it!

We’ve heard what you would like to improve your study space and we’ve done just that! You wanted drinks in the Library? Done. What better brain boost is there than a nice refreshing beverage? Hot and cold drinks in lidded containers are now allowed within the Library! So as long as it’s covered in a bottle, flask or travel mug, then drink away.

But food can be messy and smelly, and a real distraction to one another’s work. No one wants that, so we ask that food still be consumed within the café. Better to eat in the café during a well earned break, don’t you think?

We’re always seeking new ways to improve your experience here at the Library. Therefore to protect each student’s right to work quietly, mobile phone calls should only be made in CaféLibro; elsewhere mobile phones should be switched off or in silent mode.

Need to discuss your work? No problem. Try the group study areas to discuss your work in, such as the snazzy group study pods on the various floors or the Knowledge Exchange on the Ground Floor.

Joe Veale, Library User Services

See our wonderfully refurbished Library!

Grey desks with purple dividers and lamps beside windows and book shelvesHave you seen the results of this summer’s Library refurbishment project yet? We’ve made some amazing changes to our now colourful Library.

  • 5th Floor (Silent Study): new soft pods for personal study added to the central area, in addition to refurbishment completed last year
  • 4th Floor (Social Sciences): has been repainted in duck-egg blue. New blue individual study pods are built around the printed material, plus a new adjustable table for users with disabilites. Find new group study tables and small four- and six-person glass pods in the front section.
  • 3rd Floor (Arts and humanities): has been refurbished in purple and blue including painting, carpeting, new study pods and desks, with new adjustable tables.
  • 2nd Floor (Sciences): is now fully painted in dusky green. You probably already know the areas created last year for collaborative (group) study toward the front and quiet study around the printed material areas.
  • Staircases: Our main central staircases have been repainted with accent walls matching the floor colours to help you find your way. Our lift lobby stairs have been refloored and lobbies refurbished.
  • Toilets: We are delighted to announce our Ground Floor toilets have reopened as fantastically refurbished, single-sex facilities, more popular than the previous unisex arrangement. Our single-sex 5th Floor toilets were refurbished last year.

What do you think?

At Open Day, one potential student said “This is the coolest library ever!” Two brothers said they had been to five or six universities and felt the library at Reading was by far the best, and really made you feel ready to study. Someone else said, “Your toilets are lovely! I’m always going to use them when I’m on campus.”

Further information

Concrete mixer and wheelbarrow in middle of empty library reading roomFor day-to-day information, select the ‘Refurbishment‘ category on University Library news or follow the Library on Twitter or the Library on Facebook. An overview of the 2014 refurbishment project is on a previous blog post.

We apologise for any inconvenience but thank you for your co-operation.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Library celebrates 50 years at Whiteknights

Black and white image of students studying at large tables in Library reading room

50 years ago students at the University of Reading Library used no laptops, phones or even calculators

It is exactly 50 years since the University of Reading Library at Whiteknights was officially opened. Half a century later, student study methods may be a little different, and their numbers greatly increased, but the Library is still at the heart of the student experience – the reason the University is still investing in adapting the building for current student needs.

Library history at Whiteknights

The Library was the third academic building built in the new Whiteknights campus, acquired in 1946 for expansion from the original London Road site. Initial designs date from 1958. Construction began in 1960 and was completed in 1963, having been delayed by a serious roof fire and ferocious storms that January. Library stock transferred from The Old Library at London Road over the Christmas Vacation in December.

Black and white image of two men in universtiy regalia about to cut ceremonial ribbon

The Library was officially opened on 15 May 1964 by the Chancellor, Lord Bridges

An official opening ceremony took place on 15 May 1964 when the Chancellor, Lord Bridges cut a ceremonial ribbon beside the Library’s architect, Frederick Preston. It was followed by a special degree congregation in the 2nd Floor Reading Room, bestowing honorary degrees on Preston, publishers, librarians and authors including W.H.Auden.

The new Library was designed to serve for a student population of 3,000 but there was already talk of an extension to the east. Whilst Reading only had 1,537 students in 1963, it aimed for 3,700 by 1967-68. In fact there were nearly 5,000 by 1969 and University numbers – and aspirations for expansion – kept rising.

Black and white image of scaffolding around a building, cars in foregroundThe Library extension was agreed in 1981 and opened in 1985. It reconfigured the north side, adding stack space on three subject floors, a 1st Floor current periodicals area (now S@iL) and Ground Floor administrative space. A new entrance was let into the west side, replacing two north and south entrances. The former north entrance was enclosed, becoming the Short-Loan Collection. The old south entrance is now one of CaféLibro’s windows, by the self-service machines.

In January 2000, the largest PC area on campus came into the Library. Computers were now essential for writing, communicating and research since the internet’s 1995 birth, but students still wanted to be in the Library.

In 2006, University archives and special collections relocated to a new state-of-the-art store and reading room service at Redlands Road (University Museums and Special Collections Service, UMASCS). This released 1st and 5th Floor space at Whiteknights for student study space.

In 2007, Ground Floor £1 million refurbishment created new areas for student group work – an increasingly important aspect of study – and a new Course Collection for in-demand course texts and a café.

Smaller steps, as funding was available, brought group study pods and display screens in 2011.

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Today students need collaborative study pods and power sockets at each desk for effective library study

Most recently our 2009-2014 Collections Project review of all stock, and acquiring an Off-site Store, gained valuable study space within the Library. Major refurbishment in summer 2013 and 2014, in all worth £4.4 million, delivers:

  • upgraded individual study areas: Silent Study 5th Floor (2013); Quiet Study 2nd Floor (2013), 4th & 3rd Floors (2014)
  • more collaborative study space: 2nd Floor (2013), 4th Floor (2014)
  • many more sockets to power laptops and mobile devices, now essential for students.

University of Reading Library at nightOpening hours have also changed in the last fifty years. In 1964, where students were largely full-time and locally resident, the new Library was only open on term-time weekdays until 9.45pm and closed at weekends. To satisfy current student needs, where students may be part-time, need to take jobs or simply want the choice of early or late working, 2014 saw the permanent establishment of 24-hour Library opening.

Rachel Redrup, Library Marketing Co-ordinator

More Library refurbishment, summer 2014!

Student studying at desks separated by green divider panelsYou say you love the Library’s refurbished Silent Study 5th Floor and both the quiet and collaborative study ares on the refurbished 2nd Floor and you want more. So you’ll love what’s planned for the Library’s 3rd and 4th Floors this summer … not to mention refurbished single-sex Ground Floor toilets and upgraded staircases! Another £2.4 million of University investment enables work to begin in earnest after exams on Monday 16 June. It is due for completion by the end of September 2014.

How will works affect me, summer 2014?

The Library remains open to provide services to Library users around works. However, please note:

  • We’ve already moved some 4th Floor social sciences material this Easter. Further stock moves will take place on the 3rd and 4th Floors from June. This includes relocating the Teaching Practice Collection and music CDs to the 3rd Floor.
  • Access to the 3rd Floor Arts and Humanities and 4th Floor Social Sciences material may be restricted, section by section. However we will operate a fetch and carry service where material is out-of-bounds.
  • Library staff will continue to help you but based in alternative, temporary accomodation on another floor.
  • Please use alternative PC and Study areas whilst Rooms 111, 110 and 109 are closed to users. Our newly refurbished 5th and 2nd Floors remain open throughout.
  • Both sets of Ground Floor toilets will be closed for refurbishment, reopening eight weeks later as separate Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s conveniences, as requested by Library users. Please use alternative facilities on the Library’s 5th Floor or in the nearby HUMMS Building.
  • Please use the Library’s revolving or right-hand front door. The left-hand door will be out of use whilst we work on our heating system, using an adjacent staff entrance.
  • Noise: Unfortunately, making such a fantastic ‘omelette’ will require cracking eggs loudly! You will experience noise from drilling through floors and walls throughout the project, although we will try to restrict this to early mornings before 10:00.
  • Alternative quiet space: Students and staff may always book rooms in other parts of the University for quiet study. At this time we envisage fewer rooms will already be engaged for teaching or exams. Contact or ring 0118 378 6506.
  • Disabled parking bays behind the Library will be moved from near the Chaplaincy to near the Cedars Hotel entrance whilst the contractors’ compound is in place.

More information

Watch our Library homepage for summer 2014 updates on our University Library News blog or follow the Library on Twitter or Facebook. Even more Library improvements are under development for future years, including the Library’s Ground Floor and external structure.

Rachel Redrup, Library Marketing Co-ordinator

Library 24-hour opening in term begins

University of Reading Library at nightMost productive at night? Prefer to start work early? Revising? Course work due? This is your time!

On Sunday 9 March, the Library begins term-time 24-hour opening for the last two weeks of the spring term. After the Easter vacation, 24-hour opening returns from 22 April for the entire summer term. During the 2014-2015 session, term-time 24-hour opening will be standard. Check our opening hours page for precise times and dates.

Overnight service details

  • Overnight entry is intended primarily for University members. After Easter, you will need your Campus Card to enter 00:00 and 08:00 via a swipe-card system at the right-hand front door.
  • See our website for which service level to expect when. The Library will be self-service early evening to morning, and on May Bank Holidays. All study areas, PCs, printers and photocopiers will be will be available. You can pay small fines, borrow, return and renew at Self-Service Points, including ‘holds’ you collect yourself.
  • Noise: Please note that cleaning, including the use of vacuums, will take place regularly 05:00-08:30 Monday to Friday, plus occasional reactive cleaning. There will also be fire alarm testing every Monday at 08:00. Whilst we apologise for any temporary disturbance to your concentration, this is essential to maintain a pleasant and safe working environment for all.
  • The Library is closed 21:00 Saturday to 08:30 Sunday to allow time for any essential Library maintenance, such as loud drilling. We hope students take this time for recreation, possibly including attending RUSU events. In any case we expect there would be little use of the library at this time making it uneconomic for us to staff.


Including through National Student Surveys, students said they wanted 24-hour Library opening. The University listened and invested. The Library piloted 24-hour opening for exam-time in 2013. Read what students told us last year in ‘Your views on 24-hour Library opening [2013]’.

Rachel Redrup, Marketing Co-ordinator

Library’s refurbished 2nd Floor opens

IMG_2046 smallCome and wonder at the new collaborative and quiet study areas on the 2nd Floor!  This first phase of this year’s major Library refurbishment is now open! The second phase, a refurbished silent study area on the 5th Floor, will open later this term.

Refurbished 2nd Floor open!

IMG_2044 smallThe 2nd Floor reading room (front of building) holds a fantastic, new, collaborative study area, filled with a variety of modern furniture, especially designed to minimise sound. There are glass group study pods, long study tables, diner-style group seating, alcove padded seating for small groups, individual swivel armchairs, bright white tables with innovative chair designs …  

IMG_2062 smallThe resources area (back of building) has reopened for you to consult books and journals after rewiring and carpeting.  It also includes new individual study seating for quiet study. There are new power sockets at every study desk.

The new information desk is in the central, high-ceilings area, opposite the catalogue. Ask here for your Liaison Librarians who have returned to staff offices on this floor. 

Let us know what you think by commenting below!

Progress with other Library areas

IMG_2076 smallThe 5th Floor Silent Study area is due to open in a few weeks time. The 3rd and 4th Floor are back in full operation after glass walls were installed between adjacent floors, letting in more light and views. You will enjoy the newer study furniture (long desks, study carrels, chairs) brought in from now refurbished floors. It is hoped to make further improvements next summer.

Behind the Library, the road and parking spaces remain closed for the works’ duration .. although you may notice the crane has gone!

More information

For more and the latest information, see our exhibition on the University Library’s Ground Floor, University Library news or follow the Library on Twitter.


Major Library refurbishment begins

Overhead view of study pods, desks and seating drafted for Library's 2nd Floor refubishment

Architect’s impression of Library’s 2nd Floor refurbishment 2013

Work to achieve major Library refurbishment by this autumn has begun!

  • 5th Floor Silent Study area is now closed until December. You may hear the noise of demolition work beginning.
  • 2nd Floor (Science and life sciences)
    • The best route up is via the lifts or  adjacent stairs.
    • Material temporarily inaccessible during the works can be requested online for collection at the Ground Floor the next weekday midday. Currently this affects:
      • normal size books 573-699
      • folio books 000-099, 500-599 and 600-699
      • middle folio books 001-055.
    • The existing 2nd Floor Information Desk is still in operation but we will advise when it changes to the floor office.
    • Liaison Librarians Helen Hathaway, Melvin Morbey and Sally Smith are still in their office on the 2nd Floor. All other 2nd Floor Staff are now based in 109 on the 1st Floor, including Liaison Librarians Tim Chapman, Erika Delbeck and Judith Fox.
  • Parking spaces and road behind the Library closed for the duration of the works.

Examine our plans

An exhibition of our plans is now on show on the University Library’s Ground Floor. Please take a look! Alternatively, for more or day-to-day information, please follow the University Library news or follow the Library on Twitter.


Major refurbishment for Library this summer

Having listened to what students say they need from their Library, the University has invested in a major new refurbishment programme this year, as well as additional Library materials funding and longer opening hours already financed. We are spending over a million pounds each on the Library’s 2nd and 5th Floors to provide state-of-the-art collaborative and quiet study space with additional power sockets. Work begins as soon as most exams are over, due for completion in autumn 2013. We plan to work on other floors in future years.

What will it look like by autumn 2013?

Overhead view of study pods, desks and seating drafted for Library's 2nd Floor refubishment
Architect’s impression of refurbished 2nd Floor

The 2nd Floor will have 350 study spaces, each with a laptop plug point. The high-ceilinged area to the front of the building will provide a variety of collaborative study options including group study pods; diner-style seating; two-person and large table seating. Glass walls will divide off the book stock towards the back of the building with individual study seating for quiet study beside the windows. You’ll also benefit from brighter, eco-friendly lighting throughout.

Plan of study rooms with tables and chairs, toilets and informal seating areas

We plan long study rooms, informal seating and more toilets on the 5th Floor

The 5th Floor will include two long, silent study rooms with laptop plug points at each desk; an open soft-seating area without power sockets for conventional reading; and more single-sex toilets, including those with disabled access. Further study places will overlook the 4th Floor central area through a glass screen, replaced as in the original build.

How will works affect me, summer 2013?

The Library will remain open, providing services to Library users around works. However, please note these changes:

  • The 5th Floor Silent Study Floor will be closed to Library users for refurbishment from Saturday 8 June for the duration of the works.
  • Access to 2nd Floor Sciences and Life Science material will be restricted, section by section, but we will operate a fetch and carry service where material is out-of-bounds.
  • Science and Life Science Library staff will relocate to the 1st Floor Rooms 109, 110 and 111 where they will continue to help you.
  • Please use alternative Group Study areas on the Ground Floor and other PCs whilst Rooms 111, 110 and 109 are closed to users.
  • There may be some days when access to 1st Floor S@iL PCs will be restricted. You can also use PCs in other buildings. See IT Services webpage for availability.
  • For a few weeks over the summer, access to the central 4th Floor area (beside catalogue PCs/4th Floor Reference/Information Desk) will be restricted whilst a glass wall is installed between it and the 5th Floor.
  • Noise: Unfortunately, making such a fantastic ‘omelette’ will require cracking eggs loudly. You will experience loud noise from 10 June for a few weeks whilst we demolish walls etc on the 5th Floor. We will also need to drill through floors and walls throughout the project, although we will try to restrict this to early mornings before 10:00.
  • Alternative quiet space: Students and staff may always book rooms in other parts of the University for quiet study. At this time we envisage fewer rooms will already be engaged for teaching or exams. Contact or ring 0118 378 6506.
  • Disabled parking bays behind the Library will be moved from near the Chaplaincy to near the Cedars Hotel entrance whilst the contractors’ compound is in place.

More information

Watch our Library homepage for updates on our University Library News blog or our Library Twitter account. Look out for an exhibition including the architect’s impressions on the Library’s Ground Floor soon.


Library open 24 hours for exam-time 2013

University of Reading Library at nightThe University has listened and acted upon what students told us through National Student Surveys, via RUSU representatives and other channels: that you would like longer Library opening hours.

For the summer exam period, Monday 15 April to Friday 7 June the University Library will remain open 24 hours a day, most of the week. One small exception is that the Library will close 21:00 Saturday night to 08:30 Sunday morning for any essential and highly disruptive building maintenance work. You may like to use this time for some essential rest and recreation yourself. After exams, and for the rest of the summer term, Library opening reverts to normal term-time hours, as extended last spring.

Kara Swift, RUSU’s VP Academic Affairs says:

‘After a long campaign stretching many years of RUSU student officers, I cannot express how pleased I am to see the 24-hour library come into existence! We have been working very closely with the University on out-of-hours study provision this year and a 24-hour Library during the exam period will allow students to continue working in an environment which provides all the learning resources necessary for them to have the best academic experience possible.’

Check full date and time information on our Library opening hours webpage.

Overnight service levels

Whilst the Library will be self-service only from early evening, there is much you can do for yourself. All study areas will be available, as will PC and printing areas and photocopiers. You will be able to borrow material at Self-Service Points, including ‘holds’ you can now collect yourself, thanks to another recent Library service development. Staffed services resume in the morning. Detailed Library service levels information is on our website.

Please note that cleaning, including the use of vacuums, will take place regularly 05:30-08:30 Monday to Friday, plus occasional reactive cleaning. Whilst we apologise for any disturbance to your concentration, this is essential to maintain a pleasent working environment for all.

There will also be fire alarm testing every Monday at 08:30.

Views on 24-hour Library opening

See our blog ‘Your views on 24-hour Library opening’ to find out what some students told us after the first week and give us your own opinions.