Silent & quiet study during revision and exams

quietPlease be considerate to your fellow students during the revision period by keeping noise to a minimum on the quiet floors (Levels 3 and 4) and maintaining silence on Level 5.

Quiet and silent study space is very popular at this time of year. As a result, students have requested that unattended personal items left in order to reserve Library desks are removed to allow others to use the space. Please be aware that Library staff may remove unattended personal items and take them to Security for safekeeping.

As an additional step, our Library Level 4 meeting room is being converted to permanent extra study space to increase our capacity. For more information on Library spaces and other study venues around campus see: study areas and bookable workrooms.

There are also other rooms available on campus including the various Learning Commons. The latest to be added is on Level 2 of Norwood House.

Opening times for the Learning Commons are:

  • 6WS:  8:15 am – 7:15 pm
  • 6E2.8:  8:00 am – 11:05 pm
  • Norwood House Level 2:  Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 10:00 pm (includes bookable group work and interview rooms)
  • Virgil Building, from 8th May until 1st June opening times have been extended to midnight, i.e. Mon-Fri 8:00 am to midnight;  Sat-Sun 10:00 am to midnight
  • Library Level 2 Learning Commons: 24/7

The University is again making additional spaces available to students for study. Dates and times of rooms available are listed by week (6 May – 2 June).

Good luck with your exams!
The Library

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Library heating switches off to allow vital repair work: afternoon of 4 – 5 May

Due to essential repairs to a leak on the high temperature hot water pipework system the heating to all levels of the Library will be switched off later this afternoon.  This will allow the pipework to cool down sufficiently so that the actual repair, scheduled for first thing tomorrow morning, can be carried out.  Heating should be restored to the Library by early afternoon unless an unforeseen problem occurs.

This works will not affect the hot and cold water supplies to toilets or kitchen areas.

We apologies for any inconvenience.

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Graffiti board comments – April 2017

After a brief hiatus whilst we focused on collecting your views via our LibQual survey, we are re-opening graffiti board comments. We are currently analysing over 1,500 survey responses and will provide feedback in due course. Thanks again to all of you who took the time to let us know what you think!

Many of the issues raised in the comments over April have already been
answered in previous posts which you can check out for more information

Your latest comments:

‘Socket on every table’ / ‘It’s not a free PC if some (idiot) sits in front of it with a laptop’

We agree that a socket on every table would be ideal. A major electrical upgrade took place in January. Prior to that the building was at its power limit, ‘running hot’, and we were unable to add more devices or power sockets. Since the upgrade we have been working to increase the number of sockets on desks, with several fitted this Semester e.g. in the Level 3 Quiet Study area. We are also working with Computing Services to identify areas for additional PCs and sockets. As we continue on our programme of refurbishment our priority will be to ensure all desks have sockets. This will be a gradual ongoing process.

Improving Library study space is important to us and as we increase the number of powered desks for ‘bring-your-own-device’ study, this should alleviate pressure on desks with fixed PCs plus power sockets. Given the high demand at this time of year, there will still be competition of space, particularly at the front of the Library at peak times of the day. If you have concerns about access to workstations please talk to a member of Library staff or Computing Services at point of need. There are also several new Learning Commons on and off campus which offer alternative space. For example, Norwood House Level 2 Learning Commons has just opened.

‘Microwave in the pantry area’

In the Library we have a snack area in the entrance to your right as you enter the building, before passing through the gates. You are welcome to eat and drink in this area. We have refurbished the space and improved the vending machines. We regret that we cannot offer a microwave. There are many outlets for food and drink and ‘heat and eat’ stations close to the Library on the Parade. Unfortunately we have had complaints in the past regarding hot food smells and our cleaners are already over-stretched clearing food waste in the main part of the Library, which shouldn’t be there; Our policy for all areas through the entry gate is for bottled water only.

‘Less books more tables’

As with socketed desks, we are also in agreement here and over the past couple of years have radically reduced the number of books in our collections via a large weeding and project. New seating areas have been added. In 2016 we added over 70 more seats on Level 2 alone and since then two large offices have been repurposed as study spaces on Level 3. Library Level 2 Learning CommonsOur Level 4 meeting room will be converting to a dedicated study space from the revision period onward.

This year we are focusing on a major journal review to identify additional space for future development. We are limited somewhat by fire safety and ventilation capacity in terms of how many seats we can add. Additionally, we want a good study environment rather than densifying too much, so there is a fine balance to achieve. We are working on this and you can expect further improvements over time. We would love to hear what you think of the spaces we have upgraded so far!

‘Some people, including staff, keep talking on level 5. It’s annoying’

As we approach the revision and assessment period we will be reverting to silent study across the subject floors, not just Level 5. We will be re-iterating the importance of respecting your fellow students and we will also be making additional space available. Some students will want to work in groups and there are still spaces available where this is appropriate, for example Level 2 and group work rooms.

quietGenerally speaking our quiet/silent policies are self-policing, but if you have any concerns please speak to a member of Library staff and we will do our best to help. We particularly ask students to be mindful when moving between floors, leaving the lift, or answering phone calls (please use the stairwells and keep phones set to silent). Please be aware that some areas are almost impossible to keep silent, such as PC areas where the background sound of machines and typing is fairly constant.

Wherever possible our staff also do our best to keep noise to a minimum, including within our offices. With stock moves and other projects on the floor this has been trickier. We apologise for any inconvenience. We try our best to be approachable so please do let us know if you have any concerns.

We wish you all the best with your exams and are doing our best to provide you with a welcoming and conducive learning environment. Your comments as always are much appreciated.

Warm regards,
The Library

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Library PC shutdowns for electrical checks

Essential safety checks of the electrical cables supplying the PC areas at the front of the Library will be carried out across 13-20 April on Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the Library.

On each day, the PCs and power sockets on one particular floor will be shut down from 7:30 am to enable the checking to take place.

During these days, power sockets and PC workstations will be available on other floors of the Library.

  • Level 5 – Thursday 13 April
  • Level 4 –  Tuesday 18 April
  • Level 3 –  Wednesday 19 April
  • Level 2 –  Thursday 20 April

We apologise for any disruption and inconvenience that may occur.

electrical safety checks 2017

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Library refurbishment: noise disruption this week

Noisy refurbishment work will be taking place at the following times and locations in the Library this week:

Monday 3 & Tuesday 4 April – Library L2 Learning Commons, 5pm -10pm.

Wednesday 5 & Thursday 6 April – Library L3, 5pm – 10pm.

Please plan your use of the Library facilities accordingly. We anticipate a lot of noise which will likely travel across the floors affected. You will need to use another floor for study (and also toilet facilities) during the works.

This essential refurbishment work involves installation of disabled access barriers to improve accessibility of toilets on L2 and L3 of the Library.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Kind regards,

The Library


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E-Book trial of Business Expert Press

We are pleased to announce a two month trial of e-books specifically written as practical, concise guides to business for MBA and post-graduate business students.

Topics covered include: leadership, project management, marketing, planning, chain management, ethics, international business, corporate governance, public relations and competitive advantage. 
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The trial runs until 31 May 2017.

Please send your feedback to Helen Rhodes, subject librarian for the School of Management –


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New book drop service launched

book dropTired of carrying Library books up the hill when they are due to be returned?

You can now save yourself a trip to campus by returning any borrowed Library books via a book drop box inside the new Virgil Building at Manvers Street. You will need your Library card to swipe through the gates to reach the book drop which is to the right of the reception desk.



The books will be brought up to Campus, directly to the Library, twice a day, by the University’s postal service.

virgil building


The Virgil building Learning Commons is open: Mon-Fri 8am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm and will be open during vacations, although it and the café, will be closed on Bank Holidays and University closed days.



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