Category Archives: Luke’s Library

New Study Space at St Luke’s Campus: Giraffe House

Looking for study space on St Luke’s Campus? Why not try Giraffe House? This brand new space opened on 7th January and can be found above Cloisters Café.


PCs in Giraffe House

 Giraffe House Facilities:

  • 120 student study spaces
  • 37 PCs
  • Quiet study area
  • “Railway carriage” style study booths
  • 3 group study rooms: these can be booked in advance via the central room bookings system
  • Print, Copy and scan facilities
  • Plenty of power sockets to plug in and charge your devices


 Opening hours:

In line with other study spaces, such as The Loft and Amory Study Centre, Giraffe House is open 7 days a week, from 08.00 – 21.30 with extended opening during exam time (we’ll let you know the details of this nearer the time). Giraffe House is open to all students but access is via swipe card only so you will need to bring your Unicard to make use of this space.


Look and Feel:

Do you like the décor in Giraffe House? The furniture and colour scheme were chosen following feedback from SSLCs last year, and also reflect features that have proved popular in other study spaces such as the ‘railway carriage’ booths which were first introduced in the Amory Study centre. The art on the walls displays various views and features from around St Luke’s campus – even including the cat who is a regular campus visitor!

We think Giraffe House is a great place to work and a welcome addition to Exeter campus study spaces. Why not check it out if you haven’t done so already?

"Carriage" booths and PCS. Spot the cat!

“Carriage” booths and PCS. Spot the cat!

Quiet space and looking toward the group  study rooms

Quiet space and looking toward the group study rooms








IT Network Disruption at St Luke’s Library Sat 1st and Sat 8th March 2014

Due to essential works on the St Luke’s campus there will be disruption to IT and phone services during two Saturdays in March. Before construction work can start on the South Cloisters development, two fibre cables linking St Luke’s to Streatham and St Luke’s to the RD&E need to be re-routed away from the new foundations. There is no ideal time to schedule this essential work however these two dates were considered the best in order to avoid maximum disruption. We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause.

The works are planned from 6am to 6pm on:

  • Saturday 1st March
  • Saturday 8th March


Saturday 1st March

No IT network services will be available at St Luke’s Library. This means no internet data services or IP telephone service. The phone service will divert to the external public network.

St Luke’s Library will open as usual from 10am-6pm but there will be reduced services. Staff will be able to issue and return items and take fine payments (cash only) at the Enquiry Desk. The library catalogue will be unavailable but library staff can still offer help and advice so please don’t hesitate to ask. The PC Cluster and 24/7 Study Space will remain open but there will be no internet. Swipe card access and heating will continue to work as normal.

Saturday 8th March

Although work will be taking place on this day, St Luke’s Library will be unaffected and will open as usual from 10am-6pm with our full range of services available. The PC Cluster and 24/7 Study Space will also be open as usual. However, be aware that IT services generally will be at risk throughout the day.

On both days Library staff will be available to provide help and support.

If you would like more information please contact library staff at St Luke’s:

Email: or telephone: 01392 724785

Don’t forget to check the Library Twitter page and the Library Blog for up-to-date information.


St Luke’s Quiz news

Thanks to everyone who took part in the “Explore St Luke’s Library Quiz” during Fresher’s Week and the first week of term. We hope it was a fun way to start finding your way round our library. The results are now in and our winners were:

Got a suggestion? Leave a comment at St Luke’s Library before 31st October and you could be a winner!


Luke Tester (Medicine)
Pei-Chen Wu (Education)
Ester Clemente (Education)
Ben Dawson (Medicine)
Alice Harvey (Education)

They won various prizes from Magdalen Road shops including a Barista Experience at Darkhorse Espresso, a voucher from Cafe Magdalen, a fruit box from E. M. Hills greengrocers, and vouchers from Leaf Street.


If you’d like to be a prize winner then keep an eye out for other competitions running at St Luke’s Library throughout the term.

Currently, we’re inviting people to Comment and Win: suggest a positive and practical improvement to St Luke’s Library. All suggestions received before 31st October will be entered into a prize draw to win prizes donated by Spar and The Sandwiched Inn.

So what are you waiting for? Leaving a comments card only takes a few minutes, there are designated comments card boxes around St Luke’s Library so just post your completed card through the box. Your suggestions make a real difference and help influence our services, plus there are great prizes at stake too. So please get commenting!


St Luke’s Library quiz

Fancy being in with the chance of winning some great prizes? Why not have a go at the Explore St Luke’s Library orientation quiz? The competition involves matching views of the Library to nearby book titles and is open to all students – you don’t need to be registered on a Luke’s based course to take part. Find out more about St Luke’s Library, the great facilities on offer, and how to get there on our webpages.

The quiz is a great, fun way to get to know the scenic St Luke’s Library and the valuable study spaces and resources we have on offer there, plus you could win some great prizes from local businesses in the characterful Magdalen Road area of Exeter, just next to St Luke’s campus.

A view of St Luke’s Library – come and explore it for yourselves!

Prizes include:

A Barista experience from Darkhorse Espresso

A voucher from Leaf Street

A fruit box voucher from E.M Hills greengrocers

A voucher from Cafe Magdalen

So what are you waiting for? Pick up an entry form from St Luke’s Library and hand it back to us before the closing date of 4th October to be in with the chance to win. Good luck!

St Luke’s Library: new opening hours

St Luke’s Campus Library

Located just a short walk from Exeter city centre, St Luke’s Library is a great place to study, and you don’t need to be on a course based on St Luke’s Campus to use our facilities. Here’s some information about our opening hours at St Luke’s Library for the 2013-14 academic year.

St Luke’s Library offers our usual extended term time opening hours to cover 36 weeks per year, including the weeks before exams and the additional weeks in June to support our PGCE students.  We have also extended our opening hours to include Saturday and Sunday mornings, now increasing our weekend opening hours to 10.00 – 18.00 all year round.

From Monday 16th September, term time hours resume at St Luke’s. From this date the library’s staffed opening hours will be 08.00 -20.00 on weekdays and  10.00 – 18.00 at weekends so that Library staff will always be on hand to offer support during busy times. Library users are welcome to move to the 24/7 study room after 8 PM (6PM at weekends) but access to collections is not possible after this time.  Our 24/7 provision at St Luke’s includes up to 30 study seats and 28 computers (with colour and black and white print facilities), available all year round.

For more information on new our opening hours please talk to library staff  or why not visit our web pages for full details?

Extended Sunday Opening Hours for St Luke’s!

You Asked….. For St Luke’s Library to be open longer at the weekends

We Did…. From this Sunday and for the duration of the exam period  St Luke’s Library will opening on a Sunday at the new earlier time of 10.00 AM!

Students in St Luke’s Library


St Luke’s extended weekend opening hours (from 28th April on a trial basis) are:

Saturdays: 10.00 – 18.00 

Sundays: 10.00 – 18.00

And don’t forget the out of hours study room and computer cluster are available by swipe access 24/7 all year round. If you’ve not studied at St Luke’s before why not make a visit during the exam period: the Library offers, a designated Quiet study room, perfect for revision, as well as drop-in group pods and a larger group room bookable via the central student room bookings system.

For more information on St Luke’s Library and how to get there please see our webpages.

This change was made as a direct result of feedback from our users. We always do our best to act on the requests you make, so if you have a comment or suggestion for us please do let us know. Comments cards boxes can be found in all our Libraries, or why not email or speak to any member of staff directly. We’re always keen to hear your views!


Longer hours, extra spaces: your Libraries during revision time

We know that the Summer exam period is one of the busiest times in the Library. Here’s a round up of what we’re doing to ensure you get the resources and the study spaces you need for your exam revision:

Level +1 Forum Library Study Room

  •  Extended late opening in the Amory Study Centre:

This popular space which provides a mix of quiet and group study is now available from 8AM – Midnight every day until 2nd June. Swipe your card to enter.

  • Forum Seminar Rooms becoming part of the Library:

From 28th April the  Seminar wings on level +1 and level 0 will become part of the Library, available 24/7 for quiet study and increasing our capacity to over 1000 study seats. Enter the seminar wings through the Library (entrance by the computer clusters) from 28th April.

  • Extra Quiet Revision Space in the Forum Library:

To prioritise quiet study the group room on Forum Library +1 has become a quiet revision space from for the duration of the exam period. Group work spaces are still available in the Neil Cross and Vale Rooms, or why not book online a group room in the Amory Study Centre or the Forum Student Services Centre?

  • Longer opening hours at St Luke’s: 

We are extending the opening hours of St Luke’s Library and for the first time the Library will be open on Sunday mornings! St Luke’s already offers a 24/7 computer cluster and study room but to further increase study space and access to our collections we will be opening the Library itself  from 10.00 on Sundays (rather than our regular time of 14.00) from  28th April on a trial basis.

Revision spaces and tips

The Summer term is nearly upon us which does, inevitably, mean revision. Good luck to all of you who are taking exams in the coming weeks. Here’s our guide to getting the most out of Library spaces and resources and – most importantly – looking after yourselves during this stressful time.

Quiet Spaces where you can study

The Main Reading Room in Research Commons is a haven for focused quiet study

We understand the importance finding a quiet space to study on campus, which is why :

  • The overall number of study spaces in the Forum Library has been permanently increased as of April 2013
  • Forum Seminar Rooms on Levels 0 and +1 will become drop in study rooms accessible through the Library from Sunday 28th April – Sunday 2nd June (inclusive)
  • Forum Library group work rooms will become quieter revision spaces for the duration of the exam period
  • Year round designated silent study rooms are available on all 3 floors of the Forum Library, as well as in Research Commons, St Luke’s Library and in the Amory Study Centre.
  • The availability of the Interview Rooms in the Student Services Centre is  extended during the exam period with  Rooms 3, 4, 5 and 7 available as drop-in study spaces from 8am – 9pm, Monday – Friday, and additional rooms (1 – 8) available on a drop-in basis 5pm – 9pm on weekdays and 10am – 9pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Studying late? Work smart and stay safe!

Quiet Study Room in the Forum Library Learning Hub (Level -1)

If you plan on studying long into the night then you can do so safely:

  • The Forum Library is open 24/7 (swipe access after 9pm on week days and 6pm at the weekend)
  • St Luke’s Library has a swipe-accessible 24/7 study room on the 1st floor
  • Amory Study Centre (currently open until 9.30PM daily) will stay open until Midnight during exam time (Sunday 21st April – Sunday 2nd June).

But if you are staying late then do look after yourselves. Please take note of the following tips:

  • You’ll retain more information if you take regular short breaks between your revision sessions
  • Don’t forget to eat and drink: vending machines are available in all our Libraries
  • Even in a heated environment you can get cold if you are sitting still for long periods: free blankets are available from the Library reception desk, just ask if you’d like one.
  • Consider your safety if you need to leave the Library during the night: always walk home with a friend if possible, or if not call a taxi. Try to make sure one of your friends or housemates knows where you are and what time you are heading home.
  • The Library is a public space, never leave valuables unattended. Storage lockers and laptop charging lockers are available in the Forum (you can borrow keys through Express Collections); please store your belongings safely in these while you take a break.

 Study skills and managing stress

It’s normal to feel nervous when facing an exam, and a certain amount of anxiety can inspire you to a better performance, but it’s important not to let anxiety overcome you. The University Wellbeing Team offer some useful tips on their webpages for how to keep calm and manage stress during exams that may be useful.

Here in the Library we also have a number of resources available to help you prepare for your exams. Why not consult one of the following titles, just a selection from the many we have available:



The Exam Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell

Find it in the Forum Library or St Luke’s Library at classmark 371.26 COT




Essential Study Skills: The Complete Guide to Success at University by Tom Burns and Sandra Sinfield

Find it in the Forum Library Reference Section at 029.6 BUR or loanable copies at St Luke’s Library classmark  378.170281 BUR 





The Student’s Guide to Exam Success by Eileen Tracy

Find it in the Forum Library or St Luke’s Library at Classmark: 378.17028 TRA 






Passing exams without anxiety : how to get organised, be prepared and feel confident of success by David Acres

Find it in the Forum Library Reference Section at 026.6 ACR or at St Luke’s Library Classmark  371.30281 ACR 

Explore St Luke’s Library Competition – Prize Winner!

This has been a big week for prize-giving in the Library – what a pleasure! Not only did Athicha Siriboonlamom, winner of the Library Quality Survey prize draw, collect her iPad at the Forum Library (full story here) but over at St Luke’s Library we were pleased to be able to meet the prize winner of our ‘Explore St Luke’s Library’ Competition.

This competition  involved identifying various mystery views around the Library and matching them to nearby book holdings. Our winner was Stephen Eftekhari, a postgraduate student in Education who said the competition was challenging but enjoyable. Stephen is a regular user of St Luke’s Library so his prize – a £25 voucher to spend in Waitrose which is handily located just across the road from St Luke’s Campus – should come in very handy! Well done Stephen!

Stephen was presented with his voucher by Roxanne Crabb, Forum Library supervisor (pictured) and Rachel Oakes, St Luke’s Library Supervisor.

Prize winner Stephen Eftekhari with Library Supervisor Roxanne Crabb

Although the competition is now finished, St Luke’s Library is still a great place to explore, and you don’t need to be registered on a St Luke’s-based course to use the facilities. So if you’ve never visited before why not take the opportunity to study there this term? Just a short walk from the city centre, St Luke’s Library offers:

  • Over 180 study spaces
  • A 24/7 swipe accessible PC cluster and study room
  • Bookable group rooms
  • AccessAbility Room
  • Designated quiet study space
  • A kitchen-style breakout area
  • A wide range of resources with specialisms in Education, Sports Sciences and Medicine
  • All set in a beautiful green campus environment with far reaching views across the city!

Find out more including opening times and how to get there on the St Luke’s Library webpages.

Library Quality Survey – Prize Winner!

Athicha Siriboonlamom took part in the recent Library Quality Survey, and was very glad she did – she was selected in a random draw, and was the lucky winner of the iPad !

Aticha Siriboonlamom with her prize

Athicha, a postgraduate student in the Graduate School of Education and a frequent user of St Lukes library, was presented with her prize by Library Champions Sophie Hunter, Josephine Hornsey and Andrew Eckert.  Library Champions are a vital team of student volunteers who liaise with and promote the Library, as well as influencing Library purchasing in their subject area.

Aticha with Library Champions Sophie Hunter, Josephine Hornsey and Andrew Eckert.

In her own words, Athicha summed up how she felt about the Library:  “St Lukes Library saved my life, especially when I had to complete my assignments and I couldn’t work at home.   The Library staff are really friendly and helpful.”

The Library was very grateful to everyone who completed the survey, which offers us the chance to really appreciate what our customers want most from us.  We are now working hard to make improvements, based on what you told us.  A summary of the results is available here.

Congratulations, Athicha – we hope you enjoy your new iPad!