Category Archives: Study Spaces

Library Study Space – new for September 2016

Over the summer, the Forum Library has benefited from refurbishment, improving ventilation to the Law Library and adding 97 new study seats by remodelling existing spaces across the 3 floors.

A variety of new seating options are available, including 13 new bookable group study areas near the Law Library.

We’ve added a few illustrative pictures below, to give you a flavour of the refurbished space, but come along and explore the new spaces for yourself!

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You’ll find remodelled space on the Level 0 entrance level and on the balcony space on Level +1. A range of seating layouts and services are provided, to suit different study needs.

More furniture is arriving to provide even more seating capacity in these areas in the first few weeks of term.

 

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We have added an extra seating area on Level -1, providing an additional 25 seats for individual study.  You’ll find them outside the Group Workroom.

If you need to get your head down for some individual study then these will be ideal study spaces.

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The study area adjacent to the Law Library and Library courtyard has been remodelled and offers 13 new bookable group study areas.  A few finishing touches are taking place in this area over Freshers Week and Weeks One & Two.

You’ll be able to book these online via the Student Room Booking service towards the end of Week Two.

Law Library Improvement Works

We are undertaking some Building works on level -1 Forum Library for the remainder of the summer vacation. Some works will be noisy and we are therefore recommending that levels 0 and +1 are preferred for study/research during this time.  All library stock will remain accessible throughout the work, although a fetching service will be in place for two weeks for Law Library materials, in order to facilitate ventilation works.  Full details below.

1. Law Library – Closure for Ventilation Works

Dates: Monday 18th July – Sunday 31st July 2016

During this period, work will be taking place in the Law Library area to improve the ventilation system. This will ensure more pleasant environmental conditions for study and research for the coming term.  Our student user feedback has highlighted the need for these improvements to take place.

You should be aware that:

  • The Law Library area will be closed to library users from Monday 18th July – Sunday 31st July 2016
  • During this period we will operate a fetching service for stock at various points during the day.  This will ensure continued access to all materials throughout the works. Users can ask at the Library Reception desk, phone or email us with requests
    • Phone: 01392 723867
    • Email:
    • In person: at Library Reception Point
  • Some of the works will involve floor drilling so will be noisy in the areas adjacent to Law Library on Level -1.  We recommend that library users make use of study space on Levels 0 and +1 for the duration of the works.

 

2. Law Library Study Booths Area – Closure for Refurbishment

Dates: Monday 1st August – Beginning of term

  • The Law library study booths area (adjacent to the Library Courtyard) on Level -1 will be closed from 1st August 2016 over the summer vacation for refurbishment.
  • The newly refurbished space will reopen in time for the new academic session.
  • Student feedback has highlighted that the current use of the space is less than optimal as booths are monopolised for long periods of time, causing problems at busy periods.
  • The space will be reworked to provide a different study space layout to address this issue and also to accommodate some bookable space in order to improve shared student access and use of the space.
  • Some noisy work will take place during this refurbishment and we recommend that users make use of  study space on Levels 0 and +1 for the duration of the works.

If you need any assistance to locate or access materials or study space during these works, please see Library staff or contact

 

Study Space in the Library

Are you gearing up for the exam season? So are we!

We know that study space provision is hugely important during the revision and exam period, so here’s a brief to guide to the study spaces that are available for you over the next month or so in the Library.

Streatham Campus

Forum Library:
24/7 availability as usual (swipe access after 20.00 on week days, 18.00 at the weekend)

Seminar Room access via the Library. The Forum Seminar Rooms on levels 0 and +1 will become part of the Library, further expanding the study spaces that are available to you 24/7. Remember to enter and exit these rooms via the Library (through the doors by the computer clusters) not via the Forum.

The other study seats are all available as usual – find out more here

Amory Study Centre:
Opening hours extended to 24/7 (swipe access)

The Loft:
Open: 08:00 – 21:30, Mon – Sun

Research Commons:
Open 08.00 – 20.00 week days, 10.00 – 18.00 at the weekend

The Sanctuary:
Will be in use for exams during this period and is therefore not available as a study space

St Luke’s Campus

St Luke’s Library:
Open 08.00 – 20.00 week days, 10.00 – 18.00 at the weekend

24/7 Study Space available in the Luke’s Library computer room and 24/7 room.

Giraffe House:
Open daily 08.00 – 21.30

Other Study Spaces

Don’t forget study seats are also available in the Student Services Centre, Forum Street Balcony, Forum Expo Labs and in many other buildings across our campuses.

You can check availability in advance using the Study Space Checker

Study smart:

Follow these tips to help you and fellow students get the most out of our study spaces:

1]    Only use one seat when working; leave enough room for someone else to sit and work

2]    It is OK to take a break for about an hour (60 minutes) if you are working in the library for a long time; but always return promptly within one hour. leave one of our cards so others know you are coming back.

3]    Remember the Library is a public space! Always take valuables with you or lock them safely in a Forum Locker.

More study spaces added today!

Good news – we’ve added an extra 30 study spaces to the Forum Library. The desks are temporary and will be upgraded (new furniture is being ordered). Most are on Level -1, but there are a few on the other floors as well.

As well as these, there are some other higher height tables on the floors that could be used as standing desks for those of you who prefer it.

New Study Spaces Coming to the Forum Library

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Over the next few months we will be working to put in more study spaces in the Forum Library.

A total of 104 new spaces will go in which will include converting the current staff office into a study room with some bookable group study rooms and also creating some railway style study carrels alongside the Seal Courtyard Garden.

Work on this will begin in August 2015 and go on into the New Year.

Plans below should explain what we are trying to acheive over the coming months.

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More seats, longer hours: Exam time study space provision

Are you gearing up for the exam season? So are we! We know that study space provision is hugely important during the revision and exam period, so this is why we’ve been busy expanding our seating and arranging extended opening hours in our study centres across campus.

Here’s a brief to guide to the improvements we’ve made and the study spaces that are available for you over the next month or so. There are a few changes to watch out for.

Streatham Campus:

Forum Library:

24/7 availability as usual (swipe access after 20.00 on week days, 18.00 at the weekend)

More seating!  This week we’ve added 44 brand new study spaces, split between the Law Library (Level -1) and Level +1. This is in addition to the new seats in Express Collections added earlier this year.

Seminar Room access via the Library. From 09.00 on Friday 27th April the Forum Seminar Rooms on levels 0 and +1 will become part of the Library, further expanding the study spaces that are available to you 24/7. Remember to enter and exit these rooms via the Library (through the doors by the computer clusters) not via the Forum.

Quiet study room in The Forum Library

Quiet study room in The Forum Library

Amory Study Centre:

Opening hours extended to 24/7 (swipe access) from 27th April

The Loft:

Opening hours extended to 24/7 (swipe access) from 27th April

Research Commons:

Additional study space available in Seminar rooms A/B and C from Monday 13th April (open 08.00 – 20.00 week days, 10.00 – 18.00 at the weekend)

The Sanctuary:

Will be in use for exams during this period and is therefore not available as a study space

St Luke’s Campus

St Luke’s Library:

Open 08.00 – 20.00 Monday – Friday, 10.00 – 18.00 at the weekend.

24/7 Study Space available in the Luke’s Library computer room and 24/7 room.

Giraffe House:

Open daily 08.00 – 21.30

Study space in Giraffe House

Study space in Giraffe House

Other Study Spaces

Don’t forget study seats are also available in the Student Services Centre, Forum Street Balcony, Forum Expo Labs and in many other buildings across our campuses. You can check availability in advance using the iExeter app.

Study smart:

Follow these tips to help you and fellow students get the most out of our study spaces:

1)    Use one seat when working; leave enough room for someone else to sit and work

Always leave a card when you take a break and return within  1 hour

Always leave a card when you take a break and return within 1 hour

2)    It is OK to take a break for about an hour (60 minutes) if you are working in the library for a long time; but always return promptly within one hour. leave one of our Taking a Break cards so others know you are coming back.

3)    Remember the Library is a public space! Always take valuables with you or lock them safely  in a Forum Locker.

 

 

Coming soon: new study spaces in the Forum Library

We’re really pleased to be in the process of installing almost 50 new study desks in the Forum Library, just in time for the exam period.  The new study spaces will be located in the Lasok Law Library (Forum Library Level -1) and on Level +1 outside the Neil Cross group study room.

We recently added new study desks in EXpress Collections, now even more are on the way!

We recently added new study desks in Express Collections, now even more are on the way!

While these spaces are being cleared and the new desks installed you may experience some disturbance in the vicinity of these spaces between now and April 17th. We apologise for this but are confident that the end result – more study seats in the ever popular Forum Library – will be worth it.

If you’re looking for silent study space in the next week it might be worth avoiding these two areas of the Library. Why not use the silent study room on Level 0 which is well away from the areas affected? Other great quiet spaces to study on Steatham Campus this week include Research Commons, The Loft or the Amory Study Centre. Find out more about these and other available spaces on our website.

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.

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exam study space: extra seating, extended opening

With exams looming we know that study space is a priority. This is why you’ll see a number of changes in January intended to give you more options for when and where you study in Library spaces. Check out the full list below:

1) . More study seats in the Forum Library.

From 2nd – 10th January 2015 the Seminar wings on levels 0 and +1 of the Forum will become part of the Library. This means you can enter and exit these spaces through the Library (via the doors next to the computer cluster) rather than from the Forum side. The rooms can be used for quiet study, increasing our available seating t0 1044 seats! And don’t forget the Forum Library  is always open 24/7 to support your study needs whatever time of day or night you choose to do your revision.20141216_143102

2). More seats in Express Collections.

We’ve added extra desks and study seats in the popular Express Collections area, increasing our study space even further in time for the revision period. These desks are available now.

3). The Loft goes 24/7!

The Loft in Devonshire House has been open since October. Have you studied there yet? From 2nd  – 10th January we’re extending the opening ours of this space to make it available 24/7! Just 2 minutes walk from the Forum Library it’s a great place to go to study – any time!

4). The Amory Study Centre goes 24/7!

From 5th – 10th January we’re also extending the opening hours of the ever popular Amory Study Centre, so this too will available 24/7! Located in the Amory Building, just 4 minutes from the Forum Library, the Centre offers a great mix of quiet study space and bookable group work rooms.

 

Why not check out our website for full details of all the study spaces available across campus? You can also use the space checker to check in advance how many desks are free in each area.

And don’t forget always leave one of our Taking a Break cards on the desk if you will be gone for less than one hour. If you are going to be gone for more than 1 hour please clear your things and allow someone else to use the seat.

 

Good luck in your exams!

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Let us know when you take a break

We know that the Forum Library can get very busy during peak times of day, especially as deadlines or exams approach. You’ve told us that it causes problems when other Library users take up more than one space or “save seats” by leaving their belongings and then going away.

In response, we worked closely with the Student’s Guild Representatives and with individual students to come up with guidelines for using study seats in our Library spaces.

Watch out for cards like this around the Library:

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What to do:

When taking a break of up to one hour: please always leave a card, fill in the time you left and be sure to return within 60 minutes.

If you will be gone longer than an hour: please clear your desk so that others can use the space.

Remember the Library is a public space! Never leave valuable items unattended; always take them with you or lock them in a Forum Locker

Each card can be reused up to 20 times.

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This is a student led scheme 

We hope you will continue working with us to make the “Taking a Break” scheme a success.

If would like to share your thoughts on the scheme then please send us an email or  fill in one of the comments cards you’ll find around the Library.