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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Looking for quiet spaces to work on Streatham campus? Did you know that you can now pre-book a lovely large study desk and an associated locker in which to store your belongings?
The desks are located in the main reading room of Research Commons, a designated silent study space where you can really concentrate on your research. Research Commons is housed in the Old Library building on the Streatham campus near the University Chapel and just a short walk from The Forum.
What you need to know:
PGRs can book desks like this one in the Research Commons Reading Room
Who? The desks are available to postgraduate research students from all colleges.
When? They are available for use during the library’s opening hours (currently 08.00 – 20.00 on weekdays and 10.00 – 18.00 on Saturdays and Sundays, further information here)
How long? Desks can be booked for 1 day or for up to 5 consecutive days.
What to do? When you arrive collect your locker key from the Research Commons Reception Desk by 10.00 (weekdays) or 11.00 (weekends). If you are going to be arriving later than these times, please confirm that you still need the desk by contacting Research Commons on the day.
Anything else? If you need more information about this scheme please contact staff at Research Commons who will be happy to assist. You can call us on 01392 724052 (internal: 4052) or email . A webpage supporting the use of these desks is also available here.
More about Research Commons
Although a particular haven for postgraduates, Research Commons is open to all and is well worth a visit. As well the silent reading room the Library contains a multi-media seminar room, a café-style break out space with vending facilities and an outdoor terrace area.
The Research Commons houses our Special Collections, the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, the Arab World Documentation Unit, Official Publications and print copies of Science Journals. It also contains older and other less used research items. Why not take a look at our floor plans or just stop by for a visit?
Many of you may be leaving Exeter for the Christmas vacation; if you are then we hope you have fantastic festive season and a relaxing break! But here in the Library we also understand that some deadlines loom large in January and so we’re here to support those of you who are planning to stay and study during the festive period.
Facilities in the Forum Library are available 24/7 via swipe access throughout the whole vacation
The good news is that the Forum Library is open 24/7 for swipe card access throughout the break providing a warm, safe and bright environment for any Exeter university students or staff requiring study space or access to our resources. However during this time there will be some changes to the availability of other study areas that you may be used to using so please take note of the following information and plan your study schedules accordingly:
24/7 Swipe access for registered university members available throughout the vacation. For access for external users and Library staff working hours see our website
St Luke’s Campus Library PC cluster and 24/7 room
24/7 swipe access for registered university members available throughout the vacation.
Help us make your Libraries great places to study by respecting our rules and, above all, respecting the needs of other Library users!
We understand that your study needs will differ throughout the peaks and troughs of the academic year: sometimes you need to work as a group, other times to get your head down and really focus in silence. We offer spaces to accommodate both these and other study needs. Here’s a guide to help you find the right study space for your needs and to ensure you are using it appropriately.
What do you need?
“Help! I’ve got a deadline! I need somewhere I can really sit and concentrate!”
One of the Forum Library Silent Study rooms: all drinks should have lids
Where to go:
Try one of our Silent Study spaces!
There are dedicated silent study rooms on all 3 floors of the Forum Library, in Research Commons the Main Reading Room and levels -1 and -2 are for silent study, while at St Luke’s Library the top floor study room is devoted to silent working.
Make Silent Study work for you and for others:
No conversation: we expect silent spaces to be just that!
No sound from headphones: it’s fine to wear headphones but ensure your music is at a low enough volume that no sound escapes to disturb others
All drinks must have lids
Set mobile phones to silent or vibrate and if you need to answer your phone please leave the room to do so.
Cold, unobtrusive food only (nothing hot, odorous or noisy to eat/unwrap). We understand that everyone needs a snack from time to time but eating food in silent areas must not disturb others so why not have a break and take food to a breakout space instead?
Library staff regularly patrol silent areas to ensure these rules are being respected but if you are being disturbed by noise in a silent study area then do let us know as soon as possible so that we can deal with the problem. We’re in the process of setting up a text alert service for noise problems. This will go live in time for the revision period: watch this space for further details!
What do you need?
“We need somewhere we can work together or our presentation skills”
Where to go:
Group work room in the Amory Study Centre, you can book these online
Try one of our designated Group Study spaces
Drop in group spaces are available on all 3 floors of the Forum Library, while St Luke’s Library offers group rooms on the first floor and pods on the gallery st floor at pods on the gallery.
Conversation is allowed but please ensure behaviour and olume is reasonable for a study environment
All drinks must have lids
Cold food only and please remove any rubbish
Remember to adjust your volume and do not disturb others when moving between different areas
No alcohol is allowed in library spaces
If you need help using the Student Group Work areas, or would like guidance on how to book these spaces online please ask Library staff.
What do you need?
Breakout area in Research Commons
“We just want to chat and compare lecture notes over a cup of coffee”
For a less formal learning environment try one of our Breakout Spaces
These include: Forum Library Lounge and Balcony, Research Commons Breakout Space or St Luke’s Library first floor kitchen area.
Make the Breakout Spaces work for you and for others:
Ideal for informal social learning or taking a break
Comfortable seating in more relaxed arrangements
Food and drink are permitted here with vending facilities available but please clean up after yourselves
Recycle all your rubbish using the bins provided
Respect the space and ensure behaviour remains appropriate
The consumption of Alcohol is not permitted
It’s healthy to take a break! Breakout spaces are for you to enjoy; help control noise in quieter areas by bringing your food and casual conversations here.
What about the rest of the Library?
Library computer clusters are intended for quiet learning
Any Library space not specifically designated as Silent, Group or Breakout is for Quiet study.
This means that the Library is intended to be quiet environment: hushed conversations, asking for help, finding what you need on the shelves, using printers, all of these create studious buzz, so some noise is inevitable but respect the needs of other students, control your volume and take group work or casual chats to more appropriate spaces.
Make Quiet Spaces work for you and for others:
Keep conversations to a minimum
Keep noise from your computer or mobile device to a minimum and always wear headphones if you are viewing a film or lecture online
All drinks must have lids and no alcohol please
Cold food only and please remove any rubbish to the landfill and recycle bins provided
If you are being disturbed by unreasonable noise in any of our library spaces please do let Library staff know as soon as possible – we’re proud of our spaces and keen to help make sure they’re being used appropriately so that everyone can get the best out of them!
Full details of our library behaviour policy can be found online here. Do please have a look and abide by these simple rules which exist to ensure respect for all library spaces and fellow library users. If you have any questions or comments please do , we’d love to hear from you!
Centrally located just underneath the Great Hall, this colourful, inspiring study space is regularly open 08.00 – 20.00, 7 days a week. However please be aware that on Wednesday 9th October The Sanctuary will be closing at 19.30, half an hour earlier than usual so the space can be decorated in preparation for the Fresher’s Ball.
If you need to study later that evening why not move to The Amory Study Centre (open daily until 21.30), or The Forum Library (open 24/7 with swipe card access for current Exeter students and staff).
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about our Library Study Spaces please do : good or bad, your feedback matters to us, and really has an impact on the changes we make and the services we provide.
During the January exam period the Library arranged extended opening hours for the Amory Study Centre. You told us this was an extremely welcome move, so we listened and we’ve done it again…
We are pleased to announce that this popular study space will be staying open later during the Summer exam period.
From Sunday 21st April – Sunday 2nd June the Amory Study Centre will be open daily from 8am to the new later time of midnight!
Please note this space is swipe access only so please always bring your University card with you.
Quiet room in the Amory Study Centre
If you are planning to study late at night do keep safety in mind when you leave our Libraries or study spaces. Why not check out our revision tips blog post for more ideas on working smart and looking after yourself during the revision period.
Please note there will be some restrictions on the availability of The Sanctuary as a quiet study space during the coming months. The Sanctuary is also sometimes used for external events as well as being a key venue where exams take place, so if you are planning to come and study in this space please take into account the following:
Students working in the Sanctuary
Friday 12th – Wednesday 17th April (inclusive): the Sanctuary is closed
Thursday 18th April: The Sanctuary reopens and is available as a quiet study space
Wednesday 1st May: the Sanctuary is closed for study and will be used as an examination space
If you’d been hoping to work in the Sanctuary during the exam period, don’t worry because the Library has worked hard to ensure there are lots of other, additional study spaces available for you during the revision period including the Forum Seminar Rooms which become part of the Library and accessible 24/7 from Sunday 28th April.
More information on quiet study spaces during the forthcoming exam period, as well as our revision tips, will be published here on Sunday.
We know it’s very busy in the Forum Library at the moment, that’s why we’ve added some temporary additional seating in the Balcony space on Level +1.
So please keep this area in mind if you’re looking for study space over the next few days.
If you’re still struggling to find a seat please ask Library staff for help, or why not try one of our other Library Study Spaces such as Research Commons, The Sanctuary, The Amory Study Centre or St Luke’s Library?