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Study centres, Hubs & Info Points

The Loft is a study centre located in Devonshire House which has 118 seats, computers and printing. 

The Loft opening hours are 08:00-21:30, and 24/7 during exam revision.

The Sanctuary is located below the Great Hall (within the Forum) and has 180 seats.

The opening hours are 08:00 - 21:30 and 24/7 during exams.

Giraffe House is located in South Cloisters and has 120 seats, computers and print.

Giraffe House is open 24/7 and access is always by using your UniCard to swipe in and out

Student Hubs and Info points have social study spaces and cafés for you to study in:

  Social study spaces Cafés
Info at Queen's   Queen's café
Info at Building One: Xfi social study space La touche café
Info at Amory: Social study space Camper coffee café
Info at Harrison Social study space Engine room café
Info at Peter Chalk: Social study space Peter Chalk café
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Types of Study Space

wide variety of study spaces and environments are available in the library sites and other key locations across campus. Choose the study environment to suit your needs, including:

  • quiet study space
  • book-able group space for collaborative work
  • silent study space for when you need to get your head down
  • social study spaces
  • AccessAbility rooms with specialist equipment and software

Check out availability of the different types of study space on the floor guides for the Forum, St Luke's and Old libraries

Where can I find it?

Tips for late night studying

  • Take regular breaks
  • Never leave valuables unattended
  • Maintain a healthy attitude and working habits
  • Short naps may be helpful (however libraries are not  appropriate places to sleep, if you’re very tired, head home to rest properly)
  • Stay safe when you leave libraries in the middle of the night, try to walk with a friend or take a taxi
  • For security concerns call Estate patrol on 01392 263999 / Penryn Estates Patrol 01326 255875

All libraries are quiet study spaces, please keep noise to a minimum. 


Where can I find it?

  • Silent study rooms are available on all 3 floors of the Forum Library
  • Top floor of St Luke's Library
  • Old Library Reading Room and Levels -1 and -2

What does this mean?

  • No conversation
  • No sound should escape from headphones
  • All drinks must have lids
  • Set mobile phones to silent 
  • Cold, unobtrusive food only (nothing hot, odorous or noisy to eat/unwrap)

Find out how to book a study space

Where can I find it?

Forum Library

  • Group study rooms on all 3 floors of the Forum Library
  • 3 bookable group study rooms on Level -1, named Group Workroom A, B and C, each with a capacity to hold 7 people
  • Bookable group work booths and tables in the open plan space next to the Law Library. Booths and tables are individually numbered from 1-13. Capacities are as follows:
    • 4 booths seating 6
    • 5 booths seating 5
    • 4 tables seating 4

St Luke’s Library

  • Library Study Rooms 1-3 on the first floor (suitable for groups of 4-5)
  • Library Student Presentation Room on the First Floor. Suitable for larger groups and equipped for practising presentations using an interactive whiteboard and video conferencing. 

Giraffe House

  • 3  group study rooms which seat 6-8

Amory Hub

  • Bookable Rooms 003A – 003E.

What does this mean?

  • Space to practise presenting or work quietly in a group
  • All drinks must have lids
  • Cold food only

Students registered with Wellbeing services may book any of the AccessAbility student rooms located in libraries. 

How to book through SID:

  • By email, phone on 0300 555 0444 or in person at SID
  • Include the time and date you wish to book
  • It is advisable to book at least one day in advance
  • Rooms can be booked for a maximum of half a day
  • Check details in confirmation email
  • Bookings are displayed room doors

Computers in these rooms have additional software including:

  • Speech recognition software – Dragon Naturally Speaking,
  • Text to voice software - Freespeech and Texthelp Read and Write Gold
  • Braille DBT Reader
  • Mind mapping software – Inspiration Pro
  • Screen Reading software – Jaws 14

What happens if someone is in one of the rooms which has been booked?

  • The day's bookings are displayed on room door to indicate when the room is in use
  • Explain that the room is booked, as indicated on door, and see SID if there are any problems

What happens if I want to use a room on the day?

  • If a room is empty, you are able to use it.
  • If a room is occupied. you may ask if the person working in the room is registered with AccessAbility. If so, they can remain. If not, explain that the room has priority use for students registered with AccessAbility, and see SID if there are any problems


AccessAbility Room details 













AccessAbility 1 Forum Library Level -1

1 adjustable seat and table

1 stationary seat and table

AccessAbility 2 Forum Library Level -1 study seats 1    
AccessAbility 3 Forum Library Level 0

1 adjustable seat table

4 stationary seats and tables

AccessAbility 4 Forum Library Level +1

1 adjustable seat and table

1 stationary seat and table

1 1 1
AccessAbility Room St Luke's Library

1 adjustable seat and table

1 stationary seat and table

2 1  


Bookable PGR Study Desks in the Old Library

Click here to find out more 


  • iExeter free space checker lists extra rooms available in all buildings
  • Forum Library, Seminar rooms 1-12; 300 additional seats
  • Old Library, Seminar room A/B; 30 additional seats
  • The Loft, 118 seats, extended opening to 24/7 for May exams
  • The Sanctuary, 180 seats, extended opening to 24/7 for May exams
  • Cross Keys, 200 seats, extended opening to 24/7 for May exams

Social study space is relaxed, for social learning in a slightly noisier environment

Where can I find it?

  • Forum Library Lounge and Balcony
  • Old Library social space
  • St Luke’s Library first floor kitchen area

What does this mean?

  • Comfortable seating
  • Food and drink permitted with vending facilities available
  • Recycle all your rubbish using the bins provided
  • Respect the space and ensure behaviour remains appropriate 
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