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Penryn Campus Library Study Spaces and Space Checker

Find out about the types of library study space and check their availability. 

Book a group study space

Book a room online here.

Use the how to book a study space guide if you need help.

Types of Study Space

wide variety of study spaces and environments are available in the library sites and other key locations across campus.

You can choose the study environment that best suits your needs, including:

  • quiet study space for day to day study
  • bookable group space where you can work collaboratively
  • silent study space for when you need to get your head down
  • breakout space for informal social learning
  • AccessAbility rooms with specialist equipment and software

Where can I find it?

What does this mean?

  • Take regular breaks
  • Do not leave valuables unattended
  • If you are working through the night please be sensible and maintain a healthy attitude and working habits

  • Short power naps are helpful but the Library is not a healthy or appropriate space to sleep; if you’re very tired please head home to rest properly

  • Stay safe: if you leave the Library in the middle of the night try to walk with a friend or take a taxi

  • If you have any security concerns overnight call Estate patrol on 01392 263999 / Penryn Estates Patrol 01326 255875

Where can I find it?

What does this mean?

  • Keep conversations short and quiet
  • Use head phones, no noise should come from your computer or mobile device
  • All drinks must have lids
  • Cold food only 

Where can I find it?

  • All 3 floors of the Forum Library 
  • Old Library Main Reading Room and levels -1 and -2
  • Two silent study rooms on Level 2 of the Penryn Campus Library 

‚ÄčWhat 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 1, 2 and 3, 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

  • Pods on the gallery 
  • Bookable Library Study Rooms 1-3 on the first floor (suitable for groups of 4-5)
  • Bookable 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 bookable group study rooms which seat 6-8

Amory Study Centre

  • Bookable Rooms 003A – 003E: Please be aware that these group study rooms are not currently available due to Hub Building works and will be available again in late September.

Forum Student Services Centre

  • Interview Rooms

Penryn Campus Library

  • Level 1 
  • Four bookable rooms

What does this mean?

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

These rooms are bookable by students registered with AccessAbility. They need to be booked at least one day in advance and no longer than one week in advance.  They can be reserved for a maximum of half a day.  

Book via SID:

  • By email (including the time and date you wish to book) to sid@exeter.ac.uk
  • By phone (have ready the time and date you wish to book) on 0300 555 0444
  • In person at SID

The computers have a variety of useful software such as:

  • 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 I have booked?

  • Please explain that the room is booked (as indicated on the door sign).  If there are any problems, inform SID.

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

  • These are available on first come first served basis. 
  • Please check the room. If it is empty, you are able to use it.
  • If it is occupied. ask whether 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. 

 

AccessAbility Room details 

Room

Name

 

Location

Study

Seats

 

Computers

 

Scanner

Braille

Printer

AccessAbility 1 Forum Library Level -1

1 adjustable seat and table

1 stationary seat and table

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

1 adjustable seat table

4 stationary seats and tables

3    
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  

 

Breakout spaces are more relaxed areas intended for social learning or taking a break.

Where can I find it?

  • Forum Library Lounge and Balcony
  • Old Library Breakout 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 

Bookable PGR Study Desks in Research Commons

What are they?

36 large desks, which can be booked by Postgraduate Research Students from any college

Where are they?

 Reading Room, Old Library Building, a silent study area

When are they available?

During Old Library opening hours

How do I book?

Book online:  https://roombookings.exeter.ac.uk/pgr2017wrb/Book.aspx

Please be aware that your booking will show on the display screen at the entrance of the Old Library building including your full name.

How long may I book for?

Desks can be booked from 1 day or up to 13 weeks, depending upon availability

How can I tell what is already booked?

The online system will tell you what's available, also the display screen as you enter the Old Library building lists all the study desks and shows any bookings for that day.

During the examination period, additional seats and extended opening hours are provided.

Exam revision - Additional seats, spaces and extended opening hours 

Forum Library, seminar rooms 1-12

330 additional seats

Forum Library Media Room 

24 spaces

Forum Law Library 22 spaces

Old Library, seminar rooms A and B

24 additional seats 

Old Library, seminar room C 12 additional seats (from 5 May)

The Loft study centre 

118 seats, extended opening 24/7

Giraffe House Study Centre, St Luke's campus

120 seats, extended opening 24/7

X-Keys, St Luke's campus

150 spaces, extended opening SAT & SUN 09:00-16:00

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Study centres

The four main study centres on the Exeter campuses are:

  • Amory Study Centre
  • The Loft
  • The Sanctuary
  • Giraffe House

The centres do not hold print library collections but provide study spaces, PCs, wifi and print and copy facilities.  See the tabs above for details of locations and a 'look and feel' of these spaces.   

Temporarily reduced to 90 study seats

We are creating an exciting new space in Amory which will include a café, new study spaces and Information Point. Whilst this construction work takes place, study space within Amory will be affected, but you will be able to access the 90 seater quiet study space - access externally

 

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