Looking for study space?

We’re already half way through the second week of exams and as always at this time of year the Main Library is often full to bursting. So what can you do if you’re struggling to find a space to study?

5th Floor Study Area, Main Library, December 2008.

1) There is extra study space in the Main Library that you may not be aware of.

On the first floor the meeting rooms 1.07, 1.09 and 1.11 have been opened up for study space. These are available during full library opening hours and are available until 20th May 2016.

On the 6th floor the Centre for Research Collections (CRC) are also allowing students to use their research suite (12 seats) for study space. Access is only available during CRC opening hours (Mon-Weds 9am-7pm, Thurs-Fri 9am-5pm. No access at weekends.) Ask at the CRC enquiry desk on the 6th floor to get access. Again this study space is available until 20th May 2016. Continue reading

SPS Librarian Top 5 blog posts 2014 – no. 3

As exams are almost over and semester one nears its end we are reposting our Top 5 blog posts from this year, every day in the final week of semester.

At number 3, a post on Study space during exams which was published at the start of the exam period in semester 2, 2013-14. An updated version of this for the current exam period (semester 1, 2014-15) can be found on the main Library Blog.

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Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science

Study space during exams

Main Library studyNeed help finding study space?

In order to help ease pressure on study spaces in the Main Library during the exam period, Information Services (IS), EUSA and the University central room bookings team have worked together to identify alternative study spaces in the Central Area.

The map includes information on how far each alternative study space is from the Main Library and also information on opening hours, what kind of study space is available, if pcs and/or cloud printing is available, etc. These spaces are all available from 21 April-9 May 2014, with access to the libraries and open access computing labs mentioned available outwith this period as well.

*The extra study space in the David Hume Tower (DHT) is being opened on weekend of Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May, 9am-9pm. See map for room details.*

You can access the map at http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/information-services/students/study-space

The map is also on display in the concourse of the Main Library as you come through the entrance gates (next to the plasma screen).

Outwith the central area there are other site libraries with study space available.  You can find a full list of site libraries at http://www.ed.ac.uk/is/library-locations

Remember there is a free shuttle bus service that runs between the Central Area and King’s Buildings (KB) campus during semester Mon-Fri 8.18am-6.25pm. Shuttle bus timetable: http://www.ed.ac.uk/staff-students/students/shuttlebus

The Main Library is open as always 7.30am-2.30am seven days a week and during revision and exam periods there are restrictions placed on external reference/consultation users access to the building during the day, to ensure that optimal study space is available to University of Edinburgh students.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for Social and Political Science.