Keeping the Library a pleasant space for studying

If you are a regular library user it won’t have escaped your notice that our study spaces have been very busy recently. Since we tend to get even more visitors around assessment periods, we’re sharing a timely reminder of what we expect from our users. You can find our Library Code of Conduct on the library website as well as on the Library Rules page of our Library Essentials LibGuide.

For now, we wanted to remind you that:

  • Noise travels very easily, so please be mindful of your conversations and be aware of how they might disturb those working in the area around you.
    • The Library is a designated place for study and while it’s a convenient place to meet people, it isn’t an area that can, or should, facilitate socialising. If you are planning to meet up with friends, the social learning space or SU bar are better options.
  • The Library is zoned to accommodate different learning preferences. You are expected to be silent in the blue silent study zones and quiet, low volume conversation is allowed in the orange group study sections. Again, please be mindful of the volume of your conversations as you enter and exit these areas.
  • No food is permitted in the Library, although lidded drinks are allowed
  • No mobile phone conversations are permitted in the Library – even if you are using headphones. Please take your calls outside of the Library in the social learning space.
  • Personal belongings should not be left unattended nor used to ‘reserve’ a particular computer or study space. Unattended belongings may be removed by library or security staff to ensure fair use of the space, but you can indicate to other users you are taking a short break by using our Study Break Passes.

We encourage users to move aside belongings without a study pass so that they can use the space, or ask noisy groups to keep the noise down. However, if you aren’t comfortable doing so, you are always welcome to report noise disturbances or unattended belongings to the Library Helpdesk.

If you have any questions about the above, please contact a member of our User Services team by emailing library@sgul.ac.uk

Filming in the Library: Thursday 18th July

This Thursday 18th July, there will be a film crew recording a promotional video in the Library between 9.30am and 5pm.

While we’ll aim to keep disruption to a minimum, please be aware that the film crew and Library staff will be setting up equipment, recording interviews and moving throughout the study spaces and computer rooms throughout the day.

Expected disruption will include the closure of some spaces/services. Please note that:

  • The smaller Silent Study section will be closed to users between 8am – 10am
  • Printers in the main computer room will be switched off and unavailable for use between 11am – 12pm

Should you not wish to appear in the photographs or recordings, please ensure you sit in an area that is away from the view of the cameras. If you have any concerns about this, please speak to a member of Library staff on the day, or email Robert Harris, the Head of Digital Services on rharris@sgul.ac.uk

New Silent and Quiet Study Spaces Now Open!

The new silent and quiet study spaces are now open! Do come and have a look and make the most of these open, bright study areas.

The whole space has been transformed by the relocation of the majority of the print journal stock, allowing us to maximise the use of the space for individual study.  The area has WiFi throughout as well as some desks with fixed data points (ethernet cables to connect your laptop directly to the network, rather than using WiFi).  Power sockets are available at over 100 desks.

There are over 200 study spaces with a mixture of fixed and adjustable seating, as well as six height adjustable desks.  Our Research Enquiries Desk is located in the Quiet Zone, staffed by a Librarian between 11am-4pm Monday-Friday.

We hope you enjoy using this space and look forward to receiving your feedback and comments.

Slideshow of images showing the transformation of the study space.

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