learning spaces

Find a place to study

  • We are keeping study spaces under review and will open as many safe spaces across the University as possible.
  • Spaces, access routes and signage are all arranged for 2-metre social distancing.
  • The spaces listed on this page are all intended for individual study, as well as for participation in online learning activities such as seminars.
  • We will continue to update this web page as additional spaces are released.

Library Learning Spaces

There are over 400 bookable learning spaces available in the Information Commons and Western Bank Library. These spaces are currently available in slots of up to 3 hours (Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm). Book a Library Learning Space.

Please see our Library Update for the latest information.

Buildings Rooms PC Spaces Bookable Spaces Drop-in Spaces
Information Commons Levels 1,2,3,4 Yes Yes No
Western Bank Library Reading Room No Yes No

If you are actively participating in an online seminar, you may wish to consider booking a space on level 4 in the Information Commons. Level 4 is our Connect4Learning Zone, an area where you may feel more comfortable if you are participating in seminars or other online learning activities.

Spaces with assistive technology are available in the Information Commons. If you have any questions about assistive spaces, please email lib-inclusivelearning@sheffield.ac.uk


General Study Spaces

You can also book space to study in a University teaching room. A number of spaces are available across campus (Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4:30pm). Book a General Study Space.

Buildings Rooms PC Spaces Bookable Spaces Drop-in Spaces
Bartolome House ALG4 Yes Yes No
Firth Court B56 Yes Yes No
Geography Building B4 Yes Yes No
Hadfield Building E61 Yes Yes No
Hicks Building G25, G29 Yes Yes No
Sir Frederick Mappin Building F110 Yes Yes No


Students’ Union Spaces

In addition to libraries and teaching rooms, the Students' Union is offering a selection of alternative drop-in spaces for study.

Buildings Rooms PC Spaces Bookable Spaces Drop-in Spaces
Students' Union Activities & Sports Zone / Garden View Terrace, Level 3 No  No Yes
Students' Union Uni Central, Level 4 No No Yes
Students' Union INOX & Discovery Rooms, Level 5 No  No Yes

Uni Central - study spaces are currently available Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm. In these spaces, you can order food and soft drinks from Coffee Revolution and Bar One directly to your table.

INOX and Discovery Rooms - study spaces are available Monday to Thursday: 9am to 10pm and Friday - Sunday: 9am to 6pm. There are 64 single occupancy study tables. Each table has its own power socket for charging your laptop/phone. Face coverings must be worn at all times in the venue. Please check in via the front entrance in to INOX. You will also be asked to check in to the NHS test and trace app on arrival.


Study Spaces in your Department

In addition to study spaces in teaching rooms, departments may have local spaces, which will be communicated to you directly by your department.


Accommodation Spaces - there are various social & study spaces available for you to use in accommodation, either individually or with your flatmates. For the latest details, please visit the Accommodation Update page. Please note, these spaces are for the use of University accommodation residents only.