learning spaces

Find a place to study

On campus study spaces and research facilities remain open for those who need to use them.

You should only come to campus if it is essential, for example if you do not have a study space or access to necessary IT equipment at home.

You are expected to wear a face covering, unless you are exempt, and maintain social distancing rules at all times in any University indoor space.

  • 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

On 24 February, the Information Commons will open at 10.30am.

On Wednesday 24 February, pre-booked learning spaces in the Information Commons will be available from the later time of 10:30am.
This is due to essential electrical maintenance work that is scheduled to take place that morning in the building and on campus. Western Bank Library will be unaffected.

There are over 400 bookable learning spaces available in the Information Commons and Western Bank Library. 

Access to the Western Bank Library is currently available in bookable slots of up to 3 hours (Monday-Friday, 9.30am-4.30pm).

Access to the Information Commons is currently available at the following times:

  • Monday - Thursday: 9am - 1pm, 1.30pm - 5pm, 5.30pm - 9.30pm.
  • Friday: 9am - 1pm, 1.30pm - 5pm
  • Weekends: 11am - 2pm, 2.30pm - 6pm

Book a Library Learning Space.

A PDF map of Library Learning Spaces within the Information Commons can be downloaded here.

Please see our Library Update for the latest information.

If you choose to study on campus, please be reminded that face coverings must be worn at all times within library sites, even while seated.

Regular monitoring is undertaken throughout library spaces to ensure compliance and provide a safe working environment for our student community.

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, 9.00am - 5.00pm).
Book a General Study Space.

Buildings Rooms PC Spaces Bookable Spaces Drop-in Spaces
Bartolome House ALG4 Yes Yes No
The Diamond Computer Room 1, 2 & 4 Yes Yes No
Hadfield Building E61 Yes Yes No
Hicks Building D17, G25, G29, G39a Yes Yes No
Sir Frederick Mappin Building F110 Yes Yes No


Students’ Union Spaces

In addition to libraries and teaching rooms, study spaces are available in INOX & Discovery Rooms, situated on Level 5 of the Students Union.

Buildings Rooms PC Spaces Bookable Spaces Drop-in Spaces
Students' Union INOX & Discovery Rooms, Level 5 & Uni Central No  No Yes

INOX and Discovery Rooms - study spaces are available 7 days a week from 9am until 6pm each day.

Access and egress is via the West Entrance of the SU Building only, as the main SU Building is still closed.

Please note, a small number of spaces in Uni Central do not have power, so we recommend you ensure your devices are fully charged before attending. 


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 spaces available for you to use within accommodation individually. For the latest details, please visit the Accommodation Update page. Please note, these spaces are for the use of University accommodation residents only.