Information Commons

Find site-specific resources and information to help you plan your visit to the Information Commons (IC).

An image of the inside of the Information Commons, comprising multiple levels of the building, with students studying

Opening hours

Open 24/7 (self-service Monday - Friday, 5pm - 9am)

Self-service only on weekends. Please note that library staff are available at Western Bank Library on Saturday & Sunday, between 12pm - 6pm.

Contact us

University of Sheffield
44 Leavygreave Rd
S3 7RD

Enquiries: +44 114 2227200

Directions: via Google maps

Planning your visit

To discover more about our library spaces and services you can view our interactive maps.

View interactive maps here

Book a study space

Site Occupancy 

Access and evacuation

Find a PC

Site-specific resources

Research skills and critical thinking workshops

Get IT help (Student / staff login required)

Find information on the IC Café

The Garden Room

Your place of relaxation and calm.

The Garden Room is a space for student wellbeing and relaxation; it is situated on the Ground floor of the Information Commons.

The Garden Room offers students a comfortable, relaxing break from their studies and also serves to encourage students to take regular study breaks.

We have worked closely with students and taken their suggestions and feedback to inform the furniture choices, resources and layout of the room.

It is hoped that providing a calming environment will contribute towards greater student wellbeing and lower levels of stress and anxiety amongst those who use it, especially during assessment periods.

The space holds a number of books for recreational usage, to encourage students to read for pleasure, rather than just for study purposes and we are hoping that students will relax and take some time out from using their electronic devices.

We are a student group that wanted to and felt the need for a wellbeing focused area where students could really relax in our University.

After a fair bit of research we worked with the library to help create this space through planning and purchasing some of the resources - such as the chairs, books, zines, pictures and plants.

We hope The Garden Room will be the perfect spot for you to relax, be positive, improve your mood and dream big!

Information Commons directory

Service Floor/s
Assistive Technology Suite 1
Book Issue 0–4
Book Return 0
Books 2–4
  • 000 - 359
  • 360 - 629
  • 630 - 999
  • Oversize
Cafe 0
Computer Room 3 3
Computer Room 4 4
Concierge desk 0
Digital Commons (Room 1.20) 1
Exhibition Space 1
(The) Garden Room 0
Information Desk 0
Lift (Levels 1 to 4) 1–4
Lift (Levels 5 to 6) 5–6
Prayer Rooms (Male and Female) 4
Printers 1–4, 6
Quiet Study 5
Recycle bins 0–6
Request Pickup 0
Scanners 1
Shower 1
Silent study 2, 3, 6
Silent study with PCs 3, 6
Toilets  (Male and female) and Accessible WCs 0 - 6
Toilets (Unisex) 1–3
Water fountains 0–6
Wudu facilities 4


Library information

Customers with additional support requirements (inclusive learning)

Read about the history of the IC

Ask a question


Phone: +44 114 222 7200

Four students laughing while sat at a bench, outside the Students' Union

International Merit Scholarships

We offer a generous package of financial support for international students including 75 undergraduate scholarships worth £10,000 towards the annual tuition fee and 125 postgraduate taught scholarships worth £5,000 towards the tuition fee. Applications are now open for existing offer holders.