Study spaces

Find a place to study around the University.


Library study spaces

Learning spaces are available at Western Bank Library, Information Commons, Health Sciences Library, Royal Hallamshire Hospital and the Diamond. All library sites have a mix of bookable and walk-in learning spaces, including silent study areas, spaces with or without a PC, group rooms and more communal spaces.

Assessment period study space

If you want to find more information on the extra spaces available during the assessment period, visit our dedicated Assessment period spaces page. 

Please see our Library buildings page for current opening times, and our Library news for the latest information.

Bookable spaces

All library buildings offer a number of spaces that are bookable up to 48 hours in advance. These are a mix of general study spaces and spaces with managed PCs. Group rooms are also available for booking.

Book a space

For further information please see our FAQs.

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.

Library site Bookable study spaces and locations Total number of spaces
Information Commons Level 2 silent study (desks)
Level 3 silent study (PCs)
Level 4 PCs (near the doors to Levels 5 and 6)
Western Bank Library Level 6 balcony area (desks) 104 (52 each side)
Health Sciences Library  Silent study
5 PCs (at the back, right-hand side of the library)
The Diamond

Group Rooms on Levels 3 and 4
18 spaces in room 4.02
18 spaces in room 4.26

11 group rooms

36 individual spaces

Group rooms

Group rooms are also available for booking. These spaces are designed for collaborative group work and not individual study. You can select your capacity options on the form to ensure that you have enough space to study. 

Booking a group room

Assistive study spaces

Assistive spaces and spaces with assistive technology are available at all libraries. If you have any questions about assistive spaces, please email

General study spaces

All general study spaces are walk-in access only. You can check the availability of University desktop PCs in one of our open access rooms on campus.

Find a PC

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 study and social spaces available for you to use within the student accommodation residences. For the latest details, please visit the Accommodation Study and social spaces page. Please note, these spaces are for the use of University accommodation residents only.

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