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National Libraries Week 2018! Find your favourite place to study

The Library at Leeds Beckett provides lots of different spaces to help you work together on group assignments, study in silence and more. Find out about our recommended places as we celebrate National Libraries Week with its theme of "My Time. My Space. My Library".
Published on 05 Oct 2018
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Group study

If you like to study in a group, or maybe you feel you work better with a bit of noise and conversation going on, then our group study areas could be for you. We have plenty of group study spaces available at both libraries with desktop plug sockets and access to the university Wi-Fi (eduroam). Work on one of our PCs, use a laptop loan or bring your own laptop or tablet. 

You can choose to work with friends or on your own as you catch up on some reading, essay planning or note taking.

students in group study area

Silent study

Do you prefer to study in silence? Then our silent study areas may be what you're looking for. There are silent study areas available in both libraries, on the first floor at Headingley and the second and third floors at City.

Recommended for that all important exam revision!

student in silent study area

Student meeting rooms

If you have a group assignment to complete then our student meeting rooms could provide the perfect location. Use the display screens to collaborate on your work or practice for a shared presentation or that perfect pitch.

Student meeting rooms are available at both libraries and can be booked online for groups of four or more students for up to two hours per day. Our Headingley Library meeting rooms have had an upgrade over the summer so now's the time to try them out.


equipment in Student Meeting Room

School practice area

One of the specialist areas available in our Library is our school practice area, located on the first floor at Headingley Library. If you are on a primary education course this shows you the range of resources available to use in school and will help you with your lesson planning. The area has a variety of different resources including story sacks, dual language texts, empathy dolls and children's fiction and non-fiction books.

Although the area is aimed at students on teaching courses, it is open to all. 

Books and other resources in the School Practice Area

Disability resource areas

The disability resource area is a room within each library which provides a silent study space for students registered with Disability Advice. The areas are open 24/7 for independent, silent study. 

This has a relaxed environment, with electrical adjustable height desks and ergonomic chairs.There are a variety of keyboards, document stands, laptop stands, books rests and day light lamps, and a range of assistive software available on the PCs. You can take a 360 degree tour of the space in Sheila Silver Library before you visit.

Photo of Disability Resource Area taken from 360 degree tour

PCs for all!

Both libraries have open access PC areas, which are available for you to use. The majority of the PC desks have additional plugs for charging your phones, laptops or tablets. There is space to spread out your notes, texts and other resources. Many of the PCs are located in the book rooms, making it easy for you to pickup extra reading if you need it.

The PCs can be found in group study areas, IT labs and silent study (Sheila Silver Library) and are available for you to use 24/7 and you can easily check which PCs are available using the PC Availability tool.

students on PCs in group study area

Study anywhere!

We know that not everyone is able to access the physical library, or it may be that you prefer to study in the comfort of your home, your local public library, a nearby cafe, or on your daily commute, so don't forget that we have over 200,000 electronic resources, including journals, databases, eBooks, newspapers and multimedia resources that you can use off-campus.

You can also get support with all your academic skills, both online and in person from your academic librarian and our Skills for Learning team.

Remember, we are here to support you with your studies! You can access the Library both online and in person 24/7, get 24/7 IT Support on 0113 812 1000 and chat with us 24/7.

Finally, as it's #Librariesweek why not join in the conversation on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and let us know your favourite place to study, or what you value about your Library. 

students studying in cafe area

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