Library Study Spaces
You no longer need to book a library study space in advance and can use the library in accordance with the Staying Safe on Campus guidance which includes:
- Wear a face-covering and give everyone plenty of space when moving around campus and in busy communal areas (i.e. catering outlets and corridors).
- Clean workspaces before and after use, including the keyboard and mouse in PC areas, following the ‘It only takes a minute’ guidance.
You will need to check-in by scanning the QR code on your arrival
You must use your campus ID card to enter the library. If you have not received your card yet, or need to arrange for a replacement card, please contact the library team on Library Assist.
The library is at the heart of the University campus and is a place to meet, collaborate, study and get support. We know that everybody has their own study preferences and may rely on different types of environments depending on the activity they are undertaking. At the library we aim to provide a range of study environments available to all students so that you can get the most out of your study time.
Social Study Zone
For those who want a vibrant social learning setting, enjoy the background chatter whilst you work, and somewhere suitable to meet up to collaborate, the Social Study Zones will be ideal for you.
Quiet Study Zone
If you need a calmer environment with fewer distractions, the Quiet Study Zones may be a good option for you. You can use this space to sit with friends, but we would expect you to be working mostly independently and to keep conversations to a low level so as not to disturb others. You should not expect silence in this space, and low-level conversation is ok. The library team would be happy to respond to any suggestions that the area is getting too loud or disruptive
Silent Study Zone
If you want to study solo, with minimal visual and audible distractions, you should make use of the Silent Study Zones. If you are using these areas, you should be working independently and silently. These spaces are more regularly patrolled by library staff and you will be asked to leave if you are not following the zone rules.
Bookable Library Study Spaces
Individual study Room
At Harrison and Walsall Library you be able to book an individual study room for up to 4 hours at a time. These spaces are ideal if you want minimal distractions and prefer to work in a more closed off private environment.
Group Study Room
If you need to work collaboratively and are likely to get group discussions, or perhaps you have a group presentation to rehearse, our group study rooms are available to book for these purposes. Group study spaces can be booked for up to 2 hours.
Note: The maximum capacity of our Group Rooms has been reduced and we encourage you to wear face coverings when in these enclosed areas.
Covid informed study spaces
If you have been studying with us throughout the pandemic and have got used to socially distanced, independently study environments, we have kept some study spaces available for you to book that will continue to offer this type of study space.
How to book a space?
We have a new booking system called LibCal, which you can use to reserve any of our bookable spaces.
One of the main complaints we received on the old system was that lack of availability of the spaces as a result of students booking spaces but not showing up. To improve this and keep rooms in circulation if they are not being used, we will ask you to ‘check in’ to the room when you arrive by scanning a QR code or clicking the link on your confirmation email within the first 30 minutes of your booking slot. If this is not done, we will assume you have not arrived for your time slot and it will be made available for other students to book.
Alternatively, you can find a link to the booking system in MyWLV app or scan the QR codes located on the outside of all the bookable spaces in the library.
Library Space booking Policy
The bookable library space policy applies to all bookable spaces within the library so please familiarise yourself with these rules before making a booking.