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Book a Study Space

About this service

The majority of the spaces and seats in the Library are available on a first come, first served basis and do not require advance booking. However we have a number of bookable individual and group study spaces, which you can book up to two weeks in advance, or when you arrive in the Library if they're available. 

How to Book

Bookings are made on a first come, first served basis. You may book up to two weeks in advance.

  1. Choose one of the study space options from the links on this page
  2. The page will display today's bookings. If you wish to book for another date, choose this by using the "Go to date" button, or by navigating using the arrow buttons
  3. Click the time you would like your booking to start
  4. Select the end time for your booking from the drop-down menu that appears underneath
  5. The system will give you the maximum booking (6 hours or the next booking, whichever is earlier). If you do not need this amount of time, please help others by only booking what you need

  6. Click 'Submit times'
  7. You will be taken to a page with your booking details and the terms and conditions of the Book a Study Space service. Click 'Continue' to accept the terms and conditions
  8. Fill in the form on the next page with your full name and your Newman email address
  9. Click 'Submit my booking'. You will receive an email with the booking details and a booking reference
  10. Come to the Library at your booked time and settle down to work!

Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions should be read alongside the Library's general policies and regulations.

You must follow the terms and conditions below if you want to use the Book a Study Space service:

  1. Book a Study Space is available only when the Library is open.
  2. You can book for a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of 6 hours (3 hours for pods and presentation booths). Please only book the space for the time you need, so other students can access our study spaces.

Frequently Asked Questions

Of course! During staffed hours, you can come to the Service Desk on level 1 or contact us by phone or email if you are not on campus. We will be happy to help you book a space.

Outside of staffed hours, you will only be able to use the self-service booking system.

Yes! During your visit you can leave your seat, and make use of all of the Library's facilities. However, you should still take care of your personal belongings. Do not leave valuables unattended, and if you are going to be away for longer than a few minutes, we recommend that you take all of your belongings with you.

If you find someone sat in your booked seat, it is most likely that they did not know that it was bookable, or may be at the end of their booking and are trying to get a bit more work done before the next person comes along.

In these circumstances, you can approach them and politely request to move out of the space so you can use it. However, before you do this, it is worth double checking the time and space that you have booked, just to make sure you haven't made a mistake.

If you don't feel comfortable doing this, or there you encounter any issues, then you can ask a member of staff to help you during staffed hours.

You will need to observe the following rules if you want to use video conferencing apps in the Library:

  1. If you will be speaking, you must use level 1 of the Library only
  2. You must bring and use your own headphones for the session
  3. Respect the privacy of other people in your meeting and in the Library when you use a camera or microphone
  4. Be aware of the volume of your voice and talk as quietly as possible
  5. Mute your microphone (and camera, if reasonable) when you are not actively taking part.

We may ask you to stop using video conferencing apps or move to a different area if it is causing a disturbance to other Library users.

Yes! You do not need to book a space for group study unless you wish to use a group study pod or booth, in which case it is strongly recommended that you use the Book a Study Space service to book in advance. Bookings can be made up to two weeks in advance.

Please respect the noise policies of the study zone you are in when you are working in a group. This means, in Quiet Zones, you keep voices to a minimum. No group work is allowed in our Silent Zones.


For the most up to date COVID-19 related changes, check our COVID-19 webpage.

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