We offer 3 different zones in the Library so you can study or work in the way that’s best for you. You are welcome in any zone as long as you behave in the appropriate way. This means you should:
To find out more about the noise policies of the different Zones, click on a panel below.
Our Learning Zones can be found:
Learning Zones are areas where our noise policy is most relaxed. However, it is still a place of study, so you should not make noise that will disturb others using the space. Please only talk as loudly as necessary, and avoid playing media out loud from your phone, laptop or other devices.
You can also use a Learning Zone if you want to take part in an online meeting or class, with the participants' permission, as long as you use headphones. When speaking in an online meeting, please be aware of how loud you are talking, so as not to disturb others around you.
Learning Zones are perfect for:
Our Quiet Zones can be found:
Quiet Zones have a stricter noise policy than Learning Zones. In a Quiet Zone you will be expected to keep the noise to a minimum. This does not mean you cannot talk, but any conversations should be kept to a low level.
You must use headphones if you want to listen to media from your phone, laptop or other devices, and you must not talk on your phone or take part in online meetings or classes in Quiet Zones if you will be expected to speak.
As others working in a Quiet Zone will be expecting a calmer environment, Library staff will be more active in monitoring the noise levels in Quiet Zones. Please don't be offended if you are asked to keep it down: we realise it is sometimes difficult to gauge what is or isn't likely to disturb others. We may advise you to move to a Learning Zone (or a Silent Zone) if we think that this is more appropriate for you.
Quiet Zones are perfect for:
Our Silent Zones can be found:
Silent Zones are for silent study only. You must not talk when working in a Silent Zone, including if you are just browsing the shelves. If you wish to use media on your phone, laptop or other device, you must use headphones and ensure any extra noise from your headphones does not disturb others. Please do not eat noisy foods or rustle noisy packaging in Silent Zones.
Library Staff will be very active in monitoring the noise in Silent Zones. Please respect others' wish to work in silence and move to a Quiet Zone or a Learning Zone if you need to talk.
Silent Zones are perfect for:
Most of the spaces and seats in the Library are available on a first come, first served basis and do not require advance booking. We have group study spaces, which you can book up to two weeks in advance, or when you arrive in the Library if they're available.
Our Book a Study Space page guides you through the booking process. You can also see examples of the spaces available and read our full terms and conditions for this service.