Study spaces in the Library

There are a variety of silent, individual study spaces available for you to book in advance in the Iris de Freitas Room and on Levels E & F of the Hugh Owen Library. 

Iris de Freitas room

Study spaces in Iris de Freitas

The Iris de Freitas Room currently provides access to:

  • 25 individual study spaces
  • 9 individual study spaces with PCs
  • 1 printers/photocopiers/scanner
  • Water refill station
  • 5 individual study rooms with computer 


Access to the Iris de Freitas Room is strictly via the booking system.

There is a separate booking system for the 5 individual study rooms available here These rooms are available for quiet individual study and cannot be used by groups, even if they are from one household. These rooms can be used by an individual needing to take part in online meetings and teaching activities.

You will need to bring your Aber Card with you to use the study spaces

Levels E & F 

Study spaces in Level E & F

We currently have the following spaces available on Levels E & F of the Hugh Owen Library:

  • Hugh Owen Level E study spaces (x 28)
  • Hugh Owen Level E PC spaces (x 12)
  • Hugh Owen Level E Single Study spaces (x 2)
  • Hugh Owen Level F study spaces (x 35)
  • Hugh Owen Level F PC spaces (x 14)
  • Hugh Owen Level F Single Study spaces (no PC x 6)
  • Hugh Owen Level F Single Study spaces (PC x 13)


Spaces are available between 8.30am and 5.15pm. The Iris de Freitas Room is open later. If you can't find a time that suits you, please get in touch 

Access to Levels E and F is strictly via the booking system. Please select the study space you wish to book from the drop-down list

You will need to bring your Aber Card with you to use the study spaces

How to get to the Study Spaces

Booking and safety

  • You can book slots of 2 hours and 45 minutes every day
  • Spaces can be booked up to 1 week in advance
  • You can book either a study space with a computer or a study desk
  • You can only book one space per slot
  • You will need your Aber Card to access the room
  • Users should only visit the library during their booked time slot. Please do not turn up for your study space booking slot before your start time as people will be exiting the building before this time
  • All users should sanitise their hands before entering the rooms. There will be hand sanitising stations at entrances
  • All users should observe the 2-metre social distancing rule
  • Users should not use spaces that have been marked as unavailable
  • All users must use their Aber Card to swipe to enter and exit the library
  • All users must follow the one-way system
  • Face coverings must be worn in all University buildings
  • The numbers of users in the rooms at any one time is strictly limited
  • Staff and visitors to the space will be following recommended hygiene practises
  • Do not come to the library if you are unwell. The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
    • new continuous cough;
    • high temperature;
    • loss of or change to your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia)



    • The entrance to study spaces on level E and F of the Hugh Owen Library is via the side/rear door. The access is level. The door open automatically.
    • An adjustable desk with PC is available
    • Adjustable lighting is available in the individual study rooms
    • The Fire Alarms are both the Klaxon and bell types. Deaf alerters are avialable from Library staff
    • Please contact Student Support Services and Health, Safety and Environment Office to arrange a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) if relevant.
    • Accessible toilet facilities are available

    If you would like a guided tour of the facilities, or to discuss any specific requirements you have, please contact us.

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