Study Zones

Clean and Quiet - studying in the Library

Help make the Library a good place to work in by keeping it clean and quiet.

  • Tidy up after yourself - use the recycling bins and avoid leaving litter on the tables or stairs.
  • If you want to talk or use your phone, please go to a group study area - let your fellow students study in peace.
  • Don't leave trailing cables in case others trip over them.
  • Space is at a premium - please don't 'reserve' tables, study rooms or PCs by leaving your belongings there.
  • Please make yourself aware of the Information Services Food and Drink Policy

Too noisy to study in the Hugh Owen Library?

If someone is disturbing your study by making a noise, or chatting with their neighbour let us know by coming to an Enquiry Desk or text us and a member of staff will patrol the area as soon as they can. Please let us know via the Noise Alert Service. The service is available during term times between 9am-10pm. We will not text back unless we need to clarify your location. We do not retain texters' contact details / phone numbers.

Hugh Owen Library     text 07966624251*

Level F (top floor) and the main area on Level E (middle floor), Hugh Owen Library are designated silent study areas.  You can text 07966624251* with the following details:

  • Your location e.g. “on Level F next to HD books” or “Level E by the windows” or “in the Tom Lloyd Computer Suite”
  • Brief details of the problem

If you want to work quietly in a group you can book one of the Group Study Rooms or go the Quiet Group Study Area, Iris De Freitas Room, Level E, Hugh Owen Library or book one of the individual study carrels.

  • Please be aware that noise (including phone calls) made on the stairwells can disrupt students working quietly. Phone calls can be taken on Level D (ground floor) Hugh Owen Library. 
  • Our aim is to work with our readers to provide a comfortable and quiet environment to study in. If you are unwilling to comply with these guidelines you will be asked to move to another floor in the library where some noise is acceptable and if the problem persists you may be asked to leave the library.
  • Please note - The Noise Alert Service is only available during the academic term.
  • * You will be charged at your provider’s rate for sending the text.

Library zoning

Hugh Owen Library: Level F (top floor); main area Level E (middle floor) including EL6 Computer Room are silent study areas.

The Physical Sciences Library is a silent study area except where indicated.

  • Phones must be set to silent.
  • Work silently at all times including when using laptops and computers.
  • Ensure any personal listening equipment is inaudible to those nearby.

Hugh Owen Library: Level E Iris De Freitas Room and Level D (ground floor) are quiet group study areas

Physical Sciences Library: a quiet group study area is set up at the far end of the ground floor of the library where indicated by screens.

  • Use the bins provided for your rubbish - don't leave it on the tables or on the floors
  • Use phones quietly.