Answered By: Elizabeth Andrews
Last Updated: Dec 07, 2016     Views: 122

Thank you for telling us how you feel about the space issues in the Library.

It is very busy during revision and exam times but we don't plan to reintroduce the parking ticket campaign as it did not work as effectively as we hoped. It raised the issue but did not have a lasting effect on behaviour.

We are now considering a different approach and are closely monitoring the development of seat booking software. This software would allow students to reserve seats in a fair and equitable way, hopefully removing any of the discomfort connected with approaching people.

The University is also working on plans to add another 375 study spaces to the Main Library (mostly on Level 1, floor below the entry level). In addition, the Library café will be more than doubled in size to around 150 seats. Unfortunately, this project isn’t due to be completed for another 2 years.

In the meantime, there are other spaces you can go to study when the Library is too busy (you can check how full the Library is by using our online Library Counter). The Students Association have created a map of study spaces including 24 hours pc rooms and the University has just released teaching rooms for students to use from Wednesday, 7th – Thursday 15th December, 9 am – 5 pm.

Here is a list of the available rooms:

Town Centre

  • Buchanan Seminar Room 402 (capacity 18)
  • Bute Tutorial Room C26 (capacity 14)     
  • St Mary’s College Seminars Rooms 1 and 2 (capacity 16 each – access to Seminar Room 2 is through SR 1)
  • United College Seminar Room 36 (capacity 16)

North Haugh

  • Gateway Seminar Room 3 (Capacity 16)
  • Maths Tutorial Room 1B (capacity 12)
  • Maths Tutorial Room 1C (capacity 20)

We do understand it can be frustrating to see seats taken up in this way, especially at this most stressful time. We are working to find the best, most effective improvements. Please continue to tell us when you have these experiences.

All the best and good luck with your exams,

Beth Andrews

Communications Officer