Answered By: Sharon Nangle
Last Updated: Aug 25, 2015     Views: 61

Thank you for completing a "You said, We did" card recently.  I'm sorry to hear that you were unable to find a study space in the silent study floors as desks were occupied with "stuff" rather than people.  We discourage Library users from "reserving" study spaces in this way, but at present we have no policy on how we deal with the issue.  In the past we have asked Library users what the Library should do about this issue, and we've found that there's a fairly even split between those who want Library staff to remove belongings when it's clear they have been left for a long period of time, and those who think the Library should not intervene, with the view that if someone arrives early and gets a desk, they should be able to keep the desk for the day.  With such an even split, it's very difficult for the Library to enforce a policy either way.

We're looking into this issue to see what steps we can take the improve the situation.  We very much welcome suggestions from Library users about what they would like to see happen - for example should belongings be removed and places in a secure area, or left nearby?  How long would a desk need to be unoccupied before belongings were removed, etc.

If you are struggling to find a study space, the Student Union has created a list of alternative study spaces - you'll find more information on their webpages

Thank you for taking the time to let us know your views on this issue.


Sharon Nangle

Academic Liaison Librarian

May 2015 

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