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Q. It's impossible to find a seat!

Answered By: Ewan McCubbin
Last Updated: May 02, 2018     Views: 75

Thanks for your feedback.  

I'm sorry you're finding it difficult to find a study space.  The University is aware of the pressures faced by students so is planning to convert Level 1 (the existing sub-basement) of the Main Library into study spaces for students in 2020.  This area is currently used to accommodate some of our staff but is mostly occupied by our general collections store.

Both the store and staff accommodation will be relocated to the new Eden Campus at Guardbridge in early 2020 with the redevelopment of the space taking place that summer.  It will create an additional 375 study spaces for students in the Main Library.  We will also increase the size of the cafe and improve and increase toilet provision across all floors.  Longer term, there is the possibility of additional study space being created in town as existing buildings are vacated when other departments also relocate to Eden Campus.

In the meantime, we will be adding more than another 70 seats to the Main Library this summer by rearranging some collections shelving.  We are also now responsible for the Gateway lower ground study area which is open 12 hours a day 7 days a week to all students and has over 90 study spaces.  Opening hours at St Mary's College Library have been temporarily increased during the revision period and we hope to make evening opening a permanent arrangement there from September.

In addition, the University has provided additional temporary study spaces as of Monday this week.  Information about these spaces has been publicised by the Students' Association and on our blog at

We are also working with some students on plans to develop an online tool later this year that would comprehensively list all spaces within the University that are available to students, either permanently or temporarily.  This could include information such as live occupancy data and also details of other spaces in town, not necessarily owned by the University.

Ewan McCubbin

Assistant Director (Public Services & Communications)

April 2018

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