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New study spaces open in the Main Library 

The University has responded to students’ requests for more study spaces by adding 358 new desks to the Main Library over the summer. 

Photo of Alec Edgecliffe-Johnson (EUSA President) and Bryan MacGregor (Director of User Services Division) officially opening the new spaces.
Alec Edgecliffe-Johnson (EUSA President) and Bryan MacGregor (Director of User Services Division) officially open the new spaces on the Lower Ground Floor.

Finding a desk to work at is of vital importance to students, especially during essay deadline and exam revision periods. In response to this, the Main Library has undergone redevelopment in recent months to allow for more study space. 

The most significant change has been the conversion of staff offices on the Lower Ground Floor to a space for students. This space hosts a mix of group study rooms, computers, and desks equipped with both USB and plug charging. These changes have already been a great success with students, as have the new desks added on the other floors, which have also been upgraded to feature both plug and USB charging. Though some of the collections have been moved around to accommodate these changes, it is now easier than ever for students to find books: the DiscoverEd catalogue now features maps that pinpoint the location of resources. 

These changes have been welcomed by Edinburgh University Students’ Association, whose President, Alec Edgecliffe-Johnson, officially opened the space on October 17, alongside Bryan MacGregor, Director of User Services Division.

This redevelopment contributes to the continuing redevelopment of the Main Library, which aims to work with students to improve their experience.