Information Services

Library study space

There is a wide variety of study space available for students in all of the University’s libraries. Students are free to use any site library regardless of their discipline. Available study space in libraries across campus is described on this page.

Library Study

Before you arrive at the library, or any study spaces you must download the SeatEd app.

From the 30 August 2021 study space will return to a walk up service across the campus with the exception of a small number of bookable study spaces on the 3rd and 5th floors of the Main Library in George Square. This means that you will no longer need to book study space unless you wish to.

To facilitate the re-opening of all study spaces we have put some measures in place to keep our students safe. All desks will be assigned with a unique QR code and you must check in and check-out of the desk by scanning the QR code. This is for the purpose of NHS Test & Protect - Scotland’s way of putting into practice the test, trace, isolate, support strategy - and is not a study space booking.

You can find out how to download the SeatEd App and see a list of all available on-campus study space on our Information Services website

Main Library

Quiet and silent study space

  • Floors 1 - 4 and the Lower Ground Floor of the Main Library are designated quiet study. 
  • Floor 5 of the Main Library is a silent study area and pre-booking of seats is required. Please note this area has no PCs, however, there are floor points where laptops can be connected.

Bookable Study Space

In the Main Library there are 65 bookable spaces available to PG Students only, in the Red zone on the 5th Floor, and 104 bookable spaces available to all Students in the Blue zone on the 5th Floor; plus an additional 62 spaces bookable by all students in the Yellow zone on the 3rd Floor. 

Pre-booking is via the SeatEd app or online form.

Group study space

Study Pods

Study pods are available for group study in the Main Library. Pods are designed for groups to meet and discuss their ideas and to work on presentations. The pods are equipped with a PC, plasma screen, headphone sockets and a whiteboard.

Pods can't be booked - they are available on a first come, first served basis and should only be used by groups of 3.

There are 30 Main Library group study pods:

  • 18 on the Ground Floor 
  • 12 on Floor 1
Group study rooms

There are 7 group study rooms on the Lower Ground Floor which can be booked online via MyEd. The rooms are for groups of up to 4 or 6 students depending on the room and are equipped with a PC, screen and whiteboard.

Booking study rooms via MyEd

Study space with computers

The Main Library provides 616 computers for study. This includes Quick Use PCs available for 15 minute sessions on the ground floor and 28 PCs located in the Library Café. A plasma screen on the ground floor of the Main Library displays real time PC availability on each floor. You can also check this online.

Accessible study

There are 15 accessible study rooms on Floor 1 of the Main Library. Access to rooms with assistive technology should be arranged with the Student Disability Service.

Postgraduate study

There is a dedicated area for Postgraduate study on Floor 5 of the Main Library, in the Red zone, with 65 seats that must be per-booked via the SeatEd app or online form.

Floor 5 of the Main Library is a designated silent area. Please note there are no PCs but laptops and tablets may be used.

Edinburgh College of Art Library

Library study space

ECA Library has a total of 57 permanent study spaces at desks and tables and informal, soft seating for a further 32 people.

Study space with computers

There are 11 open access Windows PCs in the library: 9 on the ground floor (Level 0) and 2 near the library entrance on the 1st floor (Level 1).

Group study

There are no facilities for group study.

Quiet and silent study

The ground floor of the library is designated for silent study: this comprises 45 study spaces and 15 easy chairs for informal study.  Quiet study space can be found at the rear of the 1st floor.

Accessible study space

There is an accessible PC workstation with adjustable height desk and assistive software on the 1st floor of the library, opposite the Helpdesk.  There is also an adjustable height desk at the rear of the 1st floor.

Access restrictions

Please note there is restricted access to the building after 4.45pm weekdays and all day at weekends; please see the ECA Library webpage for more details:

Art & Architecture Libary

The Art and Architecture Library is located on the ground and lower ground floors of Minto House, Chambers Street

Library Study Space

There are 9 study desks (not inclusing PCs) There is wireless access throughout.

Study space with computers

There are 5 open access PCs and 1 Xerox Colour MFP (photocopy/print/scan)

Quiet and Silent Study

The whole Library  is designated as individual, silent study.

Art and Architecture opening times, access and guides

Art and Architecture Library virtual orientation

Lady Smith of Kelvin Veterinary Library

Quiet and silent study

The library is a quiet study space with 60 study spaces, most of which have power sockets and 10 soft seating chairs for informal study.

There is also dedicated silent study space adjacent to the Library which offers 32 study spaces and 10 workstations with PCs. 

Study space with computers

There are 6 open access computers and 1 standing quick use computer in the Library. 

The printing/photocopying/scanning facilities are available in the Library and in the Study Landscape. 

Accessible study space

There is an adjustable height desk with an accessible PC with assistive technology located by the tutorial room 1.46. 

The standing height desk is located by the window in the far corner of the Library. 

Information on accessible study space

Assistive technology 

 

Law Library

Quiet and silent study

The whole library is designated as silent study space with 171 study spaces.

Group study

There are 2 group study rooms which sit 4 people each. Group study rooms at the Law Library can booked via MyEd. The rooms can be found under the building name Old College.

Booking study rooms via MyEd 

Study space with computers

There are 65 open access PCs.  The library has printing/photocopying/scanning facilities.

Accessible study space

Currently there is no accessible work station. However there are 4 height adjustable desks, 2 on the Ground Floor, 1 on the Mezzanine and 1 on the Lower Ground Floor.

Access is via Old College quad, patrons with accessibility issues should contact the Law Library. 

 

Law Library opening times, access and guides

Moray House Library

Moray House Library has 140 study spaces for students.

Silent study

The whole Library (with the exception of the Study Rooms) is designated as individual, silent study.

Study space with computers:

  • 65 open access PCs (1 adjustable height desk) plus 2 study room PCs
  • 75 workspaces with power sockets (1 adjustable height desk). Wireless access is available.

Group study

There are two group study rooms on the 2nd floor balcony. The rooms each seat 8 people and are equipped with PCs. Group study rooms at Moray House Library can be booked via MyEd. The rooms can be found under the Building name, 'Dalhousie Land'.

Booking study rooms via MyEd

Accessible study space

There is one accessible PC and associated equipment on the 1st floor. Wheelchair users and persons with restricted mobility that are not covered by Personal Evacuation Plan are restricted to the 1st floor.

New College Library

Quiet and silent study

The whole of the library is designated quiet study with 17 desks on the ground floor with an additional 53 desks on the 1st floor. There are also 44 desks available in G.04 directly opposite the library entrance. These are for students only and are accessed by swiping your student card.

Group study

There are no facilities for group study.

Study space with computers

There is one open access lab PC. However, most reader spaces are equipped with power points and wireless is available. The library has printing/photocopying/scanning facilities.

Accessible study space

There is an accessible PC workstation with adjustable height desk and assistive software on the ground floor of the library the the rear of Helpdesk.  There is also an adjustable standing height desk on the ground floor to the front of the helpdesk.

At present due to fire evacuation procedures wheelchair users are restricted to the ground floor.

Information on accessible study space

Assistive technology 

 

New College Library opening times, access and guides

Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library at King's Buildings

Murray Library study space

Quiet and silent study

The 2nd floor is designated quiet study space with 28 desks and the 3rd floor is for silent study with 35 desks. 

Group study

There are several areas for group and conversational study.

  • Ground floor - 20 seats situated around 3 clusters of tables.
  • 1st floor - 8 study desks and casual seating for 26.

Additionally there are group study rooms throughout the library.

  • Ground floor - 2 group study rooms (capacity of 6 each).
  • 2nd floor - 2 group study rooms (capacity of 6 each).
  • 3rd floor - 3 group study rooms (capacity of 6 each).

Study rooms in the Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library are bookable online via MyEd.

Booking study rooms via MyEd

Study space with computers

  • Ground floor - 8 cafe PCs.
  • 1st floor  - 18 open access PCs, 4 Quick Use PCs plus 11 uCreate multimedia PCs.  Printer/photocopy/scanning facilities are also available on this floor.
  • 2nd floor - 11 open access PCs.

Accessible study space

There is an adjustable height desk with an accessible PC with assistive technology and 2 accessible study rooms on the 1st floor. Access to rooms with assistive technology should be arranged with the Student Disability Service.

Information on accessible study space

Student Disability Service

Assistive technology 

 

Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library opening times, access and guides

Other study space at King's Buildings

There are almost 1400 spaces (over 500 with computers) at King's Buildings.

Check real time availability of computers at King's Buildings

A Guide to the Informal Study Spaces at King's Buildings

Royal Infirmary Library

Quiet and silent study

The whole of the library is a designated quiet study space with 73 study spaces and 8 easy chairs for informal study located on the 1st floor and additional 10 study desks on the 2nd floor in the Computer and Study suite. Power sockets are available throughout the library as well as wireless access.

Group study

There are no facilities for group study.

Study space with computers

There are 50 open access computers: 4 open access PCs are located on the 1st floor and 46 University networked PCs are located on the 2nd floor in the Computer and Study suite. 

There are also 19 NHS Net computers available on the 2nd floor in the Computer and Study suite. 

The printing/photocopying/scanning facilities are available in the Library on the 1st floor and in the Computer and Study suite on the 2nd floor.

Accessible study space

There is an adjustable height standing desk located by the self-service issue and return machine on the 1st floor in the Library. 

 

Royal Infirmary Library opening times, access and guides

The Western General Hospital Library

Quiet and silent study

The library is a designated quiet study space with 14 study desks with access to power sockets and the University wireless network for personal laptop computers.

Study space with computers

There are 7 workstations with University networked PCs and 3 NHS Net computers in the Quiet Study Room located opposite to the Library. 

The printing/photocopying/scanning facilities are available in the Quiet Study Room. 

Accessible study space

There is an adjustable height desk available in the Library and also one adjustable height desk located in the Quiet Study Room.

 

Western General Hospital Library opening times, access and guides

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