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.

Library Study

Please note that as of 24th March 2020, all libraries (including the Main Library) will be closed until further notice. 

Please check the Covid-19 Library Updates page for further information.

Covid-19 Library Updates

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. Please note this area has no PCs, however, there are floor points where laptops can be connected.

Group study

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 three or more.

There are 30 Main Library group study pods:

  • 18 on the Ground Floor and
  • 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. The library has printing/photocopying/scanning facilities.

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.

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

Quiet and silent study

The ground floor of the library is designated for silent study: this comprises 46 study spaces and 14 easy chairs for informal study.  Quiet study space can be found at the rear of the 1st floor.

Group study

There are no facilities for group study.

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).  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 1st floor of the library, opposite the Helpdesk.  There is also an adjustable height desk at the rear of the 1st floor.

Information on accessible study space

Assistive technology 

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:

 

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. 

 

Moray House Library

Silent study

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

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.

Study space with computers:

  • 65 open access PCs (1 adjustable height desk) plus 2 study room PCs , ​29 on the ground floor (downstairs), 7 on the 1st floor (entrance floor) and 19 on the 2nd floor.
  • There are also 2 Quick Use PCs available for 15 minute sessions: 1 on the 1st floor (entrance floor) and 1 in the print area on the ground floor (downstairs).
  • 75 workspaces with power sockets (1 adjustable height desk) and USB charging points.
  • The library has printing/photocopying/scanning facilities.

Accessible study space

There is 1 accessible PC and associated equipment on the first floor (entrance floor). The library has colour copier/printer facilities. on the 1st floor (entrance floor). Wheelchair users and persons with restricted mobility that are not covered by Personal Evacuation Plan are restricted to the 1st floor.

Information on accessible study space

Assistive technology 

 

New College Library

Quiet and silent study

The whole of the library is designated quiet study with 17 desks plus 2 easy chairs 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 

 

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.

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 

 

Other study space at King's Buildings

There are almost 1400 spaces (over 500 with computers) 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. 

 

The Western General Hospital Library (MEC)

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.

 

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