Information Services

Study Space Restrictions, Guidance and Support - Semester 2, 2021

The Quota for Study Desk bookings has been temporarily increased to 30 hours per week. However, with this increase in Quota comes an increased responsibility to only make bookings you know you are going to be able to attend - Study Desk facilities are a limited resource. We continue to see issues with people making Study Desk booking and not attending them and not cancelling them. If you do not cancel a booking well in advance, then it prevents another student from being able to reuse that booking slot for that desk. On the day bookings will these no longer contribute towards a student's 30 hour allocation.

 

Library Services and Study Spaces key information 26th April

As part of the Scottish Government’s planned route map out of lockdown, Edinburgh has moved to restriction Level 3 on Monday 26th April. We have now re-opened the remaining libraries (with the exception of Scottish Studies), removed barriers to print collections and restarted self-issue book machines in order to give University library users self-service access to print collections.

In response to students’ requests about increased access to study spaces throughout the forthcoming revision and exam period, we have now opened all remaining centrally managed study spaces which can be booked in advance through the SeatEd app or via the online web form We have also reactivated the “book on the day” functionality to ensure cancelled spaces can be booked and utilised.

The Scottish Government law and regulations state that all study spaces must be pre-booked. We realise that this may be an inconvenience, but hope that you understand we are working under very strict and difficult circumstances to continue to provide you the support you need in a safe and considered way. In seeking to provide for the needs of students under these difficult circumstances, we keep the management of study spaces under regular review. In order to increase the availability of study desks to individual users the weekly quota of bookings was recently increased from 20 to 30 hours. Face coverings are mandatory. Visitors who do not comply with the University's Face Coverings policy and Physical Distancing guidelines will be asked to leave. This space is bookable on the SeatEd application or via the online webform.

Study Space must be pre-booked in advance, but can be book on the day, and face coverings and physical distancing, in line with Scottish Government law, must be observed at all times or you may be asked to leave the building

As of mid- May, on the day bookings will these no longer contribute towards a student's 30 hour allocation.

Looking ahead to library opening hours after exam diet:

Library opening hours are changing to their summer pattern from 22 May (Moray House Library from 29 May).  Study space must be pre-booked via SeatEd.  Face coverings are mandatory and social distancing rules apply.

 

Availability of study spaces - after the 22nd of May

 

Study Space By Area                                                                          Campus                                                          

Opening days & times                                                 

Number of Spaces                     Status                   
Main Library Central 7 days a week, 8.30-23.59 (from 24th May) 640 Open
Medical Education Centre Western General

Mon. - Fri. 09.00 - 16.50

Sat. / Sun. Closed

12 Open
Vet Library Easter Bush

Mon. - Fri. 09.00 - 16.50

Sat. / Sun. Closed

33 Open
Royal Infirmary Library BioQuarter

Mon. - Fri. 09.00 -16.50

Sat. / Sun. Closed

37 Open
40 George Square - New College Library and G.04  Central

Mon. - Fri. 09.00 - 16.50 (from 22nd May)

Sat. / Sun. Closed

31  Open
Art and Architecture Library Central

Mon. - Fri. 10.00 - 13.50 (from 22nd May)

Sat./ Sun. Closed

7 Open
ECA Library Central

Mon. - Fri. 09.00 - 16.50 (from 22nd May)

Sat./ Sun. Closed

17 Open
Law Library Central

Mon. - Fri. 09.00 - 16.50 (from 22nd May)

Sat./ Sun. Closed

66 Open
Moray House Library Central

Mon. - Thu. 09.00 - 21.50

Fri.  09.00-16.50

Sat./ Sun. Closed

40  Open
Murchison House (study spaces only) Kings Buildings

Mon. - Fri. 08.30 - 16.30

Sat. / Sun. Closed

142 Open
Murray Library Kings Buildings

Mon. - Fri. 08.30-17.00

Sat. / Sun.  Closed

53 Open
Fire Station

 

Central

 

TBC 57 Closed
40 George Square (study space only)

 

Central

 

TBC 276 Closed

Availability of study spaces - as of the 26th of April

 

The following table shows the list of study centres and the number of study spaces available for seat booking using the SeatEd app and booking system.

Study Centre by area Campus Opening days & times Number of Spaces  Current Status
Main Library** Central 7 days a week,  08.00 - 23.59** 640 Open
Outreach Centre (study spaces only) Central

Mon. - Fri. 09.00 - 17.00

Sat. / Sun. Closed

37

Open 

Royal Infirmary Library BioQuarter

Mon. - Fri. 09.00 -16.50

Sat. / Sun. Closed

37

Open

Vet. Library Easter Bush

Mon. - Fri. 09.00 - 16.50

Sat. / Sun. Closed

33

Open

 Medical Education Centre (WGH)

Western General

Mon. - Fri. 09.00 - 16.50

Sat. / Sun. Closed

12

Open

40 George Square (study spaces only)

Central

Mon. - Fri. 10.00 - 16.30

(Closed from 19th May)

276

Open

7/8 Chambers Street Central

Mon. - Fri. 09.00 - 17.00

Sat. / Sun. Closed

50 Open
Hugh Robson Building Central

Mon. - Fri. 09.00 - 17.00

Sat. / Sun. Closed

  Closed
Adam House (study spaces only) Central

Mon. - Fri. 09.00 - 17.00

Sat. / Sun. Closed

86 Open
Alison House (study spaces only) Central Mon. - Fri. 09.00 - 17.00 6 Closed
Appleton Tower (study spaces only) Central Mon. - Fri. 09.00 - 17.00 6 Closed
Art & Architecture Library Central

Mon. - Fri. 09.00 - 16.50

Sat. / Sun. Closed

7 Open
ECA Library Central

Mon. - Thu. 09.00 - 21.50

Fri. 09.00-16.50

Sat. / Sun. 12.00 - 16.50

17 Open
Fire Station (Phase 1) (Study Spaces only) Central

Mon. - Fri. 09.00 - 17.00

Sat. / Sun.  Closed

(Closed from 19th May)

57 Open
Law Library Central

Mon. - Thurs 09.00 - 18.50

Fri. 09.00 - 16.50

Sat. / Sun  12.00 - 18.50

66 Open
Moray House Library Central

Mon. - Thu. 09.00 - 21.50

Fri.  09.00-16.50

Sat./ Sun. Closed

40 Open
40 George Square (New College Library) Central

Mon. - Fri. 09.00 - 16.50

Sat. / Sun. 12.00  16.50

20 Open
JCMB Rm 3210  (study spaces only) Kings Buildings Mon. - Fri. 09.00-17.00 9 Closed
Murchison House (study spaces only) Kings Buildings

Mon. - Fri. 08.30 - 23.00

Sat. / Sun. Closed

142 Open
Murray Library Kings Buildings

Mon. - Fri. 08.30-17.00

Sat. / Sun.  Closed

53 Open
      Total Spaces: 1543  
 To access the Vet Library and its study spaces, you first need to complete a building specific Health and Safety course on Learn, and register to use the building. To proceed please contact EdHelp.**
** Main Library opening days & times from 26 April, 7 days a week 08.00 – 23.59.

 

 

You told us and we listened - a new version of SeatEd app is out now!

 You will now be able to:

  • Priority 2-week advance booking for certain students
  • The duration of each slot is now displayed
  • Users can now check in to their current booking directly from the home page
  • Repeat button has been added to all past bookings
  • 'Week after next' option now only visible for priority bookers (drop down on Existing Bookings page)

 

How to book study space on campus

To ensure that our open buildings can be used safely and comply with Covid-19 regulations, you will need to pre-book your study space

 

 

Additional Questions

 

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