Library creates hundreds more study spaces

Students have praised the University’s move to add more than 350 study spaces to the Main Library.

Rooms on the lower ground floor have been transformed to create more places for students to study.  

The provision of 358 extra spaces is part of a wider programme of improvements being made to the Library to enhance students’ experience on campus.

Ongoing improvements

In addition to the new spaces on the lower ground floor, study desks throughout the library are being upgraded to include desktop data and power points. These will offer students access to USB or plug charging for devices and replace the previous floor-based plug points.

Improvements have also been made to the DiscoverEd library catalogue, which can now pinpoint map locations for items in the library collection.

Improved facilities

The introduction of the new study spaces has been welcomed by Edinburgh University Students’ Association President, Alec Edgecliffe-Johnson.

I know how jammed the library can be around exam time, so to have hundreds of extra study spaces available is going to be a huge help. It’s great that library has been able to free up this space and improve the facilities available to students.”

Alec Edgecliffe-JohnsonEUSA President

University libraries

The Main Library at George Square is the largest of the University’s libraries. It holds the primary collections in arts, humanities, social sciences, medicine and informatics.

The Main Library also houses the University’s general collections of books and periodicals and older books in all subjects.

It holds most of the special collections of rare books and manuscripts, the University archives and the Lothian Health Service Archive.

Related links

Full details of the University’s libraries

Library Redevelopment blog

Study Space construction film