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Library creates hundreds more study spaces

More than 350 new study spaces have been created in the University’s Main Library.

Main Library

The provision of 358 extra spaces is part of a wider programme of improvements being made to the library.

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.

The introduction of the new study spaces was made possible thanks to the relocation of library staff, a gesture that has been welcomed by 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 staff have been able to re-organise to free up this space and improve the facilities available to students.

Alec Edgecliffe-JohnsonStudents’ Association 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 Library's general collections of books and periodicals, older books in all subjects, most of the special collections of rare books and manuscripts, the University archives and the Lothian Health Service Archive.

Related links

Full details of each of the University’s libraries

Library Redevelopment blog

Study Space construction film