Find your space for success

We know how busy it gets in library spaces at this time of year when everyone is working on final assignments and revising for exams. We’ve extra measures in place to support you, and with some thought and planning we can help you find the study space you need:

Kimberlin Library is 24/7 and visitor access is presently suspended so that DMU students, staff and registered members have priority in finding study space. With support from Estates, we have additional cleaning staff working overnight and at weekends to keep the Library looking shipshape.

The library gets starts to get busy from mid-morning and reaches peak occupancy by lunchtime. At this time of year, that continues through the afternoon and into the evening, so if you can plan your day to start studying earlier you’ve a better chance of securing your favourite spot.

Labs in Gateway House and the Vijay Patel Building have extended opening hours until midnight on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends, so there are more places across campus to work. Teaching rooms, e.g. Hugh Aston, are available to use for study and revision now that much of undergraduate teaching has finished for this academic year.

Kimberlin Library has 90 laptops which can be borrowed for up to 2 hours use anywhere on campus. We’ve lots of wipe-boards to help with revision and pens are available from reception.

Eric Wood Learning Zone is open on an extended 24/7 basis until May 18th and both EWLZ and The Greenhouse will be open normal hours on the May Day bank holiday when other campus buildings are closed. As we previously highlighted, we’ve opened up eighty “Pop-Up-Library” study seats on the Second Floor of Eric Wood Building. These are accessible 8am-6pm weekdays from teh entrance facing the Campus Centre. You’ll find tables and wipe boards for group or individual revision, power outlets and Wi-Fi. Borrow a laptop from Kimberlin or use your own, the choice is yours.

We have sixty additional “Pop-Up Library” Silent Study spaces in 00:11 on the Lower Ground of Kimberlin Library as well as our usual Silent Study and Silent IT rooms on the Second Floor of Kimberlin. The Learning Development Zone in Kimberlin Library has temporarily been re-designated as a “Quiet Revision” room.

Please be considerate of others. Taking a break is sensible, but if you are going for more than 20 minutes, please clear your desk so that others can make use of the space. PCs automatically log out after 30 minutes and other users can claim the PC. Please be mindful of ‘Quiet Study’ and keep conversations low and brief. In Silent Study rooms there should be no talking. Our “text alert” service can summon staff assistance if your polite reminder to peers does not have the desired effect. If you want real isolation from disturbance, ear buds are available from reception.

Please avoid using PCs and library laptops just for social media or entertainment alone whilst demand for productive study space is so high.

If you’re studying for long periods, you might find one of our loanable blankets useful in keeping you warm and snug. You’ll find them in a basket at reception, help yourself.

Our six individual study rooms are in use for examinations throughout May, but advance bookings for syndicate roomscan be made online via the link on our web page at www.library.dmu.ac.uk

The Library Café is open until 9pm, the Riverside Café is open until 10pm if you fancy a breath of fresh air and vending machines are available overnight.

Look out for the Library Night Trolley which offers FREE drinks and fruit from 9pm until late, Sunday to Thursday until late May.

Staff are here to help and we’ll do what we can to get you through. Assignment drop-ins run every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2pm until 3pm; and Tuesday and Thursday 5-6pm  (term time) in the Learning Development Zone of the Kimberlin Library. Your subject librarian can provide 1:1 support or drop-in help at our weekly pop-up library events. Maths drop-ins run daily 12.30 – 2.30 (Monday – Friday) and up to 4.30pm on Wednesdays.

Don’t forget our wealth of online guides, including support for dissertation and our ‘Focus-On’ series which includes examination and time management advice.

LZ students with laptop

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Richard Partridge is Head of User Experience for Library and Learning Services at De Montfort University