We talked earlier this week about how busy the library was. Here’s an illustration of Kimberlin Library’s occupancy over the last few days – you’ll see why we’ve been recommending an early start to your study day if you can to secure your favourite spot.
See our previous blog post for advice about support and other spaces available for study on campus.
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, 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 72 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.
We’ve our new ‘Temporary Access Card’ kiosk in Kimberlin Library if you forget your ID, but you’ll need your ID card to access other library spaces. The Greenhouse and Eric Wood Learning Zone are open full hours until the end of May, including Bank Holidays.
We have sixty additional “Pop-Up Library” Silent Study spaces in 00:11 on the Lower Ground as well as our usual Silent Study and Silent IT rooms on the Second Floor of Kimberlin Library. 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 laptops just for social media or entertainment whilst demand is so high for study space.
If you’re studying for long periods, you might find one of our new 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 rooms can 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.
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.