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Last Updated: Apr 12, 2017 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts
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Find the right space

The Library provides study spaces to meet a variety of needs, from silent or quiet study through to social and collaborative learning. You can find out more about the types of spaces that are available to you through the links below. In addition, there are options to book study rooms or to check PC availability across campus.

New! Exciting University Library improvements March 2017
During the academic year 2016/2017 there will be many improvements to Library Spaces, including developing additional learning spaces. It's an exciting time, and the changes and improvements are designed with you in mind. Follow the link below to find out more about what is happening and, more importantly, how these changes will make a positive impact on your learning experience:
Your libraries
We have three physical libraries plus a wide range of online resources and services.

City Campus Library
City Campus LibraryThe City Campus library houses the print collections that support the subjects taught at City Campus. It provides over 1,600 study spaces, including nearly 900 PCs and nearly 150 self-service laptops. City Campus Library is open 24/7 during term-time and Easter vacations. Whenever the library is open, there are staff on duty to help you, and the basement shop is also open, offering a range of snacks, stationery and hot and cold drinks.

Coach Lane Library Coach Lane Library
The library at Coach Lane houses the print collections that support the health, social work and education courses taught here. It provides nearly 450 study spaces, including over 150 PCs and 50 self-service laptops.

Law Practice Library
City Campus EastThere is also a Law Practice Library at City Campus East, which is located on the first floor of CCE1 next to the Student Law Office. This library's collection supports students studying the Bar Professional Training Course and the Legal Practice Course. There are nearly 200 study spaces, including over 80 PCs and 30 self-service laptops.

To help you find your University libraries on campus, follow these links to maps of City Campus and Coach Lane Campus.

All three of our libraries have generous opening hours, but they can vary so please check here before you visit.

Find the right space for you
We have over 2,200 spaces across our three libraries, offering a variety of areas to suit different learning styles and needs; the spaces can be categorized as:

Group and social learning spaces (including PCs)

City Campus Library: basement & 1st floor (north wing)

Coach Lane Library: ground floor

Group study rooms

City Campus Library: 1st floor, ground floor & basement

Coach Lane Library: ground floor and 1st floor
Quiet study space (including PCs)

City Campus Library: floors 1 – 6

Coach Lane Library: 1st floor

Law Practice Library
Silent study space (including PCs)

City Campus Library:  6th, 4th & 2nd floors

Coach Lane Library: 2nd floor

Law Practice Library (silent room)

Keyboard-free silent study City Campus Library: 6th floor
Find a PC
There are screens available across campus that allow you to check availability of open access PCs, so that you can find a space when you need one.  You can also check availability online by following these links to find real-time technology-enabled spaces at City Campus West, City Campus East and Coach Lane Campus

Please note that these pages can take a short time to fully load.
Use a laptop
LaptopAll of the libraries are wifi-enabled and you can use your own laptops and other devices to access the University's network.

All three libraries have laptops available for you to use, which you can find in self-service lapsafes. There are nearly 150 at City Campus Library, 50 at Coach Lane and 30 at the Law Practice Library.

Find a space for group work
Group study tableAt City Campus Library there are 10 bookable study rooms that can accommodate from 3 to 8 people. These can provide a space to talk and plan, through to developing work collaboratively using large digital screens and associated technology. You can make a room booking here, and also find out more about the facilities that are available in each of the rooms. There are also collaborative study tables in the social learning areas on the first floor and in the basement, where you can undertake groupwork using large digital screens.

At Coach Lane there are 6 study rooms that can be booked at the Ask4Help service points, by phone on 0191 227 4646, or by email:
Library lockers
LockersAt City Campus Library there are 44 short-stay lockers in the Basement, including 8 power-enabled lockers for you to charge your own devices.


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