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Study Spaces2018-09-20T17:42:22+00:00

Study spaces

The Library Information Resource Centre offers a choice of study spaces to suit the different learning & study needs of our users. Find the space that best suits you.

The Library Information Resource Centre Building, which opened in June 2009, has seating for 440 students over three floors, while The Cube offers extended access as long as the buildings remain open.

Please note that you may not reserve seats in the Library Information Resource Centre or The Cube. Please see here to view the library’s policy on reserving seats.

Learning Zones

The Library Information Resource Centre has colour-coded learning zones to support the different learning styles and study needs of all our users. Find the zone that suits your needs and please remember to respect the needs of others who have chosen to work in these spaces.

SILENT 

  • Work in silence, without
  • interruption
  • Silence 
  • Individual study
  • Phones on silent
  • No noise from headphones
  • Zero tolerance for noise
  • 1st and 2nd floors of the Library.

QUIET

  • Some low-level noise
  • & distractions
  • Whisper
  • Individual study
  • Phones on silent
  • No noise from headphones

Keep noise to a minimum

  • Ground floor, Assistive Technology and Audio-Visual rooms.

GROUP

  • Background noise, social
  • learning, collaboration
  • Indoor voice
  • Group discussion
  • Collaborative work & activities
  • Phones on silent

No loud noise

  • The Cube.
Silent Study Spaces

The majority of individual study spaces are in silent study zones. These spaces are perfect for concentration, serious study,  research or when you just want to study without interruption. Silent study spaces are monitored by library staff to make sure the rules are being observed. Anybody found talking will be asked to move to another, more appropriate zone.

Quiet Study Spaces
Quiet study spaces are reserved for individual study. Short whispered conversation is OK, but if you need to keep talking you are probably disturbing others and should move to a group study zone. There are 8 bookable tables with PCs on the ground floor of the library, and 4 in the Cube. PCs 1-4 in the Cube and PCs 1, 4, 5 and 7 on the ground floor of the library are multi-media PCs.  PCs/tables are bookable by students only.

Please note that you may not reserve seats in the library.
No one may reserve library seats or spaces by leaving books, bags, laptops or other items on them.
Laptops and other items, including materials left unattended on tables, desks or chairs may be moved by other library users or library staff if left unattended for more than 30 minutes.  Items removed will be placed by library staff in a box adjacent to the table/ desk.

Group study spaces are great for practising presentations, working together on a project, or if you prefer background noise while you study. These areas tend to be busy and you can expect a moderate amount of noise. There are 6 bookable group study tables with PCs in the Cube. Study tables can be booked at the Information Desk. Group study tables are bookable by students only.
Located on the ground floor of the Library Information and Resource Centre, the Assistive Technologies (AT) room has 3 student networked PCs on electrically height-adjustable tables/desks. There is a table-top magnifier on a fourth, manually height-adjustable table. The AT room can be booked at the Information Desk.

There is a height-adjustable table on the top floor of the Library Information Resource Centre.
Click here to see more information on assistive technologies available in the Library Information Resource Centre.

The Audio Visual Room is an open access room on the ground floor of the Library Information Resource Centre. The room contains:

  • 3 PCs
  • 2 Apple Macs
  • a dual format VCR
  • a Blu-Ray DVD

The PCs and Apple Macs can be booked at the Information Desk.  Headphones are also available to borrow on request. Resources in the Audio-Visual Room are bookable by students only.

The Cube offers increased access, outside normal library opening hours, to research and study facilities.

Located on the second floor of the Library Information Resource Centre, the Cube has 80 seats, with 30 dedicated PC stations for research and 50 study spaces. There are 4 bookable multi-media PCs in the Cube and 6 bookable PCs/Tables for Group Study.  PCs and tables are bookable by students only.  All bookings can be made at the Information Desk. There is wireless internet connectivity throughout the Cube and 30 study spaces have desk-top power connection for laptop usage.

The Cube is not accessed through the Library but can be accessed via the stairs or lift from the main entrance lobby, or from the second floor of the Business & IT Building (T Block).

Need a break? Our small relaxation area on the ground floor of the Library Information Resource Centre is located beside the fiction collection and newspaper stand. This quiet space has comfy furniture and is perfect for lounging, reading or listening to music with your headphones on.
The Library Training Room (U105)  on the Ground Floor of the Library Information Resource Centre, has 20 PCs and is used by the librarians to deliver information literacy classes to groups and individual users throughout the year.  This room may be booked by staff only,  for specialist tutorials, training, presentations, visiting groups and language/diagnostics sessions.  All bookings must be approved by the Librarian.  Please note this room is not bookable for general classroom use.

It is opened to students as a study space for the 2-3 weeks leading up to exams in Semesters I and II.

Study spaces can be booked at the Library Information Resource Centre Information Desk .  You will need your T Card to book a study space.

How does it work?

  • When it is time to use the resource you have booked, go with your T Card to the Information Desk.
  • The item will be checked out to you, in the same way, that a book would.
  • You will be given a card for the item.
  • When the booking period is over, return the item card to the library desk.
  • The resource will be checked back in.

Conditions for study spaces bookable by students

  • Bookings start on the hour.
  • Resources can only be booked for a maximum of 2 hours at a time.
  • No block bookings (i.e. consecutive 2-hour slots) allowed.
  • Only two bookings per user can be made at any one time.
  • Students from the same group may not book consecutive slots.

If a room is not occupied in the first 15 minutes of the booking period, the booking may be cancelled.

Library Training Room (U105)
All bookings must be approved by the Librarian.

If you are being disturbed by noise in a silent or quiet study area, please let us know at the Information Desk and we will deal with the problem.

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