Libraries & Collections are here to make your experience of studying in the library as comfortable and productive as possible. To help achieve this, it is important that everyone shows respect for others and the library itself.


Here are a few ways of ensuring that you are being respectful in a shared study space:

  • Respect those around you:
    • Treat your fellow users and library staff with respect and courtesy.
  • Eat food outside the libraries:
    • Hot and cold drinks with lids drinks are welcome, help us to keep our spaces clean, safe, and free of mice.
  • Share and be fair:
    • Please vacate your space for long breaks. If you are not using a PC, please leave that space free for others to use. (Belongings left unattended for longer than 30 minutes may be moved by staff if necessary to make space for others to study.)
  • Pick up your valuables:
    • Never to leave your valuables unattended, even for the shortest time as thefts can occur.
  • Echo the silence:
    • Please allow those who wish to study in silence in the Silent Zones the opportunity to do so.
  • Care for the books: 
    • Please remember that library books are a shared resource and refrain from writing or highlighting in them.
  • Talk quietly:
    • Keep your voice low and conversations to a minimum, be aware of the noise you are making when leaving a Discussion zone (e.g. Group Study Room) into a Quiet zone (most areas within the libraries).


I'm trying to study quietly and others around me are being noisy and disruptive; what can I do?

  • You can Text the Noise Line on 07883303052, describing your location (library name and room) and they will respond as soon as they are able to.
  • The Noise Line will only reply if they need clarification regarding your notification.
  • This service operates from Monday to Friday 09:00 to 19:00.
Here are a few examples of what to text the Noise Line:
  • “Student talking loudly on phone, Maughan Library, room 2.59”
  • “Large group chatting, WEC library, floor 2 open plan area”

Is there any additional support for disabled students?
Visit Libraries & Collections: Disability support for more information on how Libraries & Collections can support your learning.


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