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Student Access to Independent Learning (S@iL)

Situated on the first floor of the Library, the S@iL facilities have been developed to support student study and to help staff to take more advantage of electronic media and communication tools in their teaching and in the learning activities of their students.

By housing the facilities in the Library, students and staff have access to a whole range of materials and resources all under one roof. Whether you want to drop in and surf the Web, practice delivering a presentation, finish your course assignment, work together in a group , find out how you can better prepare for exams, improve your essay-writing, get support for your maths or find a space to work on your own laptop - S@iL is the place to be.

The IT Help Desk, which is situated on the first floor, in the main area of S@iL, can help you out with general computing problems (or you can email its-help@reading.ac.uk).

NOTE: Due to the Library refurbishment the IT Help Desk is currently located on the ground floor of the URS building. 

Questions about the Library should still be asked at the Library Information Desks.

Studying in S@iL

S@iL is a learning and teaching environment that uses the latest technology. This development greatly increases the availability and quality of the IT-based facilities on the Whiteknights campus and includes the following facilities:

  • Open access area -  over 90 networked PCs, simply drop in and use the PCs, printers and scanners.
  • A number of PCs are available for quick email and Web access. 
  • Laptop plug-in stations
  • Small rooms, equipped with a networked PC, data projector and video are available for students who wish to work together or practice a presentation.  
  • Study Advice and Maths Support Centre
  • ITS help counter

To view a layout of S@iL, download the PDF

Multimedia suite

These facilities are offered to staff and students who have a good understanding of how to use a PC with analogue and/or digital still and video cameras, and who want to create multimedia outputs.

For more information:

Video-conferencing facilities

For more information on this, see Video-conferencing facilities

Study Advice Centre

The Study Advisers offer self-help guides, workshops and individual advice sessions to help you achieve success in your studying. Drop in to see what they have to offer or see the Study Advice for more details.

Assistive technology

  • See the Library information page for Disabled users which contains all the information on assistive technology and other relevant information.

  • For further information, also see

Presentation Practice Room - S@iL 106

S@iL 106 is a small presentation room equipped with a 'technology cabinet' and can be booked by staff and students.

  • 'Boardroom' style layout, with one large meeting table and seating for around 10 people. The furniture is flexible so this configuration can be rearranged according to need.
  • This room is ideal for practicing presentations, group work, or to hold small specialist seminars in.
  • This room has video-conferencing facilities.

To book this room, go to the Central Room Booking and Timetabling page or e-mail rooms@reading.ac.uk or phone ext 6506.

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Last Edited: 6 June 2017 | First Published: 13 November 2014

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