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Alternative study spaces during Library refurbishment

Alternative study space autumn 2016

Our Library has begun its £40 million transformation into a state-of-the-art centre for learning and development. 

Key improvements will be the creation of extra space for individual and group study, enhanced borrowing and lending services, better access and building security, and a significant reduction in  energy usage and carbon emissions.   

We’re taking measures to minimise disruption wherever possible – the Library will stay open for the entire refurbishment project, and all books will remain available inside the building. 

A project of this scale means that noisy works will be unavoidable at times. The loudest phases of work will cease by 10:00am, but there may be times where sound may carry across various parts of the building. Library staff will be able to advise on noisy works on a day-to-day basis. 

As a precaution, we have identified alternative areas across our Whiteknights and London Road campuses that should be available during the autumn term for quiet study*.

List of alternative spaces

list of alternative space has been prepared to highlight rooms available for quiet study.  

Locations featured on the list can be checked against our Whiteknights and London Road campus maps. 

Students may also find our live list of available PCS helpful in choosing where to study. 

Introducing Study@TOB2

Created in conjunction with RUSU, The Study@TOB2 is a brand new area created within the converted music practice rooms in TOB 2, Earley Gate.   

The Study@TOB2 provides an additional 64 spaces for individual and group study. The study area includes a printer, full Wi-Fi and plenty of plugs for laptops. The study area is very convenient for students based at Bridges and Wessex Halls, as well as those studying in TOBs 1 and 2, Harry Pitt, Agriculture, Psychology and Meteorology. Access is open to all registered students holding a campus card.

Please see RUSU’s guide to The Study@TOB2 for further details. 

In addition to The Study@TOB2 RUSU also provide extra space at The Study, which is situated behind the Students’ Union building near Car Park 4.  

Free Room Finder 

To help locate free rooms, the University has created Free Room Finder, a handy website that provides details of rooms suitable for quiet study. 

This application provides information on rooms which are available for immediate use by students for ad-hoc study activities, and is intended to aid in the discovery of suitable rooms. Users can choose the area of campus they wish to search in to see what space is available.  

Treatment of spaces 

While we trust that our students will already treat spaces with respect, we are asking all users of alternative study areas to take care of their surroundings.  

Spaces within each building will be available on a first-come first-served basis; however, priority will be given to students wanting to use alternative study space within their subject-area building. So, for example, a Classics student will have priority over a Biological Sciences student wanting to use a Classics space within the HumSS building on a particularly busy day.

If you receive any enquiries regarding alternative study space please contactlibrary@reading.ac.uk

Further information on our Library refurbishment project can be found atwww.reading.ac.uk/library/refurb

*spaces available subject to teaching timetabling and departmental use.  

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