Hello silence, my old friend

Student finding a bookDo you hate crowds and find the Library increasingly taken over by folk whose idea of serious study seems to be to treat the Library like a giant coffee shop?  You are not alone, but there are still ways to enjoy a quiet and orderly library experience, even in the modern age.

Arrive early to beat the rush

Arrive before 10.30 am.  The library will be quiet, the shelves should have been tidied but not yet creatively reordered by fellow students rummaging through the collection.

Head for the second (top) floor and look for the purple banners

Purple pull-up banners identify the start of the Individual Silent Study Zone on the top (second) floor.  You can borrow a laptop and charging cable from the lockers on the ground floor one with a charging cable from any of the lockers on the ground floor using your student card, take this with you and plug it into any of the wall sockets.

Help yourself to a pair of ear plugs for protected quiet

If you are easily disturbed by incidental noise or you want to work outside the Individual Silent Study Zone but want to cut down the ambient noise level, help yourself to a pair of ear plugs, available from the Library Help Desk.  It helps us minimise our carbon footprint if you retain and re-use these again as much as possible.

Ask for an appointment

If you have difficulty bringing yourself to cross the Library threshold, you can always make an appointment through online chat or by email for a one-to-one consultation with a librarian.  Please tell us when you book your appointment if you would like to be met somewhere quiet when you make the appointment or you need us to meet you outside and accompany you into the library building.

Work online

The vast majority of our resources are available online.  You need only pop into the Library to help yourself to books, and then if you come early you will find the Library is comparatively quiet.  You can chat also to a librarian online.  Just click the blue/white chat bubble.  This means you can get help without speaking to anyone face to face or talking to anyone.  You might be better off sending an email if your question is particularly involved and complicated, but for the vast majority of enquiries, online chat offers instant answers.

Assistant Librarian (Promotions) at the University Library. An enthusiastic advocate of libraries, diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice for all, inside and outside the workplace.

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