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Welcome to the Study Spaces Guide

We are offering a variety of bookable and non-bookable study spaces across our sites. You can also check out DSU's interactive Study Space Map for details of available spaces across campus.

Site Opening times Spaces available Type of seating Access to power Good for exams?
Bill Bryson Library

24/7 until Friday 10 June

(excluding Bank Holiday Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June – see guide for full details) 

From Saturday 11 June:

Monday-Friday between 8am-10pm 

Saturday-Sunday between 9am-10pm

Individual study spaces (bookable and non-bookable) 

Online lecture study spaces for students (bookable) 

Designated study spaces for PGR and PGT students (bookable) 

Study rooms (bookable): 

  • Individual study rooms 
  • Disability Support rooms 

Mixed

The majority are tables, but there is also informal seating and high seating

Individual rooms are available if you book

To the majority of seats, but not all 

Generally, yes. We would suggest using the bookable areas, so you know you have a space reserved and for a set amount of time

Barker Research Library

Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm 

(closed Bank Holiday Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June) 

Individual study spaces (bookable only until 27 May) 

All seats have desks To the majority of seats 

Quiet space that is bookable

No food or drink is allowed in the building

Teaching and Learning Centre

Monday-Sunday 8am-10pm 

(closed Bank Holiday Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June) 

Individual study spaces (non-bookable) 

Group study spaces (non-bookable) 

Mixed

The majority are tables, but there is also informal seating, high seating and media tables

To the majority of seats 

Group and collaborative space, so background noise levels may be higher in the group areas

Leazes Road Study Space

Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm 

(closed Bank Holidays) 

Individual study spaces (non-bookable) 

All seats have desks To the majority of seats  This is an unstaffed space but is generally quiet
ISC Library, Stockton

Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm 

(closed Bank Holidays) 

Individual study spaces (non-bookable) 

All seats have desks

To the majority of seats

Quiet space - may be more suitable for students living in the Stockon area
Engineering Car Park site (New)

Monday-Friday 10am-6pm 

(closed Bank Holiday Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June) 

Individual study spaces (non-bookable) 

All seats have desks

There is power in all the rooms, although currently power sockets aren’t available on each desk

This is an unstaffed space but is generally quiet and intended for individual study

The nearest toilet facilities are in the Higginson building

Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science Building 

Monday-Friday 8am-6pm

(closed Bank Holiday Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June) 

Individual study spaces and breakout spaces along the central 'street' communal areas (non-bookable) 

Spaces set up for individual study and quiet group conversations. Mixture of table and desk, and some more relaxed seating with low tables Not all spaces have access to power 

Communal setting may affect noise levels 

Dunelm House (DSU)

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

(closed on Bank Holidays) 

Individual study spaces (non-bookable) 

Group study spaces (non-bookable) 

Two group study rooms on Level A (bookable through the Student Union) 

Mixture of spaces set up for individual study and group conversations. Mixture of table and desk, and some more relaxed seating with low tables

Not all spaces have access to power 

Communal setting may affect noise levels 

Elvet Riverside (New from 9 May)

Monday-Friday

8am-9.30pm

(unavailable from Monday 6 June)

Individual study spaces (non-bookable)

All seats have desks

Spaces spread over 8 rooms. (ER 145; 147; 149; 152; 153; 155; 157)

One computer rooms (ER156)

Not all spaces have access to power Individual rooms are unstaffed, so users are responsible for noise levels. 
Business School 24/7 

Individual study spaces (non-bookable) 

DUBS students only 

All seats have desks  To the majority of seats 

This is an unstaffed space but is generally quiet

Non-bookable spaces

Simply visit one of the above sites with non-bookable spaces, find an available seat and stay for as little or as long as you wish! All non-bookable spaces will be clearly marked - please make sure you only use study desks that have not been pre-booked.


Bookable spaces

Your study space is allocated by the system, limited to floor level when you book using our Space Bookings system. We also have Disability Support rooms available to students who have an assessed need to access these spaces. 

Cancelling your unwanted booking

If you have made a booking and you decide you don’t need it or are unable to attend, please cancel your booking to allow others to make use of it. We need you to do this as soon as you can to let other students use unwanted study space timeslots. Simply go to the ‘My Bookings’ tab on the Space Bookings app and cancel your booking. 

If you ever need any help in cancelling a booking or have a genuine reason for not attending your booking, please email main.library@durham.ac.uk.


Visiting us

University members and visitors are strongly recommended to wear face coverings in University buildings and when in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet.

During your visit, please follow the safety measures we have in place and be considerate of other users.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 or have received a positive test result, you should self-isolate, book a Covid-19 test and inform the University - you must not visit the Library. Please visit our webpages for full details.