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Study Spaces at Bill Bryson Library

University members and visitors are strongly recommended to wear face coverings in University buildings, including the Library, 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 or our study spaces. Please visit our webpages for full details.


Our study spaces

At Bill Bryson Library, we offer a variety of bookable study spaces for staff and students, including:

  • Individual study spaces
  • Online lecture study spaces for students 
  • Study rooms, including individual study rooms and Disability Support rooms
  • Study spaces for Postgraduate Research students (PGR) and Taught Postgraduate students (PGT)

Booking a study space

Visit our Space Bookings system to book a study space.

Your study space is allocated by the system, limited to floor level. Our Disability Support rooms are available to students who have an assessed need to access these spaces. Our study space location plans will help you to find your allocated seat before you visit.

Please only visit during your booked timeslot. You can arrive at any time during this period but will need to leave your allocated space promptly by the end of your timeslot.

Visit our Space Bookings system guide for further details.


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.

Stay and Study - non-bookable spaces

We have non-bookable, individual study spaces available at Bill Bryson Library (BBL). Available throughout our opening times and including overnight study, simply call in at any time for as little or as long as you like!

You will need your campus card to access the buildings and we ask that you follow the safety measures we have in place.

Individual study spaces (bookable)

Stay and Study is available to current Durham University students and staff, allowing you to pre-book an individual study space within the Bill Bryson Library. Level 1 West Wing is a silent study area.

Timeslots available: Flexible timeslots, between one and four hours in length, which can be booked between 8am and 10pm.

Booking limits: You can book up to 30 hours a week for our Stay and Study service at the Bill Bryson Library, in addition to up to two individual study room bookings.

You can book as many Stay and Study sessions as you want each day, as long as you don’t exceed the 30 hour weekly limit. You can also book a timeslot once it has already started (depending on availability). 

Group study spaces (non-bookable)

We have group study spaces available at Bill Bryson Library, with a number of areas offering the opportunity for collaborative study. There's no booking required - simply visit during our opening times and follow the safety measures we have in place.

Online Lecture Study Spaces (bookable)

Online Lecture Study Spaces are available to current Durham University students only. This service allows you to pre-book an individual study space to participate in online lectures on Level 2 South in the Bill Bryson Library. Please note we cannot guarantee access to power points so please ensure any personal devices are charged in advance of your visit. These spaces are not soundproof so please bring your own headphones. 

Timeslots available: These spaces offer flexible timeslots, between one and two hours in length, which can be booked between 8am and 6pm, Monday-Friday. 

Booking limits: You can make up to five bookings of this type each week. Bookings in these spaces are in addition to other limits for space bookings at the Bill Bryson Library. You can also book a timeslot once it has already started (depending on availability). 

Study Rooms (bookable)

You can book an Individual Study Room at the Bill Bryson Library, offering you a semi-private space for study (please note, these rooms are not soundproof). Our study rooms are located across all floors within the Library. Currently, both individual and group study rooms are only available for individual study.

Timeslots available: We offer fixed timeslots for Study Rooms between 8am-4pm, 5pm-10pm and 11pm-6am.

Booking limits: You can book a maximum of 2 study room sessions per week, in addition to the 30 hours stay and study space allowance. You can also book a timeslot once it has already started (depending on availability). Please note that these rooms are for individual study only.  

Disability Support Rooms (bookable)

You can book a Disability Support Room for your Stay and Study timeslot at Bill Bryson Library. These are individual study rooms, which are available to students and staff who are registered with the University’s Disability Support Service. 

Timeslots available: We offer flexible timeslots for our Disability Support Rooms, between one and four hours in length, which can be booked between 8am and 10pm. Fixed timeslots are available between 10pm and 6am.  

Booking limits: You can book as many study sessions in the Disability Support rooms as you require per day/week. You can also book a timeslot once it has already started (depending on availability). 

Kepier Room (bookable)

If you are a Postgraduate Research Student (PGR), you can book a study space in the Kepier Room at Bill Bryson Library for your Stay and Study timeslot. These are individual study spaces, which are available for Postgraduate Research Students only. 

Timeslots available: We offer flexible timeslots between one and six hours in length, which can be booked between 8am and 10pm. 

Booking limits: You can book as many study sessions in the Kepier Room as you require per day/week, subject to availability. You can also book a timeslot once it has already started (depending on availability). 

Room 404 (bookable)

Room 404 at Bill Bryson Library is available to both Postgraduate Research students (PGR) and Taught Postgraduate students (PGT) for Stay and Study timeslots. Please note, you are required to wear a face covering at all times when using this study space.

Timeslots available: We offer flexible timeslots for Room 404, between one and six hours in length, which can be booked between 8am and 10pm. 

Booking limits: You can book as many study sessions in Room 404 as you require per day/week, subject to availability. You can also book a timeslot once it has already started (depending on availability). 

Available study spaces at Bill Bryson Library

How busy is Bill Bryson Library right now?

Find out how many free study spaces there currently are at the Bill Bryson Library by clicking the link above.

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Bill Bryson Library study space locations

Bill Bryson Library study space location plans

Please review our study space location plans to help you to:

  • see which study zones are bookable or non-bookable 
  • help you to find your allocated seat before you visit, if you've pre-booked a space

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