The Library

Studying in the Library

Silent study

Sheila Silver Library:  third floor silent study area
Headingley Library:  two silent study rooms on the first floor

If you wish to talk please use the Group Study Areas. Please switch off mobile phones.

You will be asked to move if your behaviour disturbs others: text us on 0113 320 7594 and we'll send someone to investigate.

Social learning spaces

See the list below for additional study spaces around campus. 

There are also PCs and study tables near the City Campus Students' Union offices, available until 19:00 Monday to Friday during term time. The Living Rooms are located in The Hive and are free for students to use until 23:00 unless booked for events.

If you're in Halls there are also communal study areas:

  • Arena Village study room
  • Kirkstall Brewery The Vault study room
  • Marsden House common room
  • Sugarwell Court – The Lounge
City Campus - Location No. of PCs
Broadcasting Place G01 19
Calverley Building 209 7 + black and white printer nearby
Calverley Building 410 sofa and study booths
Portland Building 522 6
Portland Building 622 4
Woodhouse Building down the stairs "underneath" the Gaia Coffee Shop 17
Headingley Campus - Location No. of PCs
Cavendish G15 8
Carnegie Pavilion 351 4
Carnegie Pavilion 436 4
Carnegie Pavilion 526 8 + colour printer
Student Hub 29

Group study

There are group study areas on the ground floor of Headingley Library and on the ground, first, second and third floors of Sheila Silver Library. 

These areas have desktop plug sockets and connection to the wireless network.

You can also book a meeting room for groups of 4 or more students for up to 2 hours per day:

Book a Room


There are over 900 PCs across the two Libraries.  

You can use the PCs in the IT Labs if there is no teaching timetabled - check PC Availability or the timetable outside each room.

We also have self-service laptops that you can borrow to use in the Library or bring in your own and use the wireless network.

Emergency evacuation procedures

If the fire alarm sounds please leave the Library immediately by the nearest fire exit.  Do not use the lifts.

"Safe havens" are designated for people with mobility difficulties. 

Look after yourself!

  • Take regular breaks from studying.
  • Keep hydrated - water fountains are on the first, second and third floors of Sheila Silver Library and just outside JG250 in Headingley Library. And all Leeds Beckett water fountains can be found via the Refill App.
  • Ask Library staff for help when you need it.
  • If you're worried about your course or studying contact Student Wellbeing

Please respect your study environment

  • Treat others with dignity, courtesy and respect.
  • If you wish to talk, use one of the Group Study Areas.
  • Always carry your Campus Card. Don't lend it to anyone. 
  • Don't leave your belongings unattended or use them to "reserve" study spaces.
  • Only take resources out of the Library that you have borrowed.
  • Return your resources on time.
  • Don't bring hot food into the Library.
  • Don't view, send or download anything offensive.
  • Follow copyright law. Don't plagiarise.
  • Remember to log out when you leave a PC.

You will be asked to move if your behaviour disturbs others.

See also the full student regulations.