The Library

Studying in the Library

Silent study

We have silent study if you like to work in silence:

Sheila Silver Library: second and third floor silent study areas
Headingley Library: two silent study rooms on the first floor

Food and drink are not allowed in Silent Study.

If you wish to talk please use the Group Study Areas.

Please switch off your mobile phones.

You will be asked to move if your behaviour disturbs others. Please let staff know at the Help and Information Point if the study environment is not being respected.

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. Why not take a 360 degree tour of the latest area to be refurbished - room 105 in Sheila Silver Library?

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

Skills for Learning provides information on working effectively in a group.

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

Book a Room

Social Learning Spaces

Did you know that the University provides other open access places to study on campus? Please see the list below for some of the key ones which also include PCs. In addition there are 4 PCs and some large study tables near the City Campus Students' Union offices and the Living Room space in each SU that you are welcome to use.

City Campus - Location No. of PCs
Broadcasting Place G01 19
Calverley Building 209 7
Calverley Building 410 7
Portland Building 522 10
Portland Building 622 8
Rose Bowl 216 18
Rose Bowl 226 10
Rose Bowl 317 17
Student Hub 20
Headingley Campus - Location No. of PCs
Cavendish G15 8
Carnegie Pavilion 351 4
Carnegie Pavilion 436 4
Carnegie Pavilion 526 8
Student Hub 26

Study space image

Photo of study space at Sheila Silver Library


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.

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Floor plans

Floor plans and more information about accessing both Campus Libraries can be found on the Find us page.

Stay Hydrated!

Keep hydrated while you study. Water fountains are on the first, second and third floors of Sheila Silver Library and just outside JG250 in Headingley Library.