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

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. Please let Library staff know if the study environment is not being respected. You can text us on 0113 320 7594 and we'll send someone to invesigate.

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.

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 which are 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 7
Portland Building 522 10
Portland Building 622 8
Rose Bowl 317 17 + colour printer
Woodhouse Building down the stairs "underneath" the Gaia Coffee Shop 20
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 26


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.

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. 

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