Library study space: relocation to URS

From Tuesday 18 April, all study space inside the Library will have moved into the URS Building.

This means that: 

  • Moving study space from the Library to URS will provide a quieter environment for study.
  • It’s still close to the Library, so you won’t have to travel far for a quieter place to study.
  • The Course Collection will move into URS to enable easy access to essential materials.
  • Other resources will remain in the Library for borrowing as usual.
  • The majority of Library staff will move into URS, but there will still be staff in the Library to help out. Information Desks will be set up in each building.
  • Opening times for URS will be the same as the Library is now – URS will be open 24/6+ during term time (closed Saturday nights).
  • The Library will open for additional 24/6+ hours during the Easter vacation from Monday 3 – Tuesday 11 April for revision purposes. From Tuesday 18 April the Library will open from 9.00am – 10.00pm seven days per week during term time.
  • These arrangements will be in place until August 2018, at which point facilities will move back into the Library.

The move will take place during the Easter vacation.

Library Access

Study space inside the Library building will be available at a reduced capacity up until Tuesday 11 April. As part of the moving preparation, please note there will be no IT available in the Library building on Tuesday 11 April.

The Library will be closed over the University closure days at Easter (Wednesday 12 – Monday 17 April), with the Course Collection moving into URS during this time. The Library will also close for the weekend of Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 April, closing at 5.00pm on Friday 31 March.

The Library will open for additional 24/6+ hours during the Vacation from Monday 3 – Tuesday 11 April for revision purposes.  From Tuesday 18 April the Library building will open from 9.00am – 10.00pm seven days per week during term time.

Alternative study space

The Library refurbishment is a complex project – we’re doing everything we can to minimise disruption to you and your studies wherever possible. 

Along with URS, there are many other spaces that can be used for quiet study, subject to teaching timetabling and departmental use.

  • See our list of alternative space for spaces available across our Whiteknights and London Road campuses. You may also find our live list of available PCS helpful in choosing where to study.
  • The Study@TOB2 is a new area created within the converted music practice rooms in TOB 2, Earley Gate. As RUSU’s sister building to The Study, it provides an additional 64 spaces for individual and group study, and includes a printer, full Wi-Fi and plenty of plugs for laptops.
  • Need to find a room quickly? The Free Room Finder lets you find rooms available for immediate use – simply choose the area of campus you wish to search in and let the finder do the rest.
  • All of the above is easily accessed via the Library Refurbishment project page: www.reading.ac.uk/library/refurb.

Several of the spaces marked as available will be used for teaching and other departmental activities at certain times, so please be sure to treat each space with respect. Please read our Classroom Rules before using alternative study spaces.   

Spaces within each building will be available on a first-come first-served basis; however, priority will be given to students wanting to use alternative study space within their subject-area building.

Further details

If you have any queries, please email library@reading.ac.uk.  

If you have a disability and have any concerns about using either the Library or URS Building facilities, please contact Matthew Holtby, Library Disability Co-ordinator.

Further information on the Library refurbishment project can be found at www.reading.ac.uk/library/refurb

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