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Coronavirus and the Library

Bookable study spaces

Changes for the January lockdown

The UK Government has announced a period of national lockdown for England, to last until at least February half term. We have reviewed the government guidance for university libraries and have updated this page with confirmed information.

Frequently Asked Questions on our bookable study spaces

Bookable study spaces


To study in the Library you now need to book using this web site


(Library study spaces cannot be used unless you've got a booking).


More information about our study spaces can be found by clicking on an FAQ below.

Do I need to book to study in the library?

Yes. Spaces will only be available by booking. We recommend you book in advance of arriving at the Library to guarantee an available space.

How long can I book a study space for?

A range of time periods are available across the Library's opening hours. See the booking calendar for full details.

How many study spaces are available in the Library?

Please see the Study spaces web page for the most up-to-date numbers of study spaces available in the library. 

Who is the service available for?

Currently this service is only available to University of York students and staff.

How many bookings can I make per week?

There is currently no limit to how many bookings you can make per week on the system.


Are study space bookings for a specific seat?

Yes. When you reserve your study space with the booking system you'll be able to choose a specific seat within the Library.

Are group study spaces available?

Currently all of the study spaces in the Library are single occupancy to ensure social distancing. We will keep this under review as government guidelines change.

Unfortunately this means that we're not able to accommodate bookings for groups, including households or other bubbles. You might be able to book a group space via Planon, the University's room bookings system. Make sure to read the booking terms and conditions.

Do I need to wear a face-covering when using study spaces?

You are obliged to wear a face covering when visiting the Library buildings. If you don't have one or forget to bring it then we will provide you with one. You may remove your face covering when working alone in a single-occupancy study room, but must wear it at all other times in our buildings.


Can I cancel my booking after it has started?

You can cancel a booking before it starts. Once it's started you can Check Out once you've finished studying, using the link in your booking confirmation email. This means other people can book the seat once you're finished with it.

Will the desks be cleaned?

Cleaning materials will be provided for you to clean your study space before and after use. In addition, the Library is cleaned every day with a full clean undertaken before the Library opens, additional checks and cleaning also takes place across the rest of the day e.g. of touch point areas and toilets.

Are there video call rooms available in the Library?

Yes, you can book rooms suitable for interactive online learning, including Zoom and other video calls. On our study bookings calendar, select the Single Study Room ‘suitable for interactive learning’ category to see all of the rooms in the Library which are suitable for that purpose.

Contact us

We're updating these FAQs on a regular basis, so be sure to check here for the latest updates.

If you have a question but it isn't listed here, please contact us for further advice: