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Bookable study spaces FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions on our bookable study spaces

Bookable study spaces FAQs 

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?

Study space bookings are for an area of the Library buildings rather than a specific seat. You can use any of the available seats in the area that you've booked.

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?

Unfortunately you can only cancel your booking before it has started. Cancellation links are provided in the confirmation and reminder emails you have received about your bookings. If you have any questions about this please get in touch.

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.

What is the capacity of each study space?

To see the total capacity of each space you need to be looking at the weekly view (see icon) on the Study Room booking system.

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 ‘video call room’ category to see all of the rooms in the Library which are suitable for that purpose. You are able to book study spaces up to seven days in advance.

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:

Our most recent update video from November is below: