Study space update week beginning 29 March

Elizabeth Andrews
Tuesday 30 March 2021

Students sitting at a table, socially distanced and wearing face coverings

Students working socially distanced on level 2 of the Main Library

Updates for this week

  • The Main Library level two will open on Monday 5th April. We are looking forward to welcoming you back and happy to say that this will provide an additional 166 spaces per day.
  • A very large number of students did not turn up for their booked slots last week, this means nearly half of all available spaces were left unused. Please remember to cancel any bookings you can’t make – the cancel link is in your booking confirmation email.

Current space

All study spaces must be booked in advance. All buildings have enhanced cleaning, and a Covid Saint on site to help. Check the spaces terms of use.  

  • Spaces can be booked in six buildings (Gateway; St Mary’s College & King James Library; JF Allen Library; Old Burgh School; Martyrs Kirk; Arts Building).
  • 2,773 study space seats are available in total (2,073 available to all students, 280 Postgraduates only, 420 Postgraduate Research students only).
  • 88% of available study spaces were booked.
  • 57% of these booked spaces were used (people didn’t turn up for 43% of spaces). 

Current guidance

We look forward to being able to welcome you back to more spaces soon. We miss you and as soon as restrictions are modified and we are able to offer more options in different buildings, we will open these for you.

Scottish Government guidance:

Strict controls, such as the use of pre-booked appointments, are to be used to keep the number of students and staff on campus to an absolute minimum. These spaces are for individual use only, not group study, and are not to be used as social spaces.

Libraries should operate strictly under the guidance on libraries and study spaces in Level 4. This specifies that browsing is suspended and books and resources will be made available online or via click and collect or home delivery where available. Consideration should be given should be given to whether using suitable safe study spaces elsewhere on campus are a better alternative to using similar spaces in libraries. If so, study spaces in libraries should close.

In order to follow this guidance, and be able to offer Click and Collect and the scanning service from the Main Library, we provide bookable study space only in a number of buildings. Drop-in study space is not allowed under the current conditions. Study spaces should only be used where there is an essential need and there is no alternative.

If you have any questions, please contact us, either through instant chat, or email: [email protected].

Image by Gayle McIntyre, © The University of St Andrews.

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