Study space update week beginning 5 April

Elizabeth Andrews
Monday 5 April 2021

student sitting at desk looking out window wearing maskStudents working socially distanced on level 2 of the Main Library

Updates for this week

  • The Main Library level two opened on Monday 5th April. We are very happy to welcome you back! This will provide an additional 166 study space sessions per day.
  • We are delighted that more people have been turning up for their booked slots. 30% of seats were left empty this past week – still more than we would like, but a large improvement, thank you. Please remember to cancel using the link in your booking confirmation email, if you can no longer come in to study.

Current space (from 5 April)

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 seven buildings (Main Library; Gateway; St Mary’s College & King James Library; JF Allen Library; Old Burgh School; Martyrs Kirk; Arts Building).
  • 3,935 study space sessions are available in total this week (3,235 available to all students, 280 Postgraduates only, 420 Postgraduate Research students only).
  • 70% of these booked spaces were used last week (people didn’t turn up for 30% 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.

Stay at home guidance changed to stay local from 2nd April 2021.

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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