Study space update week beginning 12 April

Elizabeth Andrews
Monday 12 April 2021

Student in main library wearing face covering and sitting at assigned study desk.Student working socially distanced on level 2 of the Main Library

Updates for this week

  • We are delighted that more people have been turning up for their booked slots. Less than a quarter 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 

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).
  • 76% of these booked spaces were used last week (people didn’t turn up for 24% 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:

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. Further strict limits on numbers of people, with essential access for current students and staff only – access to study spaces by appointment only, pre-booked where possible or strict capacity monitoring and access control.

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 and areas. 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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