Study space update week beginning 3 May

Elizabeth Andrews
Tuesday 4 May 2021

Students sitting at tables in the Main Library. They wear face masks and are socially distant

Students working socially distanced in Main Library

Updates for this week

  • More students are now able to access study spaces. The increase in available sessions, going from 3,911 to 5,919 each week, has meant 302 more individual students have made bookings (the number went from 732 students to 1,034)!
  • 30% of students are still not turning up for the sessions they have booked, please remember to cancel using the link in your booking confirmation email, if you can’t make it in.
  • Drop-in study spaces are now available across several University buildings.
  • Please remember to wear your face mask at all times and observe social distancing, when you are in University buildings.

Current space up to 30 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).
  • 5,919 study space sessions available in up to 30 April (5,147 available to all students, 772 postgraduates 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:

  • limited access for browsing the library, recommended pre-booked only – emphasis on click and collect where possible 
  • limited access for PC booking, recommended pre-booked only 
  • limited access to study spaces, recommended pre-booked only 

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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