General Study Spaces

There are a variety of reading and study spaces available in The Sir Duncan Rice Library that cater for all needs and preferences.

Soft-Seating Areas

Comfortable soft seating is available on Floors 1 to 5. These areas are ideal for individual reading, personal laptop use, reading newspapers on Floor 1 and for short and quiet conversation.

Round Study Tables

The round study table areas near the lift/lobby area on Floors 3 to 6 are intended for quiet conversation or collaborative work in pairs or small groups. The Co-Labs and bookable Group Study Rooms are available for larger group work activity.

 Quiet Study

The formal study desks by the windows around each side of the building and on the open floor areas on Floors 1 to 7 are intended for quiet, individual study.

Silent Study Rooms

There are Silent Study Rooms on Floors 1 and 3-6 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library. These are silent working environments.

Please note the following information about Silent Study Rooms on particular floors:  
 

 

Floor 1

Room 124: Silent Study Room

Beside the Heavy Demand Collection, this is an ideal room for working with items borrowed from the HD Collection

Floor 3

Room 312: Silent Study Room

Silent working but laptops allowed

 

Room 324: Silent Study Room

Silent working only

Floor 4

Room 412: Silent Study Room

Silent working but laptops allowed

 

Room 424: Silent Study Room

Silent working only

Floor 5

Room 512: Silent Study Room

Silent working but laptops allowed

 

Room 524: Silent Study Room

Silent working only

Floor 6

Room 624: Silent Study Room

Silent working only

Co-Labs

What are Co-Labs?

Our purpose built ‘Co-Labs’ are a new kind of library space specifically designed for group work, such as presentations. They offer new ways of engaging with other learners to exchange ideas, enabling you to work together more effectively on all kinds of collaborative academic projects.

What's in them?

Co-Labs have built-in information technology facilities to allow you to use a range of digital media. They include a PC, a plasma screen for viewing DVDs or online content, and multiple ports for headphones. They have seating space for between four and seven people.

Where are they?

There are Co-Labs on Floors 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library. These are arranged in clusters of four, giving 16 of these spaces in total. Turn to the right as you come out of the public lift: they are located in the north-east corner on each floor.

Reader Carrels

The Reader Carrels on Floors 3, 5 and 6 of the Sir Duncan Rice Library are reserved for use by users with disabilities – such as mobility, sight, or physical impairments.

Each carrel contains a height adjustable desk. The carrels are particularly useful for readers who:

  • may wish to limit the need to carry books and other equipment around during a visit to the library
  • want to work with a note-taker or similar assistant, or
  • may prefer not to work in open spaces. 

Height adjustable desks are also available on the open areas on Floors 1 to 7, and on the Lower Ground Floor.

Break Out Room

Situated on Floor 7 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library building, the Break Out Room is a large, open and comfortable space with soft seating and low level tables. It is ideal for individual reading, quiet working on your laptop (using the wireless network), for short conversational working and other similar uses.