Bookable Individual Silent Study Desks for 24/7 opening

Bookable individual silent study desks will return for the January assessment period at the Northampton Square Library and the Cass Learning Resource Centre.

Bookable individual silent study desks at Northampton Square Library
Some of the bookable individual silent study desks at Northampton Square Library waiting to be booked

Students can book a desk to study for up to three hours a day, a maximum of four times a week. Each session can be booked up to one week in advance.  The full terms and conditions are given in the booking process.

All the spaces will be bookable Mon – Fri 9am – 9pm, and midday – 6pm on weekends.

The desks will be clearly marked so you can find the place you booked. And remember, if a space is empty then you can study there without a booking, but you will need to make way when someone with a booking arrives.

The desks are bookable 2nd – 18th January inc.  You can make a booking up to seven days in advance.

Northampton Square Library

The bookable desks are on Level 5 and can be found on the Spencer Street side just beyond the Help Desk.

Cass Learning Resource Centre

There are ten desks in the quiet area of the library.

 

CityLibrary open 24/7 for January exams

The Northampton Square and Cass libraries will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the January exam period, from Tuesday 2nd January until Friday 18th January, 2019.

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Northampton Square and Cass libraries will be open 24/7 during the January exam period.

Library staff will be available at Help Desks and roving around as usual, with a security team in place overnight.

Detailed opening hours can be found on the Library website.

We would like to thank everyone in advance for showing consideration to local residents when entering and exiting the buildings during 24/7 opening.

 

Take a break

You’re busy revising for your exams. You’re spending a lot of time in the library.

And, now that we’re open 24/7 until Friday June 8th you’re able to spend even more time here if you want to.

You’re working hard. You’re committed. You’re going to succeed.

But it’s important to remember that your health and wellbeing are crucial to achieving exam success too: taking rest breaks, eating and sleeping are extremely important. If you walk into the exam room tired, hungry and stressed, your performance might suffer.

That’s why we’re running our Take a break campaign again, to help make sure you’re feeling at your best when it matters. Here are a few suggestions to help you get through the next few weeks feeling fantastic and ready to go:

Picutre of colouring book, pencils a sudoku and wordsearch
Take a break with our colouring books and puzzles

“Colour me calm” notebooks & pencils

Research has shown spending some time doing something creative is relaxing and encourages the brain to function better. Why not pick up one of our fab notebooks, a pack of pencils and spend a few minutes away from your screen scribbling?

Word search & Sudoku

If colouring is not your thing, pick up one of the word searches created by library staff: there are several to choose from, each with a different theme.

Or, if you’re overwhelmed with words, try our Sudokus: fiendish and fun, they’ll keep your mind off of revision for a good few minutes.

Fiction collection

We have a growing fiction collection in print and online which you can escape into whilst having a cup of tea or afternoon snack. Reading is calming and an excellent de-stresser.

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When you do take a break from your studies, don’t forget to share your results on Instagram & Twitter with us: and watch out for more suggestions being posted online #CityLibraryExams. Lastly, please remember, however you’re feeling, library staff are here and available if you need help, advice or a friendly chat.

Good luck everyone!

Bookable Individual Silent Study Desks return for 24/7 Opening

As part of our exam season offering, Bookable Individual Silent Study Desks will return to Northampton Square Library.

To help you plan and organise your exam preparation, Library Services are offering Bookable Individual Silent Study Desks on weekdays from 30th April – 8th June. Sessions of two or three hours are available from 9am to 9pm. You can book one session a day, with a maximum of two sessions per week. Each session can be booked up to one week in advance. Full terms and conditions are outlined on the bookings page.

The bookable desks are for individual silent study and you can find them on Level 5 (on the right hand side as you enter, just behind the Library Help Desk). Each of the bookable desks is numbered and adorned in the unmistakable and handsome livery of Library Services.

A student surrounded by books and able to concentrate in silence

24 hour opening at Northampton Square Library

From Monday 30th of April until midnight on Friday 8th of June the Northampton Square Library will be open 24/7 for you to study around-the-clock.

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Library staff will be on hand during normal working hours before handing over to our Security colleagues who’ll keep an eye on things until morning: but don’t worry, if you suddenly think of a question overnight we have a host of Library Guides plus our Ask us section available via the website to help support you.

During 24/7 opening we expect Library users to treat staff, other students and university property with respect, to adhere to the Library Services Code of Conduct and to use 24/7 opening responsibly. As we are situated in a residential area, Library users are expected to treat our neighbours with consideration by leaving the premises quickly, quietly and without causing disturbance.

Please also remember to take plenty of breaks when studying and to keep safe when travelling home from the library late at night.

Good luck everybody!

Take a break

At this time of year you’ll be busy revising and preparing for your exams, and many of you will be spending a lot of time in the Library, especially as we’re open 24/7. But it’s important to remember that taking rest breaks, eating and sleeping are extremely important activities too: health and wellbeing are crucial to achieving exam success.

With this in mind, we have a few suggestions to help

“Colour me calm” notebook

Adult colouring books have been some of the bestsellers in recent years… Is it anything to do with ever-growing levels of stress? At City Library we’re joining in the craze again, this time by bringing a whole notebook filled with pages to colour for you to escape into.

Word search & Sudoku

If colouring is not your thing, why don’t you pick up one of the word searches created by Library staff? There are four of them available in the library, each one with a different theme.

If you’re deep into writing and want to have a break from words, you can also try our sudokus. You can find three different ones at the Library Service Desk, feel free to have a go on all of them.

Have a break from the studies and don’t forget to share your results on Instagram & Twitter with us.

Revising for your exams or studying over the Christmas break?

We can confirm our opening times for the holiday period.

Northampton Square Library
From Monday 18th December to Friday 22nd December the library will be operating vacation opening hours of 9am to 10pm with reference and self-service after 5pm.

The library will be closed from Saturday 23rd December to Tuesday 26th December inclusive.

We will be open between Wednesday 27th December and Friday 29th December from 10am to 6pm (reference and self-service only).

The library will be closed Saturday 30th December 2017 to Monday 1st January inclusive.

Term time opening hours resume on Tuesday 2nd January. From Monday 8th January, 24-hour opening will begin and run until Friday 26th January.

From the 27th December until the end of 24-hour opening, access will only be available to City University students and staff.

Cass Learning Resource Centre
The library will close at 5pm on Friday 22nd December and will re-open on Tuesday 2nd January at 8.30am.

24/7 opening will run from 2nd January at 8.30am until Friday 19th January.

During this time, access will only be available to City University students and staff.

City Law School Libraries
The law libraries at Northampton Square and Gray’s Inn Place will close at 5pm on Friday 22nd December and will re-open with usual hours on Tuesday 2nd January.

24/7 Opening
To help support you during the exam period Northampton Square Library will be open 24/7 from 8:30am on Monday 8th January until midnight Friday 26th January

Cass Learning Resource Centre will be open 24/7 from Tuesday 2nd January until Friday 19th January.
Before travelling in, please check the opening times at each site.students in silent study spaces

Colour me calm 2

Adult colouring books have been some of the bestsellers in recent years… Is it anything to do with ever-growing levels of stress? At City Library we’re joining in the craze again by bringing out some new colouring pages (and an old favourite) for you to escape into…

Colour the London Cityscape or Colour the George Daniels Clock

As Nick Scott points out in Director magazine, colouring is a major “anti-stress therapy for the beleaguered business leader”; allowing us to be a care-free child again, and also focusing our mind for new challenges. So it’s not just a bit of fun… Carole Tonkinson, publisher at Bluebird, Pan Macmillan’s wellness and lifestyle imprint, says: “Colouring is tactile and soothing. It’s creative, but not so challenging that it’s draining.”

So, go ahead… Have a break from the studies, and get colouring! Don’t forget to share your creations with us.

 

Bookable Silent Study Spaces return for 24/7 Opening

As part of our exam season offering, Bookable Silent Study Spaces will return to Northampton Square Library.

To help you plan and organise your exam preparation, Library Services are offering Bookable Silent Study Spaces on weekdays from 24th April – 2nd June.  Sessions of two or three hours are available from 9am to 9pm. You can book one session a day, with a maximum of two sessions per week.  Each session can be booked up to one week in advance.  Full terms and conditions are outlined on the bookings page.

The bookable spaces are for individual silent study and you can find them on Level 5 (on the right hand side as you enter, just behind the Library Help Desk). Each of the bookable spaces is numbered and adorned in the unmistakable and handsome livery of Library Services.

students in silent study spaces

Your Voice, Our Action – Exams special

Thank you for your feedback. We enjoyed getting out from behind the Library Service Desk to talk to you and we loved collecting your comments from the walls over the 2 week period. We especially liked the fact that 97% of comments about library staff were extra lovely! We’ve looked at every single comment. While a few of your suggestions will take longer term consideration, we’re pleased to say that we can make some immediate improvements in time for the exam season.

  • 3.5% of all comments were concerned by noise levels. We’re always trying to create a good mix of study spaces whilst maintaining that the Quiet and Silent Study Spaces stay as such. From Monday 24th April we are trailing a new text (SMS) service at Northampton Square Library. Text us on 020 3322 6359 between 10am – 7pm if you’re finding it too noisy to study.
  • 78% of comments about opening hours wanted 24/7. While we cannot offer 24/7 throughout the year we have expanded our offering during key times across two locations. Our resources to support 24/7 opening are limited and the provision is also subject to the approval of the University Executive Committee, taking account of our location in a residential neighbourhood and other factors.  The current provision gives 24/7 opening during 13 weeks of the year at either Cass or Northampton Square – and these periods are timed to coincide with the busiest revision and exam periods in the academic calendar.
  • Many of you commented that it was hard to find space to study at times. During exams season we have trialled Bookable Silent Study Spaces at Northampton Square Library – we’re pleased to say that this is now a permanent service. We are trialling the same at Cass LRC this year. We’d also like to remind library users to take breaks outside the library and not to forget to take belongings with them so someone else can sit down to study.
  • If you’re looking for a computer – there are many secret computer labs in the lesser-trod corridors of the Drysdale Building, check for availability.
  • We had many positive comments about library resources, and also some feedback that you would like more. Don’t forget to use the More Books and Read for Research schemes, where you can recommend books for the library to buy. We’ve added over 3,111 books to our collections so far.

Take a look at the infographic below:

Library Loves… Feedback by Library Services