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Study Areas

The library has a variety of study areas across four floors to support your learning needs.

Group study areas

The main group study areas are on Level 1 and Level 2. There are also group tables in the Level 0 atrium.

  • Show respect to other users and keep conversation noise to a reasonable level.
  • Mobile phones and laptops can be used.
  • Be mindful that excessive noise can travel to adjoining areas and cause disturbance to other users.

Quiet Study areas

The whole of Level 3 is a quiet study zone. A small quiet study area is also on Level 0, near the North stairs.

  • Users must work quietly at all times.
  • Mobile phones should be set to silent, although texting etc is allowed. Laptops and other mobile devices can be used with headphones.
  • Be mindful that conversation and other noise can cause annoyance, particularly when passing through an area.

Silent study room

A small room (309) is available on Level 3 for silent study.

  • Users must work silently at all times.
  • Mobile phones should be switched off and laptops and other mobile devices should not be used.
  • Refrain from eating and be mindful that even slight sounds can disrupt other users.

Bookable Library Study Rooms

Bookable study rooms, of varying sizes, are available across all floors. Please see our Bookable Study Rooms article for information about the rooms and how to book.

Computing Areas (Open Access Computing Areas)

We have PCs and a number of Macs in the Library available for students to use on a first-come basis. Also see our software article .

There are computing areas in the 24/7 Learning Space, Level 0 and Level 1 with a limited number of PCs on Level 2 and Level 3.

There is also a main open access area on Level 1 of the Babbage building.

Level 0 Learning Space

This room houses PCs and study spaces with plenty of power points for laptops.

The room is open 24/7 all year round and is only accessible via the Level 0 foyer. You cannot access the main library directly from this area and will need to exit the room via the Level 0 foyer and enter the main library via the level 1 main entrance.To enter and exit the room you must swipe your University card*.

*The system must register you as entering and leaving the room. Failure to do so could result in users being locked in or out of the room.

Postgrad Room / Special Collections

This is a swipe access only room (305) on Level 3 for University of Plymouth postgrad students.

The room is occasionally used for teaching, which is advertised in advance, and houses the Special Collections.


A mathematics and statistics drop-in for University of Plymouth undergraduate students is held in the Sum:UP area on Level 1, available during term time.

Modified 30/03/2021