Choices, choices, choices…

We’ve received a few comments about equipment you like to use and where you like to study.
As you might imagine everyone has a slightly different view of what an ‘ideal study space’ looks like. So the libraries provide a variety of options depending on what you are studying that day. For example are you reading, revising, going over a group presentation, writing an assignment?  We suggest you explore the libraries as they may be places you don’t even realise exist! It’s all about choosing the ‘right’ space for you that day.
Here are your choices, they are all available in both Adsetts and Collegiate libraries
silent and quiet study areas – we know there are plenty of you that need peace and quiet in order to concentrate.  These are available on levels 2 and 4 in Adsetts, ground and first floor at Collegiate. If you’re with a friend it may be better to go somewhere no one else minds if you have a quick chat
individual spaces – there are more options here too – near your subject books, near a café, next to a window, a relaxed chair to read in, a corner, a desk without a PC but power so you can use your own device? If you’re on your own chose an individual space
working alongside friends – you may come to the library with friends however you each have work of your own to do. Do you all need PCs? Look out for larger tables with power enabled furniture or ‘clusters’ of PCs
group spaces – there are larger tables, wipe boards, meeting rooms, areas where it ok to have a chat and not disturb anyone else. We recommend booking group areas as they are popular, try meeting before 11am or after 5pm
doing your own thing – and then of course there’s finding the right combination for you, do you have a favourite spot, like a specific area, prefer to go home and study, have a break in your timetable and want to stay in your faculty building? We have these options covered too, try… self service laptops, Chromebooks, day loan laptops, week loan laptops, Smart locker laptops in building across the campus. If you bring your own device make sure you choose a space without a fixed PC. If you sit at a desk with a PC you may be asked to move as the PC will be available for others to book
To help you plan your study time, you can ‘find a free computer’ on shuspace or SHUgo,  which says how many PC’s are free in an area / on a floor – including faculty buildings, and break out areas across both campuses.
prefer a warmer or cooler area to work – Adsetts is open plan and hot air rises, so we would suggest moving up a floor where it’s warmer and down a floor where it’s cooler. Collegiate has separate rooms so we would recommend trying another room to find one you’re comfortable with. The weather can also affect the temperature.
There are lots of options and hopefully something to suit everybody – where do you like best?