Learning Spaces

Details of learning spaces at each campus library, including study spaces, silent study areas, group study rooms & PC availability.

Each campus library provides a range of environments to work and study including:

  • Study spaces in open areas near the main book and journal collections
  • Study spaces with fixed PCs that are near printing, scanning and photocopying facilities
  • Group study rooms that can be booked online
  • Designated quiet and silent study zones that are clearly identified
  • Flexible learning areas with furniture and equipment that can be configured to adapt to the requirements of the individual or group

Learning Spaces at Belfast Library

The Belfast Campus Library entrance is on Level 2 and open  24/7.

Facilities include informal and comfortable seating to allow users to  meet and relax; display cases containing rolling exhibitions of student work as  well as a selection of new Library stock and two computer rooms with PC and Mac workstations as well as individual desk spaces with power connections for  mobile devices.

There is a group study room with priority booking for student support  sessions.

Level 0 and Level 1 are  both available during Library opening hours:

Level 1 contains reference collections and provides areas  for quiet study. There is a variety of informal seating and some PC  workstations as well as individual desk spaces with power connections for  mobile devices. There are two group study rooms here, one with a large screen for use  with laptops, the other with a large screen & PC.

The ground floor (Level 0) contains the main book  collections and a variety of informal seating. There are seats at large tables  as well as at individual desks and high-level benching.

There are two group  study rooms here, one with a large screen for use with laptops, the other with a large screen & PC. In addition, there is an informal space for  collaborative study with a range of seating, power connections and a large  screen for use with laptops.

Learning Spaces: Capacity

  • Study spaces with a PC: 97
  • Study spaces without a PC: 179 [102 formal, 77 informal]

Learning Spaces at Coleraine Library

The Coleraine Library occupies the top floor of the Main Building. The entrance area provides informal and comfortable seating to allow users to meet and relax.

The IT Suite (e-classroom) contains 40 study spaces, each one with a networked PC. This space can be used when there are no classes scheduled and is designated a silent zone. The Open Access Area contains 137 study spaces, each one with a networked PC. This area is open 24/7.

While Reading Room 1 and Reading Room 2 contain the book and journal collections, there are ample spaces for individual study. Reading Room 1 includes benching and is a designated silent zone. Between the two Reading rooms is a smaller room reserved for silent study. All study spaces have power connections for mobile devices.

There are 5 group study rooms in the Library, two of which are for larger groups. They all contain large screens for use with laptops. There is a group study room reserved for student support sessions.

Learning Spaces: Capacity

  • Study spaces with a PC: 177
  • Study spaces without a PC: 352

Learning Spaces at Jordanstown Library

There are 600+ study spaces across the two floors of Jordanstown Library.

These spaces provide flexible options for studying with areas for single and group study and zones for silent, quiet and social learning.

These zones enable everyone to choose a space to work which suits them. The library has WIFI access throughout.

Social Learning Spaces

These spaces located on both floors house 400+ PCs, printing facilities and individual desks with power connections for mobile devices. Main areas include:

The Library Hub - Located on the ground floor this offers a more informal and flexible space. This includes moveable tables and chairs, sofas and a group study booth.

Quiet Study Room - Located behind the Information Point on the first floor this room offers a mix of individual and small group study spaces with good access to power connections. Noise should be kept to a minimum.

Silent Study Spaces: Separated from the social learning area by sets of wooden doors this offers a range of spaces suitable for individual silent study, including: 200 study desks, 4 individual study pods with power connections, 6 individual study booths with power connections. Main areas include:

The Silent Study Room - This room is on the first floor and offers acces to 12 PCs and 14 individual desks, most with access to power connections.

Learning Spaces at Magee Library

Magee Library is connected to the Teaching Centre.  It provides flexible options for studying with areas for single and group study, and zones for silent, quiet and social learning. The Library has WIFI access throughout.

The ground floor offers an informal and flexible learning space that include moveable tables and chairs, sofas and 5 group study pods.  There are 20 networked PCs available on this floor.

The 1st floor contains the Open Access Area with 114 study spaces, each one with a networked PC.  A section of this is designated a silent zone.

There are also 48 ‘bring your own device’ study spaces.

A café and vending machines are available to give students the opportunity to take a break and meet with friends.

The 2nd floor contains the print book and journal collections and is designated a silent zone for individual study.  All spaces have access to power connections for mobile devices.

The e-classroom on the 2nd floor contains 55 study spaces, each one with a networked PC. This space can be used when there are no classes scheduled and is designated a silent zone.

There are 5 group study rooms in the Library, three of which are for larger groups. They all contain large screens and networked PCs.  There is a group study room prioritised for student support sessions.

Learning Spaces: Capacity

  • Study spaces with a PC: 190
  • Study spaces without a PC: 299