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Durham University

University Library

Study rooms

Durham University Library provides study rooms for the sole use of University members registered with Disability Support.

Bill Bryson Library : There are four DS Rooms on Level 1 in the West Wing of the Bill Bryson Library.
ISC Library : Room D236 in the Library, on Level 2 of the Ebsworth Building.


Booking a DS Room

To guarantee access, you need to book online and pick up the key at the Help and Information Desk at the start of your booking. Bookings can be made up to two weeks in advance.

Click here to book a DS Room online

You can contact the Help and Information Desk at either the Bill Bryson Library or ISC Library if you need help with booking a room.

Bill Bryson Library: 0191 334 3042
ISC Library: 0191 334 0270

To be fair to all users, we take bookings for up to 4 hours and do not allow consecutive bookings. If you have not collected a key within 15 minutes of the time you have booked, the room may be given to another user. Please return keys to a member of staff on the Help and Information Desk. Students who fail to do so may be prevented from using the room in future. Please note that there is a fine of £1 per hour for the late return of a study room key.

What is in the DS Rooms?

In addition to a private work environment, the DS rooms provide the following.

Bill Bryson Library

ISC Library

Wireless technology Yes Yes
Height adjustable desk Yes Yes
Adaptable chairs Yes Yes
Adjustable footrest Yes Yes
Kneeling stool Yes Yes
Document holder Yes Yes
Angle poise lamps Yes No
Hand held magnifiers* Yes Yes
Networked PC with 22" screen Yes Yes (x 2)

* Hand held magnifiers can be issued at the Help and Information Desk at each library.

The PC in DS Room 2 in the Bill Bryson Library has the following assistive software installed:

  • Text Help Read and Write – word prediction and spell check tool
  • Inspiration – visual organising and thinking tool
  • JAWS for Windows – text to speech software
  • Mind View – mind mapping software
  • Dragon naturally speaking – speech recognition sofware (please contact the IT Service Desk to set up access with Dragon and users will need to provide their own headset)

This software will also be installed at ISC in due course, when a review of services is completed.

Using the Bill Bryson Library Study Room during self-service hours

If you want to use the Study Room in the Bill Bryson Library during self-service opening hours, you can do so provided it is booked in advance. The study room can be used until 30 minutes before the Help and Information Desk closing time.

Please Note

Information on this page relates to the 2018-19 academic year