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University Library

Researchers' Study Area

This page gives information about different types of study space available to research postgraduates (PGRs) at our library sites.


Bill Bryson Library

Library Refurbishments 2013/14

15/9/13 to 17/2/14 Closure and refurbishment of Level 4 central section of the Bill Bryson Library. Please note that access to the postgraduate researchers (PGR) room in the West Wing will be via the West Wing staircase only. If any postgraduate researcher is unable to use the stairs please contact the Help and Information desk and alternative arrangements will be made. Access to Level 4 of the East Wing will be via the East Wing stairs and the lift on the North side of the building. View a floorplan of the Level 4 layout from August 2013.

The refurbishment is in response to staff and student concerns over the heating, lighting and ventilation systems within the main part of the building, and this refurbishment work is intended to replace old systems and resolve the problems. Please note that there will be periods when areas of the library are without air conditioning or temperature control. If you are uncomfortable please move to another area of the library.

PGR Studyroom

There is a PGR ddeciated study room on level 4 of the Bill Bryson Library. This room is only accessible to research postgraduate students (and library staff), and is accessed using your Durham University Campus Card

The room has:

  • a mixture of single and collaborative study spaces
  • an informal area for discussion and/or socialisation
  • some papers/magazines
  • 8 PCs and a printer
  • wireless access
  • plug sockets and network points around the perimeter of the room
  • information on how the library can support your research
  • shelves to store your belongings
  • Books on the research process and conducting your PhD.

Please let us know how this study space can be developed to best support your research by contacting the Academic Liaison Librarian for Research Support, James Bisset.

In summer 2011 we asked current postgraduate researchers about how you would like the study area on level 4 of Main Library to develop. See what you said here.

Other study spaces available

There is a wide range of computing and study facilities available at the Bill Bryson Library, too meet the various needs of our students and staff. These include bookable group and independent study rooms, study space reserved for students registered with the DUSSD, open access computer rooms and study carrels and desking across all floors of the library.

For further details, or to book a study room, visit our study facilities pages.


Queen's Campus Library

Queen's Campus PG Study Room

Queen's Campus PG Study Room

Dedicated Postgraduate Study room

There is a postgraduate study room available next to the library on level 2 of the Ebsworth building. This provides a range of single and group study facilities.

Other study spaces available

There is a range of study space available at Queen's campus library, including group, quiet and silent study zones. There are 5 bookable group study rooms, and a bookable study room reserved for students registered with the DUSSD. 

Further information can be found on the Queen's Campus Library pages.


Leazes Road Library

Postgraduate Studyroom

There is a study room available for the use of taught and research postgraduate students, with a range of study desking and networked pc facilities.

Other study spaces available

There is a range of other study space available, including group, quiet and silent study spaces.

Academic Liaison Librarian for Research Support

Contact Details

James Bisset

Academic Liaison Librarian (Research Support)

Contact by email

Phone: +44 (191) 334 1586