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Durham University

University Library

Bill Bryson Library Study Facilities

A wide range of computing and study facilities are available at the Bill Bryson Library. Please ask Library staff if you have any queries about our study facilities which are not answered by this information.

A study space for every need

In response to requests and feedback received, we are working hard to provide a diversified and efficient work environment suitable to all needs. Three types of work spaces conducive to different kinds of work and variable noise levels have been identified and are available to users throughout the Library.


Individual study areas

Areas for individual study are available throughout the Library. New study booths have been installed in the entrance area on Level 2. These enclosed spaces are ideal if you need privacy and minimum distraction, although some background noise is to be expected given the location near the entrance and the Help and Information Desk.

If you need complete silent study spaces, you are invited to use desks particularly on Level 3 and 4. Level 1 and 2 East Wing are also for individual study but might present slight background noise due to their open location.

Individual study rooms are available on all levels overlooking the Atrium and can be booked for up to 4 hours via our online booking system. Individual study rooms are unlocked and can be used freely: however if there is a user with a booking, you may be asked to vacate the room.

Collaborative study space

A new collaborative study space has been created in the “Cathedral view” area on Level 1. This space is designed to promote small group work or to allow students to work independently alongside others. It presents some unique features that will make it easier for you to work collaboratively:

  • talking is permitted in this area (but please be always considerate of other users!);
  • tables and chairs may be moved to suit your group size and needs;
  • moveable whiteboards are available for you to use to capture group discussion;
  • 2 study nooks have been installed.

Group study rooms

Group study rooms are located throughout the building and can be booked for up to 4 hours via the online booking system.

Disability Support Room

The DS Access Room on Level 2 is reserved for students registered with Disability Support, the University's service for students with disabilities. Details of facilities available in this room can be found on the Library's web pages for users with disabilities.

Computing Facilities

Networked computers are located throughout the building.The computing facilities, including printing, scanning and photocopying equipment, are managed by Computing and Information Services. Details about the specification of the computers can be found on the CIS web pages. The PC room on Level 3 is provided with more than 70 PCs for everyone to use. Starting from January 2019, also the Kepier room and Shincliffe room on Level 4 will be free to use for individual work unless booked for training sessions. Please check the timetable on the door for bookings; please consider that if a training session is about to start you may be asked to vacate the room.

Laptop loan service

A laptop loan service is available which enables users to work online anywhere within the Bill Bryson Library. Laptops are available for 4-hour, in-library loan on a first come, first served basis from the Help and Information Desk.

Computing facilities for visitors

The University Library offers access to a limited range of online resources to visitors who are not otherwise full members of the University. Details of this service can be found in our guide to online access for non-University users.

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Please Note

Information on this page relates to the 2019-20 academic year