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24 hour learning spaces

There are two libraries, Adsetts library on City campus and Collegiate library on Collegiate campus. The libraries are open 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide you with flexible learning spaces to support your independent study. 

Your library provides access to over 2450 learning spaces in a range of study areas. There are Collaborative, Quiet, and Silent study areas and there is a mixture of bookable and non-bookable learning spaces to choose from.

Remember to bring your SHUcard with you when you visit the library.

If you are a external visitor to the library, please see our visitor information page.

Your library has dedicated study areas so you can study collaboratively, quietly, or silently.

Please respect your fellow users by taking a look at what behaviour is appropriate in each area of the library. When you visit the library, you will see each study area has coloured coded signs to help you identify which area you are in. The directional signs and desk labels will also say the name of the area and zone.


Collaborative work is a huge part of your time at Hallam, and library collaborative spaces are great if you want to work with friends and course mates either side by side or on a group project

        Behaviour         Adsetts Locations         Collegiate Locations
  • Group work
  • Social study (working next to friends/course mates)
  • Conversations kept to reasonable/respectful levels
  • Headphone use allowed
  • No loud speakers on devices
  • Level 3 Zone 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D
  • Level 4 Zone 4A, 4B
  • Level 5 Zone 5A, 5B, 5C
  • Level 0 Zone 0B, 0C
  • Level 1 Zone 1A, 1B, 1C

For those who like a small amount of background noise whilst studying, you’ll find plenty of quiet areas in the libraries.

        Behaviour         Adsetts Locations         Collegiate Locations
  • Individual study
  • Noise kept to a minimum
  • Headphone use allowed
  • Level 2 Zone 2A, 2B, 2C
  • Level 6 Zone 6A, 6B
  • Level 1 Zone 1D

If you prefer to work without any noise or background conversations then you can choose to study in a silent area. They can be a great place to help you concentrate.

        Behaviour         Adsetts Locations         Collegiate Locations
  • Individual study
  • No conversations
  • Mobiles on silent
  • No sound from headphones
  • Level 2 Zone 2D
  • Level 4 Zone 4C
  • Level 0 Zone 0A
  • Level 1 Zone 1E


If you want a break away from studying you'll find social spaces in the library cafes located on Level 4 Adsetts, and Level 0 Collegiate. The cafes also provide access to hot water and a microwave which are available 24/7.

You will also find a range of relaxed seating around both libraries so you can take a break when you need one.


Learning spaces

The libraries provide a range of learning spaces that you can book in advance or that can be used without a booking.

We've highlighted the most popular learning spaces so you can get an idea of what you can choose from and you can see a full list on our What learning spaces does the library have? FAQ.                       


This is a Windows PC space for one individual, which has the Microsoft Office package installed. Bookable and non-bookable spaces available.

If you want to use standard software on a library PC you can do this via AppsAnywhere.

For relevant courses, specialist software packages can be accessed on library PCs via Windows Virtual Desktop.

If you want to use Games Design software, you will need to use a Games Design PC



This is a desk space for one individual. It does not have a PC, so you can use it as a reading desk or you can bring your own laptop or device.

Bookable and non-bookable spaces available.



An Assistive Technology Resource space has a Windows PC and assistive furniture such as a height adjustable desk and an ergonomic chair. These spaces are available for students who have this agreed as part of their learning contract.


Bookable spaces are available. See our What accessible spaces does the Library have? FAQ for location details of these spaces.


We are very pleased that all University provided accessibility software can be accessed from any library PC via Apps Anywhere. . A full list of software that is available on these PCs can be found on the software list.



This is a room for multiple people to use to collaborate and study. These rooms include a Windows PC.

Bookable spaces are available.

Check the Library booking system to find a collaborative room which fits your group size on our 24 hour learning spaces page.

Please make sure to read all the information on this page before making a booking so that you are aware of how advanced bookings work. You can make an advanced booking using the MyPC booking system or via SHUgo (for SHUgo follow the on-screen steps to make a booking). 

To find out which library spaces are bookable see Where are the different study spaces located? 

How to book a learning space

1. Log in with your SHU username and password
2. Use the menus at the top of the screen to select where you want to book, what kind of resource you want to use, and on what date

3. Scroll down the page to the specific resource you want to book e.g. L2 Zone 2B Quiet - PC 024

4. And scroll across to the time of day you would like to book - this is in 24 hour time so 9am is 9:00 and 9pm is 21:00
5. White space on the grid means that the resource is available to book at that time. Blue or red blocks mean that the resource is booked at that time.
6. Click on the white space and fill in the box with a start time and an end time, and click ‘Save’ to create your booking
7. You will receive an email confirming your booking

Booking Policies

  • You can book a space up to 14 days in advance.

  • You can have 14 advanced bookings in the booking system at a time.

  • The minimum booking duration for one booking is 1 Hour, the maximum booking duration for one booking is 2 hours. You can make multiple bookings if you need to book for more than 2 hours.

  • During peak times (9am-6pm Monday-Sunday) you can make 5 hours of bookings per day on bookable resources. From 6pm-9am Monday-Sunday you can book for as many hours as you like on the resources that are available.

  • You can book one space to use at a time, multiple bookings made for the same date and time are not permitted.

  • Please arrive on time for your bookings. If you have booked an IT space, please login to the computer within 15 minutes of your booking start time, otherwise your booking will automatically cancel and the space will become available for others to book.

  • If you have booked an IT space, you must be the person to login to that space. If you log out of the computer during your booking the remaining booking time will be cancelled.

  • If you log in to a computer and do not use it for more than 30 minutes, the system will automatically log you out and your remaining booking time will be cancelled.

  • If you are automatically logged off a computer your work will not be saved.

  • During peak times (9am-6pm Monday-Sunday) any time used for bookings that you cancel or that are automatically cancelled will still be available for you to use for another booking that day.

  • If you have booked an IT space, at the end of your booking the system will remind you that your booking is coming to an end. This happens at 20 minutes,10 minutes and 5 minutes before the end of your booking. 

  • Please ensure that you save any work regularly as the system will automatically log off at the end of your booking.

  • Please consider other library users and ensure that you leave the space promptly at the end of your booking.

  • If there are no bookings when yours is due to end, you will be prompted to extend your booking for one hour.  

  • If you have booked a space without IT, please consider other library users and ensure that you leave the space promptly at the end of your booking. 

  • Alternatively, you can check the booking system and make another booking (if the resource is still available) to extend your stay in that space 

You can use library spaces without a booking in two ways:

Find and use a non-bookable resource

Simply go to the library, follow the signs for the non-bookable areas (or check here to find out which areas are non-bookable) and choose an available space to use. 

  • You can use these spaces for as long as you want. There is no time limit.

  • Please note if you log in to a non-bookable IT space and do not use the computer for more than 30 minutes the system will automatically log you out.

Find and use an 'available' bookable resource

Many resources in the library can be booked in advance, however if you are in the library and a bookable resource is available you can use it. Booking in advance is the best way to guarantee access to the space you need (see the 'How to book a learning space' tab). 

  • To see if a bookable IT space is available you can check the MyPC banner on the computer screen. If the banner says ‘Available’ then the resource can be used. It will also display the amount of time the resource is available for in minutes until the next booking.[Insert banner image]

  • When you log in to a bookable IT space the booking system will automatically create a booking for you. This means that the library booking policy will apply to your booking, please take some time to read the booking policy information on this page to understand what this means for your booking (link to how to book).

  • If a bookable space without IT is available you can use the space but please be aware that if another user books the space you will need to relocate to another available space or a non-bookable area.

If you want to use other spaces on campus that are not in the library then you can book these using Resource Booker.


Whichever library you use, you'll find they are organised in a certain way. Each library has levels, and each level is divided into zones, which provide a different type of study environment. In each zone you'll find a range of learning spaces, for example: PCs, Desks and Apple Macs.

Adsetts Library has 6 levels and Collegiate Library has 2 levels. The zones on each level start from A and continue for each zone on that level, e.g. A, B, C. The name of the zones contain the level they are on to help you find what you are looking for - for example Zone 2A is on level 2.

How to find a learning space

When you book a learning space, you will receive an email from the booking system that confirms your location, for example it could be Adsetts Level 2, Zone 2B, Quiet - PC 068. 

When you are looking for your space in the library - whether you have made a booking or not:

  • you will find signs to direct you to the zone
  • when you find the zone, signs will direct you to the area your space is in
  • each space has a label that confirms the space number, zone and level so you know you've found the right space 

Here is an example of the signs you may follow if you are looking for Level 2 Zone 2B - PC 068:








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