Studying in the Library
RGU understands that everyone has different study needs at different times. Sometimes you'll need quiet individual space to really get your head down and work, and sometimes you need collaborative group space so that you can work on projects with your classmates.
The layout of the Library is conducive to quiet study and the majority of desks are for individual use. If you have a deadline coming up or prefer a quiet study space then the general desks on floors 6, 7 and 8 are the place for you. Conversation is discouraged and group work is not permitted.
If you prefer a buzz of noise around you as you study, or if you need to work as a group, then RGU also has spaces for you. Some in the Library and some elsewhere on campus.
Library Level 9
Level 9 of the Library is a classroom space for some of the week but can be used for open study at the times where teaching is not timetabled. Normally this will be all day on a Wednesday, after 5pm on other weekdays, and all day both Saturday and Sunday. Quiet group work is permitted in this area during open study periods but we ask you to remember that the Library tower is primarily an individual study area and to seek out other locations should you need to work with friends for a longer period or attend online meeting and lectures.
Library Group Study rooms
The Library group rooms are currently not available due to refurbishment works taking place.
Bookable group rooms located on Levels 7 and 8 of the Library will soon be available. Please select the link to see the booking calendar. Same day bookings can be accepted.
Please remember that the rooms are located within the Library so are not suitable for particularly noisy groupwork. The rooms are quite small so are unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users or those with mobility issues. For accessible or noisier group study we would recommend booking a room at the Student Union. More information can be found in the Student Union section on this page.
- Group Study Rooms on floors 7 and 8. Maximum of 4 students. CleverTouch screen for use with own devices. Whiteboard. Power sockets
Zoom and Teams in the Library
If you need to attend a lecture on Zoom, Teams or any other platform, then please consider your level of participation before using a desk in the open spaces in the Library.
If your level of participation requires you to listen only and not speak then you're welcome to use a library desk to attend the lecture. Please ensure you're using headphones so as not to disturb other students.
If you're attending a lecture, meeting or tutorial where you'll need to speak then the Library open desks are not suitable as the whole of the Library is a designated quiet space. Once the Library group rooms are available then you could book one of those. In the meantime, rooms in the Student Union or the communal areas of buildings such as canteens will be more suited to your purpose.
Student Union Group Facilities
The Student Union, located within the Riverside Building, has a variety of spaces available, both bookable and informal. This is a great space for group work with friends or if you just like a bit of noise around you whilst you study. The facilities include:
- General access PCs and general study desks
- Bookable project pods
- Bookable group rooms
For more information, and to make a booking, please see the Student Union website
Other study areas on campus
H401, located in the Ishbel Gordon Building, is a permanent study room. It has 84 desks with PCs and can be used for independent study at any time during building opening hours. Ask at Ishbel Gordon main reception for directions to the room.
Most buildings have rooms that can be used for study and PC access outwith timetabled classes. Check with building reception who will be able to inform you of room locations, but remember to check the timetable on the door before you enter.
Check building opening and closing times on the RGU opening hours page