The library is offering a Click and Study service. This will make a limited number of bookable computer desks and study spaces in Augustine House and Salomons Institute library available for essential work, research or study.

Easing out of Lockdown: All students accessing university facilities should take a COVID-19 asymptomatic test twice a week, either using home test kits or at an onsite facility. To book your test click here.

 

How do I book a computer or study space?

The study spaces are to be used for individual study and will be 2 metres apart from each other. Social distancing will be in place throughout.

Study spaces are available throughout the opening hours of the building. Please note that study spaces will be closed at certain points throughout the day for cleaning. You can book multiple study slots during a single day.

Study spaces can be booked up to two weeks in advance. You will require your smartcard and a face covering to access the building. Please use the NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app to indicate the floor you are studying on. QR codes are available at the entrance of each study area. If you don’t have access to the app you can use our online form.

You will be able to:

  • book a study space at Augustine House. We currently have approximately 200 study spaces available in Augustine House, including PCs, Macs, desks, height adjustable desks, study pods and group study rooms (single occupancy only).
  • book a study space at Salomons Institute Library. We currently have 20 study spaces available including PCs, desks and a height adjustable desk.
  • access the shelves for library material
  • use the printing, scanning and photocopying facilities. If you require additional printing credits, these can only be purchased online.
  • use the toilets and hand washing facilities
  • use provided disinfectant wipes to clean your study space or the printer before and after use.
  • use the vending machines and microwave
  • make use of the Braille roomie Augustine House by prior arrangement with the student disability team
  • use the baby changing and breastfeeding room

At present you won’t be able to:

  • use lockers (unless you have a disability - see below*)
  • use charging lockers 
  • use i-borrows laptops, but you may bring your own laptop (you can connect to the WiFi via the eduroam network)
  • use water dispensers
  • use the Faith Space

* Disabled students only will be able to request a locker from the Disability Team. They can speak to a Student Wellbeing Advisor at Augustine House and request a key (Weekdays, 10am-3pm) or they can email disability@canterbury.ac.uk to arrange a collection time.

We understand that your study needs will differ throughout the peaks and troughs of the academic year. We have four different study zones to help you find a space that suits your learning style. In the light of coronavirus pandemic we are planning to adapt our existing study zones as follows:

 

Silent Zone

The Silent Zones are in the west wing of the second and third floors of Augustine House. These areas are for times when you need to work on your own in silence.

  • Work silently – no talking or whispering at all in this area, please.
  • Cold food only – no hot, smelly or noisy food.
  • No leaky headphones – please make sure others can’t hear your music.
  • No phones – please keep phones on silent and take phone calls in the Atrium.

 

Quiet Zone

The Quiet Zones are available on the east wing of the second and third floor. These are spaces to focus on your work. Most PCs and printers are in these areas.

  • Work quietly – please respect other library users and keep conversations short. Consider using the Group Work Zone or atrium if you need to discuss your work.
  • Cold food only – no hot, smelly or noisy food.
  • No leaky headphones – please make sure others can’t hear your music.
  • No phones – please keep phones on silent and take phone calls in the atrium.

 

Group Study Zones

The first floor (west wing) is a group work zone. For the duration of the current lockdown measures - Students must use the study spaces independently and must not gather in study spaces, unless as part of an in-person, scheduled seminar or tutorial. Group Study rooms on the first, second and third floors of the Library are currently single occupancy. Group work can continue online via Microsoft Teams.

  • For online collaboration – use these areas when you need to discuss work with others online
  • Cold food only – no hot, smelly or noisy food.
  • Quiet calls allowed – please keep phones on vibrate/silent. No calls on loud speaker please.

Atrium

All study spaces in the atrium can be used for more casual work or just taking a break from your studies. There are plenty of PCs and desks here, and there is also access to an outdoor terrace from the back of the second floor.

  • Stay connected – Feel free to use this area for video chat, online meetings or catching up with home.
  • Cold food only – no hot, smelly or noisy food.
  • Phones allowed – please take your phone here to make calls. You can leave the ringer of your phone on when you’re in the atrium.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the potential risk of exposure to the virus, consider the following questions.

  • Have you returned from any overseas country within the last 14 days which would require you to self-isolate?
  • Have you had close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
  • Have you been in close contact with anyone who has travelled within the last 14 days to any overseas country which would require you to self-isolate?
  • Have you experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days (to include fever, anosmia, cough, sore throat, respiratory illness, difficulty breathing?

If you answer yes to any of the above questions, then please do not leave home. Please ensure you follow the gov.uk guidance on self-isolation.

Remember:

  • Only to use a study space if you have received a booking confirmation.
  • Wear a face covering in our Library buildings, even when seated and 2m apart.
  • Use the NHS Covid-19 contact-tracing app or the online form to indicate which floor you are studying on.
  • You will need to wipe down your mouse and keyboard before and after use with the wipes provided.
  • You will need to wipe down the printer before and after use with the wipes provided.
  • Use the study spaces independently and do not gather in study spaces, unless as part of an in-person, scheduled seminar or tutorial. Group Study rooms are single occupancy. Group work can continue online via Microsoft Teams.
  • Respect social distancing and try to remain two metres apart. Look out for signage that indicates the safe spacing in queues.
  • Use the prescribed routes around the building and follow the directional signage.
  • Do not rearrange the furniture which has been setup with social distancing in mind.
  • Please wash your hands regularly using the hand sanitiser stations or soap and water in the toilets.
  • Please place all your rubbish in the appropriate recycling or waste bins.
  • Please check that you’ve taken all your belongings with you when you leave.
  • If you are being disturbed by unreasonable noise in any of our Library spaces please do let Library staff know as soon as possible – we’re proud of our spaces and keen to help make sure they are being used appropriately so that everyone can get the best out of them!
  • At Augustine House, you can report noise issues here.

Please remember to follow the  Code of Conduct  at all times in our libraries:

To support you in your studies there are a range of PCs and Macs available for use across all campuses.

Whether you want to catch up on some work in between lectures on campus, get a head start on your next assignment or tune in to your latest online session (remembering to use headphones!) then there is a study space for you with the latest technology.

Get Tested

All students accessing university facilities should take a COVID-19 asymptomatic test twice a week, either using home test kits or at an onsite facility. To book your test click here.

I appreciate that there are designated spaces for different learners and students. My favourite zone is the quiet zone because there is a balance between a quiet environment and some conversation. However, when collaborating with others I enjoy working in spaces outside the designated zones or in the small group study rooms that can be booked out. More than anything the variety of choice between the study spaces is what I appreciate within the library

Anastasia SemaanEducation Studies / Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Studies