During periods where you have a large amount of work to do for your course, you may find the library becomes your second home.

While sometimes you might want to work in silence by yourself, other times you might benefit from group work, or maybe you just want to socialise with your friends while looking over some notes. The library has created designated zones so that you can study in a way that suits your studying style, and caters to your needs, without disrupting others.

 

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 Social Study 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 Social Study Zone 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 Social Study Zone.

 

The first floor (west wing) is a group work zone. There are also bookable group study rooms on the first, second and third floors of the Library, each with a PC and large screen. You can use these rooms to do collaborative work, such as group assignments or practising presentations.

To book a group study room or check room availability, please visit  OnTime or go to “My Calendar” from the Portal. You can also use these study rooms without booking, but you may need to move if others have previously booked the room.

  • For focused group work and collaboration – use these areas when discussion and working together is essential.
  • Cold food only – no hot, smelly or noisy food.
  • No excessive noise – remember the study rooms are not soundproof! Please make sure your conversation or music stays inside your study room.
  • Quiet phone calls allowed – please keep phones on vibrate/silent. No calls on loud speaker please.

 

All study spaces in the atrium are Social Study Zones. You can use them for more social, 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.

  • For working together and socialising – feel free to discuss work, chat and relax.
  • Cold food only – please keep hot food to the Atrium Cafe.
  • Phones allowed – please take your phone here to make calls.

 


While we strive to make sure that our library offers the best possible learning and study environment for our users, such as the use of designated study areas, it can only be achieved if all our library users respect the rights of others to work quietly in the library. However, we understand this is not always upheld by everyone, and also you might not feel confident enough to ask a group of strangers to be quieter. Therefore we have introduced a Noisy Neighbour Service.

If you do have any problems to report about a noisy neighbour in Augustine House, during staffed hours, you can email noiseAH@canterbury.ac.uk. Alternatively you can fill out an online form. Upon doing this a member of staff will visit the location where the disruption has been reported and resolve the issue, so you can continue your studies without interruptions.