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 Zone can be found on the right hand side, on the second and third floors of the library. These areas are for when you need to work on your own in silence, it can help to focus you on your studies without interruptions.

  • Work silently – no talking, whispering or group work at all in this area.
  • Headphones – keep volume low so other students cannot hear them.
  • Phones – to be kept on silent and phone calls to be taken out to the atrium.
  • Hot food – this is not to be consumed within this area.

 

The quiet zone can be found on the left hand side, on the second and third floors of the library. This is the perfect space to work quietly with others or on your own.

  • Work quietly – keep conversations short, and consider using the Group Work Zone or Social Study Zone if you need to discuss your work a lot.
  • Headphones – please make sure others cannot hear your music.
  • Phones – to be kept on silent/vibrate and phone calls to be taken out to the atrium.
  • Hot food – this is not to be consumed within this area.

 

The Group Study Zone is designed for you to be able to work in large groups with other students, whether it is a group assignment or revision. The Group Study Zone is the perfect environment to share ideas and discuss with your peers.

The Group Study Zone can be found on the left hand side, on the ground and first floors of the library.
There are six bookable group study rooms on each floor, each with a PC and large screen. If you want to book a group study room or check availability you need to visit OnTime or go to “My Calendar” from the Portal.

  • For focused group work and collaboration – use these areas when working together and discussion is essential.
  • Phones – to be kept on silent/vibrate and phone calls to be taken out to the atrium.
  • No excessive noise – the study rooms are not soundproof! Please make sure your conversation or music stays inside your own room and does not disrupt others.
  • Hot food – this is not to be consumed within this area.

 

If you want a break from your studies or you just want to do more social and casual work the Social Study Zone, found in the atrium, is the perfect place. The Social Study Zone has plenty of desks and PCs as well as an outdoor terrace at the back of the second floor.

  • Hot food – this must be eaten in the café area located on the ground floor.

 


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.