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Study spaces and facilities

Where can I study?


Accessible study areas?

  • Based on level one, the Accessibility Centre is a study area for disabled students, where you can access adjustable furniture, task lights and scanners.?
  • Based on level three, there are two computers in the individual study area, where you can access adjustable desks.
  • Based on level one, there are two adjustable desks that you have priority use of in the silent study area.
    • ?Booking: you don't need to book these spaces.?
  • If you need to use Dragon (speech-to-text software) or you are working with your student assistant, there are three Study Support Rooms on level one.
      • ?Study Support Room is near the Library helpdesk,? Study Support Room A and Study Support Room B are next to the Accessibility Centre.?
    • Booking: you can?book these rooms, for two hours a day.
    • Note: You need to login within 15 minutes of your booking slot otherwise MYPC will release the slot for the next user to log in the computer.
  • If you are working in a group then the group study pod one has an adjustable table - for more details and to book see the Group Study Pods entry below.
  • We have a lift and moving platform that gives access to all levels of the Library space

Group study area?

  • Based on level one, this area is for groups to meet in and study or work together. The area includes?whiteboards.?
  • Booking: you don't need to book this space.?

Group study pods?

  • We have three group study pods located in the group study area:?
    • Pod one?seats four?(has an adjustable table)
    • Pod two?seats four
    • Pod three?seats eight?
  • Pods include display screens and you can borrow display port, HDMI or VGA cables from the Library helpdesk on the level one.?
  • Booking:?you need to book in advance. Only Birkbeck students can book the pods.
    • You can book a 30-minute slot to a maximum of two hours per day (to a maximum of seven hours per week).?
    • The first booking is for 8.30am and the last booking is for 10.30pm.?
    • Please cancel your booking if you no longer need it.?
    • You can use an unbooked pod, but users with bookings take priority.?

Individual Study areas

  • We have areas for individual study throughout the Library, in particular, level one silent study area and levels two, three and four.
  • Booking: you don't need to book - spaces are first-come-first-served.?

Phone Zone

  • If you need to make or take a phone call while in the Library, you should move to this area, which is near the toilets on level one.?

Silent study area

  • This is on level one, past the Phone Zone and starts from the audio-visual collection and continues on two levels with the mezzanine.
  • Booking: you don't need to book - spaces are first-come-first-served.?



Printing, photocopying and scanning

  • Photocopiers are on level one, most are near the Training Room in the group study area.?
  • Our photocopiers can:?
    • make A4 and A3 copies in black and white and in colour?
    • make reduced or enlarged copies?
    • print in black and white or in colour
    • scan (this service is free, but you will need credit on your printing account. You can store scans on your USB.)
    • staple your printing, select this function before printing
  • Costs of copying/printing?
    • 5p per sheet for black and white A4?
    • 25p per sheet for colour A4?
    • 10p per sheet for black and white A3?
    • 50p per sheet for colour A3??
  • How to pay?
  • Logging in to the photocopiers?
    • You can log in using your Birkbeck ID card or by entering your Birkbeck username and password.?
    • Visitors should ask for a visitor account at the Library helpdesk on level one.
  • Wireless printing: you can print via your mobile device.?
  • Further help: there are guides for printing, photocopying, scanning and stapling next to the photocopiers on level one.?

Self-service units for borrowing/returning items

  • You can use a self-service unit to borrow or return items.?
  • There are self-service units on the ground floor (borrowing and returning) and the first floor near the helpdesk (borrowing only).?
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