External view of Hallward Library at night

Stay and Study with Libraries

Library extended opening hours for the 2021/22 academic year

Six of our libraries are open until 2am (Sunday - Thursday) throughout term time.

  • Summer term  - 2 May - 16 June 2022 (25 April for James Cameron-Gifford Library)

Whilst our libraries will stay open until 2am, we encourage everyone to look after their health and wellbeing by setting achievable goals, taking regular breaks and getting plenty of sleep. It is important for health and safety reasons that you do not sleep in our libraries.

Outside of our library opening hours, study space is available at 24/7 computer rooms across our campuses.

University Card

Please bring your University Card for access to our libraries.

During extended opening hours, we will only be able to provide access to the library via University Card or the MyNottingham app. If you leave the library for a break, please make sure you have the MyNottingham app for re-entry.

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Which libraries?

The following libraries are open until 2am (Sunday - Thursday) during extended opening periods. 

Help us to provide a safe study environment by following the Safety on Campus guidance including advice on regular testing and wearing face coverings.


Library facilities and support

  • Study spaces can be booked via Click and Study until 8.45pm. After this time, all library spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis, including group spaces for collaborative working.
  • Books can be borrowed using the self-service machines. You will need your University Card.
  • You’re welcome to bring drinks and cold food into our libraries. Please only eat hot food in designated café areas.
  • If you have questions about finding resources or using facilities, our helpful Library staff (wearing blue lanyards) are available at enquiry desks until 9.45pm (Mon – Thu) and 4.45pm (Sun).
  • After 10pm, our library spaces are monitored by Octavian Security who carry out regular welfare walk rounds. You can get in touch with them by texting or calling the Text Noise mobile number displayed on posters throughout each library.



Studying and wellbeing top tips

Here are some of our top tips for making the most of your study time and looking after your wellbeing.

  • Start your studies as early as possible, set yourself an achievable target (such as a set number of chapters or words) and head home to get some rest once complete. 
  • Many of the lights in our libraries are movement activated. If the lights near you turn off, please move around to activate them. Please do not work in the dark.
  • The Support and Wellbeing Service are available to support you with your studies.

Study skills

  • Visit your Faculty’s Student Academic Skills Moodle for guidance and webinars on study strategies, including time management.
  • Download the HealthyU exams toolkit for guidance on preparing for assessments.
  • Utilise your playlists, the right music can really help you focus. We've created some custom playlists to help you get in the zone for studying. Give them a try.

Staying safe

  • For advice on planning your journey home, visit the Personal Safety and Student Safety webpages, which includes details of the Safer Taxi Scheme. Where possible, avoid travelling alone.
  • In an emergency, you can contact University Security by calling 0115 951 8888.
  • If you need support, or are concerned about your health or wellbeing, you can find useful contacts on the HealthyU website and notice boards in each of our libraries.



University of Nottingham Libraries

King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

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