lobby the university to extend opening times and booking slots for Hartley Library.

Emily Campbell-King submitted on

Thursday 29th October 2020


Whilst the university has taken appropriate actions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 on campus, current restrictions at Hartley Library are inhibiting opportunities for proper focus and study amongst students.

Current booking slots are not long enough to settle into a work space and properly focus on work. This is made worse by the queues and under-trained check-in procedure at the door. Although the booking slots are intended to be used by students with in-person lectures on campus to fill gaps in their timetable, the library is not being filled by these students due to the hassle of booking, the fact that lectures finish at quarter to the hour and not on the hour (which is the only time you can enter Hartley library), the hostility provided by library staff, and the availability of cafes and other seating areas. I believe that the current restrictions at Hartley Library are too strict and inflexible for proper use.

Students are resorting to other study locations on campus, mainly building 100, for longer stays, where students are keeping to their social distancing, mask-wearing and desk-cleaning habits without a check-in procedure or persistent authority present. There is, therefore, little reason for the much stricter controls on Hartley library, which is extremely empty anyway. There is huge demand for proper study spaces currently and the university is letting down students who cannot focus at home. I encourage SUSU to lobby for longer booking slots and a less formal check-in procedure.


Here, you can view the complete set of official responses from the sabbatical officers regarding this submission.

Students' Union replied on

Friday 6th Nov 2020 10:59am

Thank you for your submission. 

Prior to this submission we received feedback from students asking for longer booking slots. We had meetings with the Library's team and the booking slots have now been extended. You can find out more here: 


With regards to study spaces, these are the buildings with available study spaces. Not all require bookings, or are restricted by time limits: 



Kind Regards,


VP Education and Democracy 


  • Forwarded to Vice President Education and Democracy

    Friday 30th Oct 2020 10:35am


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