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Study Spaces

There are a wide range of study spaces and additional areas on campus for you to learn and study. 

For the McClay Library check the updated opening hours here.

Your School's buildings located across the University may also have bookable rooms available for use. If you would like to book a room, you should make contact with your School Office or email with the details of your request.

Schools will consider individual booking requests on a case-by-case basis.

The University will keep the availability of all of these services and facilities under constant review. 

Browse below to find out more. 

Please find below a map of current study space locations available on campus:

Locations on campus showing study spaces available

View the map as a PDF

McClay Library & Libraries at Queen's

McClay library

Visit the Library Quickstart Guide to find out more information on online resources and services, study spaces, help & support and more.

You are advised to regularly check the Library Opening Hours and the McClay Library Occupancy to ensure that space is available. We encourage you to wear a face covering in any of the Library buildings, even when sitting at a study desk or PC. Face coverings are available at the McClay Library reception if you forget to bring one. Further information about Covid Safety can be found in the Library Quickstart Guide.

Study spaces are designed to suit the way you want to work, and there are a variety of spaces across all libraries.

Group Study Rooms are available and can be booked through Queen’s Online. Further detail about what is available in each room is available through the booking system.  

If you would like to visit Special Collections and Archives, please note that access is available on an appointment basis only. Please refer to the Special Collections webpages for further details. 

You can find out about locations of the libraries at Queen's and explore the McClay from your desktop or mobile using our 360 maps.

You can contact Library staff via our Enquiry DesksLibrary Chat, email or social media. Visit the Contact Us webpages to find further details.  

The Graduate School

Graduate School study area

The Graduate School remains open for essential study for Postgraduate students. To find out more details about opening hours, and how to book a study space in the Silent Study Area, please click here.

Queen's Students' Union - Elmwood

Queen's Students' Union - Elmwood is currently open Monday to Friday 8:30am-6:00pm. 

Students should email to confirm availability of the spaces as currently the SU Room booking system via QOL only permits Clubs and Societies committee members to book rooms.

Alternatively, students can call into SU Reception to check on space on available.

There is a maximum capacity for each room/space

  • Clubroom 2 = 2 people
  • Clubroom 3 = 4 people
  • Clubroom 4 = 6 people
  • Lounge = 20 + 6 (Kitchen area) people

As well as confirming with SU Reception students should scan the QR code displayed in each room/area  and complete relevant form for time spent in each space for each study period to ensure we have accurate track and trace records.

All areas being used should be cleaned before and after use by each student – cleaning kits are in available in each room/space.

Collage of four study spaces in QUBSU Elmwood which are available for study

Peter Froggatt Centre - Foyer

PFC Foyer

Maths & Physics Teaching Building - Foyer

Images of the ground floor of the Maths and physics teaching foyer

Junction & Breakout Area, Main Site Tower


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 Catholic Chaplaincy - Elmwood Avenue

Whitla Medical Building - Foyer

Whitla Medical Building Foyer


 David Keir Building - Student HubDKB Collage

Ashby Student Hub Breakout Area

Ashby Student Hub Breakout