Book a seat or room

The Library has a range of study spaces, some of which are bookable and others which are open access. You can plan your time up to two weeks in advance by booking a seat or a group study room. If you would rather not book a specific seat, that's fine too, simply find a seat which is non-bookable. Please note, you no longer need to check-in and check-out of your booked seat - but this is still required for our Group Learning Rooms. 

Bookable seats & spaces:

These seats and spaces must be reserved ahead of your visit with our booking system:

  • Reading Room including the Mezzanine (Silent Study)
  • Post Graduate Lounge (2nd Floor)
  • All Group Study Rooms including the Family Room

Open-access seats:

Our open-access seats do not require booking ahead of your visit. Please use any of the available seats:

  • Ground Floor
  • 1st Floor
  • 2nd Floor
  • 3rd Floor
  • 4th Floor
  • 5th Floor
  • 6th Floor
  • 7th Floor including the large Observatory tables

Bookable spaces are numbered by their floor, space and location. If you want to know where your seat is located, please look at the floor maps below. 

Library spaces are available in line with our opening hours. Availability can be seen when booking a seat on our webpages. 

Laptops can be borrowed from our laptop loans cabinet located on the first floor of the Library. Laptops will issue for a maximum of eight hours. Cleaning supplies are provided. 

Group Learning Rooms can be used for collaborative working or for video conferencing. Each room has occupancy information detailed when booking. You will need to check in and check out of your Group Study Room as you arrive and leave. Failure to check in will lose your booking. Instructions for check in and check out are sent to your University email address when you book a seat.

The Family Room is designed to help support you to work in the Library when accompanied by children. Children must not be left unsupervised at any time in the University Library. The Family Room is closed at 8pm every day, and is not bookable outside of library staffed hours.

Group Learning Rooms and the Family Room can be booked for up to 4 hours per day by following the links below. If you need a group study room for a longer duration of time or are concerned at all about Covid19 please contact the Library or talk to a member of staff for support. 

Seat information & maps

Find out where our bookable seats are and which have a computer: 


Check in and check out of Group Learning Rooms

If you have booked a Group Learning Room, you need to check-in and out. When you arrive at the room, you must check in by following the link in your confirmation or reminder email.

Alternatively, you can check in by scanning the QR code available on posters in the room. If you are unable to scan the QR code, simply visit the Seat and Space Bookings Portal. For both these methods, you will need the three digit code that was emailed to you on booking. 

Scanning a QR code is really easy on most Apple and Android mobile phones - just point your camera app at the code. Some older mobiles will require you to install an app to do this, simply search 'QR reader' on the Google Play or Apple App Store to find an app. 

Service eligibility

This service is only available for University of Hull students and staff. At this time we are unable to offer bookable space to day visitors

Study spaces for Associate Members of the Library are available throughout the building. If you wish to book in advance please contact a member of staff for support. 

The SCONUL Access scheme is open. University of Hull students wishing to access other institutions should visit the SCONUL website for more information on how to apply. Study spaces are now available throughout the Library for visiting students from other institutions (after their application has been processed). If you wish to book in advance, please contact a member of staff for support. 

On arrival, you must check into your booked seat with a member of staff at the Welcome desk. 

Service availability 

Please check the opening hours to see when bookable study space is available.

Library spaces are deep cleaned daily by our cleaning team; however, this may not coincide with customer bookings.  Cleaning materials are available for customers to clean their space before and after use.

On the day of your seat booking

  • Enter the library via the turnstiles, using your university card to gain entry.
  • Go directly to your booked seat or space. If you have booked a Group Learning Room, on arrival you must check in to your room
  • If you fail to check in within 30 minutes of your expected arrival time your booking will be cancelled by the system. 
  • Cleaning materials are available on all floors for customers to clean their space before use. 
  • If you require a change to your scheduled appointment time, please contact us via Library Live Chat, Facebook or Twitter. 
  • Marked printers are available for use.
  • If you require any Library materials during your stay, you may browse the collection. 
  • Toilet facilities are clearly marked and available on each floor.
  • Hand sanitising units and cleaning stations are placed throughout the building for your use. 
  • Seats and spaces must be vacated promptly at the end of each booking and cleaning materials are available for customers to clean their space after use. 
  • When you leave, you should check out if you have booked a Group Learning Room. This is so the space can become available for use by others. 


We ask that you do not attend any appointments if you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of Covid-19.