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Study Zones

Study and learning areas are split into zones which operate on a traffic light system.

Red Zone:  Silent study areas, where there is no talking at all.  Hot/cold drinks are permitted, but no food or mobile phones.

Amber Zone:  Quiet study areas, where talking quietly is allowed.  Hot/cold drinks and cold food are permitted, mobile phones should be switched to silent.

Green Zone :  Group study areas, where talking is allowed, mobile phones are allowed but you should not disturb other people using the library.  Hot/cold drinks and cold food are permitted. 

Be mindful of those studying around you and choose the study area that rnost suits your needs.

Make sure you take a break! We have Headspace areas in our libraries and you will find mindfulness books, games and activities to help you unwind during the stressful exam and assignment times. 

Using computers in the Library

There are computers in all of our Libraries: Thompson Library, Blackheath Lane Library and the IT Centre and Shrewsbury Health Library. You can borrow a laptop from the Student Hub (ground floor Science Centre, Leek Road) via the Lapsafe cabinet. You will need your student card.

About our computers

Most are PCs running Windows 10, although there are also some Apple Macs available within the Thompson Library. Log on to any of the computers using your student username and password.  You will have access to a personal storage area from any of our computers meaning you can securely back up and retrieve your files from anywhere!

What software is available?

  • All PCs run Microsoft Office 365 plus a wide range of other software including some subject-specific software.
  • Some Apple Macs have specialist software for Art and Design students.
  • Some PCs in Thompson Library run specialist software for Engineering students.

As a student you are also eligible to download some software to use on your own computer.  This includes up to five free copies of Microsoft Office 365.  You can download SPSS and NVivo to use while you are a student here. You are also entitled to download a free copy of our anti-virus software, Sophos. 

All software can be found via our Software Downloads page. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the correct version for your device. 

Can I use my own computer?

  • We have suitable tables for using your own devices located throughout the Libraries and IT Centres. 
  • Connect your laptop to any of the unused electrical sockets across the library but please do not unplug any computers/printers that are already plugged in.
  • Airnet-Student is the University's wireless network service and is available to all students who have a valid username and password.
  • Eduroam Connect enables you to connect to the Internet using your laptop or mobile device at other participating institutions using your University username and password. 

Where can I print my work?

Print your work and collect from any printer across the campuses. You can also photocopy and scan using these same devices.

New students get £2 free print credit automatically credited to their printing account.