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Space Hog

Hedgehog 'space-hog'

Space Hog campaign

We acknowledge that Library study space is limited and in high demand. Because we know how valuable it is to you, we are raising awareness of our rules about leaving desks unattended, and asking our Library community to be considerate to others and not hog study spaces.

This applies to all Library spaces, however, we are operating the Space Hog flyer system to target our two busiest areas, the Main Library building (floors 3, 4 and 5) and Learning Grid Rootes.

Space Hog cosmology - how it works

As well as our Library staff looking out for unattended spaces, we need you to tell us if a desk is being hogged by using our text service.

  • In Learning Grid Rootes - Text ‘HOG’ plus ‘the location being hogged’ to 07876 876 946
  • In the Main Library building - Text ‘HOG’ plus ‘the desk number being hogged’ to 07788 351 382

The Space Hog flyer system will then be rolled out as follows:

  1. First we issue a Watch this Space notice on unattended spaces.
    • You can leave a space for up to 30 minutes, so if you are just orbiting the Library or Rootes don’t worry; read about our Space Hog campaign, discard this notice and thanks for being a considerate member of our Library community!
  2. A Don’t be a Space Hog notice can be issued on spaces left unattended for longer than 30 minutes.
    • This indicates that the space has been made available for others to use. Items left unattended can be moved to one side but should not be removed altogether by anyone other than their owner

If you return to a space that has been re-occupied, collect your belongings and find somewhere else to work. If you have any questions raise them with our Library staff, not with the person now using the space.

If you are unsure if you can reoccupy a space, look for Houston the Hog – this means a member of Library staff has made it available for you to use.

Space explorer

Have you explored all of our Library managed study spaces? The Library’s facilities include:

as well as, for postgraduates and researchers,

For opening hours visit study spaces.

If you still can’t find somewhere to work in our Library spaces, please ask a member of the Library team, they may be able to help.

Quick links

View space availability Study space availability
Study space is in high demand across our Library facilities. Use our traffic light system to help you find a space.

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 Extra space Extra study spaces for term three
More spaces available in the Library.

Alternative study space Alternative campus space
Need help finding alternative study space on campus? Have you explored the rest of the campus?

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 View calendar Book a desk
The pilot of the desk reservation system in a designated area of the floor 3 extension.


Hyperlink  Keep it SafeKeep it safe logo
To raise awareness of the importance of the safety of your personal belongings.