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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 safety

You are responsible for keeping your belongings safe. Please don’t leave valuables unattended.

Students walking in Rootes study space'

Additional study spaces for term 3

You said, we did:

In response to the exceptionally high demand for study space in term 3, we have created extra spaces for you in the Main Library and Learning Grid Rootes:


You said: The Main Library is extremely popular, particularly the quiet areas on floors 3, 4 and 5, where spaces are in high demand

We did: We have listened to your comments and have made available:

  • 35 extra spaces for quiet study in the Training Room until midnight each day when it is not required for Library training events

You said: Rootes Learning Grid is a popular choice for study – could more space be made available?

We did: To support you during term three we have considered the layout of the grid and have created:

  • 24 additional study spaces in the Presentation Rooms which will be available as individual quiet study areas

You said: It’s really frustrating when people reserve desk space with their belongings so other people can’t use it

We did: We are asking our Library community to be considerate of one another and managing the space that we have available through our improved Space Hog campaign.


You said: It’s hard to know which areas in the Library have space available

We did: We are trialling a new Space Availability system to flag which areas you can find empty spaces.

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.

Finding alternative study space on campus

Alternatively, there are other study spaces around campus:

  • Check what space your department has available
  • Informal/drop-down study spaces will be available across campus, including The Oculus, Sciences building concourse
    • The Oculus Building - periods not specifically booked are available for students to use for revision/studying. The screens outside each room will clearly state when is available and when existing bookings are to take place. If you use one of the rooms, please ensure that you have cleared your things away 5 minutes prior to the time the booked session is due to take place.
  • Check what space your department has made available
campus map

Hyperlink View term three study space availability.