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Using The Library

Library Opening Hours

Study Space

Library atrium and central staircase taken on first floorOur world-class library has a variety of study space options. We have over 1200 seats (including different kinds of seating), bookable private study rooms, an entire floor for silent study, dedicated spaces for postgraduate and research students, and hundreds of thousands of books (plus a huge range of online resources). 

Every floor offers high-speed Wi-Fi, multi-functional devices (for printing, scanning and photocopying) and catalogue only PCs. The Library is also home to the Walsingham Garden Room and Café. The café's opening hours can be found on the Catering opening hours page.

Our Lower Ground Floor is a well-lit space that has computers (including Apple Mac computers), social booths and tables for working. The Walsingham Garden Room and Café is also found on this floor. For the Café opening hours, see the Catering opening hours.

Panorama of library cafe

Ground floor from central staircaseOur Upper Ground Floor is the perfect space for quiet group work. There are booths and tables for groups to work at and individual work spaces too. 

It also has our:
  • Library Foyer - an area with tables and chairs before the entrance barriers to the library
  • Welcome Desk
  • Print journals
  • Laptop loans machine - where you can borrow a laptop for 4-hours at a time


Computers and bookshelves in school experience areaOur First Floor is a quiet floor, and is a good floor for individual and quiet group work. There are PC’s, tables and booths. You can eat cold snacks here too. 

You will also find: 
  • Adjustable desks – you can move the desk up and down to get to the height you want
  • School Experience area – this area has our school experience collection and PC’s with additional software. For more information on what software these PC’s have, look at our Software installed in School Experience PCs doc.
  • Bookable study rooms – they hold up to five people and have a whiteboard and computer. For more information on study rooms visit our Book a Study Room page 
  • Postgraduate room - this quiet shared study room has six PCs (four of which are on adjustable height tables)
  • Computer training suites - Rooms 1.29 and 1.30 are computer training suites that hold 23 PCs in each room. The rooms can be used as quiet shared PC suites if training sessions aren’t running. They are accessible between 8am and 4pm (term-time)
  • AV Resources Team (AVR) - they offer services and resources to students and staff, including loaning out media equipment, printing posters, and help with binding. For more information on the what they offer please visit the AVR Moodle page or email them.

Computers and desks near central staircase

Our Second Floor is a whisper only floor and is a good space for individual working. You may consume lidded drinks but no food is to be consumed.

This floor also has: 
  • Bookable study rooms – for information on these rooms, including how to book, visit our Book a Study Room page 
  • Archives and Special Collections – this area has an archive room and rare books, original documents and artefacts. For more information on this area, please visit our Using the Archives page
  • Rolling shelves - for help on using our rolling shelves, watch our Rolling shelves video below

Study tables next to windowsOur Third Floor is our silent study area and is recommended for people who wish to focus on their studies without distraction.

You may have lidded drinks but no food on this floor.

The floor also has: 
Two Silent PC Rooms - Weston Study Room and the Maurice & Hilda Laing Study Rooms – these are large silent shared study rooms at opposite ends of the floor that have individual study desk and PC’s
Two TVs with VCR players

Adjustable desks – you can move these desk up and down to get to the height you want

On every floor we have: Braille signs, toilets for everyone and MFDs
  • water fountains 

  • toilets, including accessible toilets 

  • Multi-Functional Devices (MFDs), which you can use to print, scan and photocopy

  • quick use PC’s, which you can use for twenty minutes 

  • catalogue use PC’s, which you can use to search the library catalogue

  • select top image for larger view of facilities.

We also have: Various seats - benches, booths, chairs
  • a stationery vending machine on the 1st floor; coffee and food based vending machines on the lower ground floor 

  • four self-service machines and two book returns machines on the upper ground floor 

  • Welcome Desk – where you can go to with all your enquiries 

  • a range a different seating options (select image for larger view of our seating options).

The University of Roehampton are working with AccessAble to provide detailed Access Guides to the buildings, services, accommodation and rooms accross the four different colleges. 

Please see the Access Guide for the Library

What We Have

Introduction to the Library collections

The Library’s goal is to maintain and develop a collection that supports students and staff at the University. The selection of resources for our collection is a collaborative process between academic staff, students and library staff. The Library will make sure the resources selected and managed are relevant, engaging, and support the curriculum.

The Library manages collections to enable students and staff to participate in the development and dissemination of world-class knowledge and ideas. To support the ways in which our students learn, we aim to have a broad selection of books and journals available digitally, enabling wider access and providing access to distance learners. Print and digital are equally important to us: to support the full range of learning styles, we are committed to continuously developing our print collections. 

How we purchase

The Library has a goal to provide the books our students need and want. The Library has a policy to make available anything added to Resource Lists by academic staff. Academics help us support students with their learning by designating resources as essential reading, further reading, or reading for independent study. If a book is marked as essential on a resource list, we will make an effort to stock more copies. We aim to purchase eBooks for essential and further reading and keep our collections current by buying new editions as soon as they become available. 

We track book usage and we will buy more copies if an items is in demand, regardless of whether it is on a Resource List. Students and staff can also submit requests for items they want that are not available in the Library, either as an Inter Library Loan or by suggesting them for purchase.

The Resource Lists provide directions to start exploring the wide variety of resources accessible through the Library independently, both on the shelves and digitally. The Library manages an online collection of over 130 databases of eJournals containing articles, videos, abstracts, and provides guidance on how to explore journals

Special Collections

The University of Roehampton's rich history also means that we have extensive Archives and Special Collection on site, which you can read more about on the Special Collections page.

The University of Roehampton Library is one of the few in the UK to have a School Experience Collection available for students to use. It includes about 20,000 ​children’s books (fiction, poetry and nonfiction), story sacks, puppets and big books for storytelling, maths equipment​, science resources, religious artefacts, and teaching packs.

Looking for a resource that we do not have?

We try have as many books, journals and articles as possible to support learning, teaching and research at the University. However, there may be times when you need something we don't have. There are a number of ways we can help you:

  • If you request an Inter Library Loan, we'll try to borrow the item from another library.
  • If you think there's a book we should have in the library you can fill out our Suggest a Book form.
  • You can visit over 170 academic libraries in the UK using the SCONUL scheme.

You can also contact us.

Donations Policy

We appreciate that staff, students or external stakeholders may sometimes wish to donate books, periodicals or other materials to the Library. Whilst we understand the motivations behind this, it is usually not cost-effective for us to accept donations unless they very significantly enhance our collections to support the teaching, learning and research needs of the University.

Please see our complete Donations Policy below.

Computer & Laptops

The Library building is now open for Roehampton students, alumni and staff. Please note some of our services have been temporarily adjusted. To find out more, please see our Library Building is Open information page.

In the library we have a total of 221 computers available for use. 

You can look for free PC’s by checking PCs available on each floor.

The computers and laptops share much of the same software. The PC’s in our School Experience area and the Apple Macs in the Café area also have some more specialist software. You can find out what software we have on our computers by looking at these lists (all pdf documents): 

As well as our standard PCs, on each floor we have: 

  • Two quick access PC’s – these will automatically log you out after 20 minutes so are great if you have something quick to do 

  • Two catalogue PCs – these are set up for catalogue use only, so you can search our catalogue without logging on to a computer  

Photo of computers in room 1.29

Many of our study rooms have computers with large screens, which are great for group work.

We also have two training suites, rooms 1.29 and 1.30, which hold 23 PCs in each room. 

The rooms can be used as quiet shared PC suites if training sessions aren’t running. They’re open daily between 8am and 4pm. 

Students can log into our computers and laptops using their usual Roehampton login and password. 

Student taking laptop out of laptop lockerSome of our services have been temporarily adjusted. To find out more, please see our Library Building is Open information page.

We have 60 self-service laptops that students can borrow, which can be found on the upper ground floor. To see what software is available on these, view our Software on Library PCs and 4-hour laptops document.

Laptops can be borrowed for up to four hours. You can borrow one laptop at a time and as soon as you’ve returned one, you can take out another. You can do this as many times as you like. See our how to borrow a laptop and how to return a laptop graphics or speak to a member of staff for help using this service.

For security and privacy, all your work will be deleted from the laptop as soon as you close the lid or the laptop runs out of battery. Make sure you save your work regularly, using a USB or cloud storage - like your free Roehampton University OneDrive account.  

Students can log into our computers and laptops using their usual Roehampton login and password. 

If you are a staff member who wants to borrow a laptop, please contact AV Resources (AVR). More information can also be found on the AVR Moodle page. 

Library Workshops & Training Materials

​The Academic Achievement Team is committed to helping students realise their academic potential and move towards becoming independent learners. 

Whatever stage you are at in your studies: foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate - we are here to help.​

We have created a range of online resources in our Learning Skills Hub to help you achieve your goals. We also run workshops during the term and offer an online bookable drop-in service


We are:

  • 2 Academic Achievement Advisors
  • 1 Academic Achievement Librarians 
  • 1 Academic Achievement Advisor specialising in SPSS and NVivo in regards to analysing data and understanding statistical tests.

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