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What is the Study Break Pass Scheme?

The Study Break Pass Scheme enables users to leave their belongings in the Library for a short period: up to 30 minutes. Where items have been left unattended for longer than 30 minutes, or no Study Break Pass is present, other users are encouraged to move these items aside to be able to use the study space themselves.

 How will it work?

  • You can pick up a Study Break Pass from the Library Helpdesk.
  • When you want a break, write down on the pass the time you have left your seat. You should leave this on your desk, so that is visible to other users and library staff.
  • If another user would like to use the desk, and 30 minutes has elapsed since the time indicated on the pass, they are free to move these belongings aside.
  • If you feel uncomfortable moving unattended belongings, please ask a member of library staff or the library security officer and they will move the items for you.
  • The passes have been designed for multiple use, so once you are finished with one, please return it to a member of staff, or keep it for your next visit to the Library.

 Why are we introducing this scheme?

There are three reasons for introducing this scheme:

1) To encourage users to take breaks without worrying that their belongings will be removed.

2) To encourage fair use of the library space and discourage users from 'reserving' desks with belongings for long periods of time, especially as study spaces are currently limited.

3) To encourage users to 'study healthy' and take a break from their work.

Is there anything else I need to know?

  • Any belongings left in the Library are done so at the user's own risk - the Library does not take responsibility for any items that are unattended.
  • You should always take valuable belongings with you when you leave the Library (e.g. purses, phones, devices, laptops etc.)
  • If belongings are left without a study pass, they may be moved to one side before the 30 minute time limit as fellow library users, staff and security will have no way of knowing how long they have been left there.

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