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Study Break Passes enable users to leave their belongings for a short period – up to 30 minutes – in the knowledge that they won’t be removed.
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.
The scheme was introduced on 1 October 2019.
Study Break passes are available to collect from the library helpdesk and the reasearch enquiries desk (RED).
When a user wants a break, they need to write down on the pass the time they have left their seat. The user should leave this on the desk in a manner 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 card, they are free to move these belongings aside.
If users feel uncomfortable moving unattended belongings, they are free to ask a member of library staff or the library security officer to move the items for them.
The passes have been designed for multiple uses, so once users are finished with them, they need to be returned to a member of staff.
The scheme is operational all year round and won't be restricted to busy periods.
The scheme is only running in the main library study spaces and not in the computer rooms. This also includes the seating in the library foyer.
There are three main reasons for introducing this new system:
to encourage users to take breaks without worrying their belongings will be removed
to stop 'desk-hogging' — we want to encourage fair use of the Library space and discourage users from using their belongings to 'reserve' desks for long periods of time
to encourage users to 'study healthy' and take a break from their work.
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.
Users should always take valuable belongings with them when they leave the library (eg purses, phones, devices, laptops etc).
If belongings are left without a pass, they may be moved (or removed) 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.
If the time indicated on the pass has been exceeded by a reasonable time, or there is a lack of study space available, then belongings may be removed and placed behind the helpdesk.
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