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Accessing Study Space


The library is only open for students and staff on campus and Royal Holloway students who are unable to study at home. You should only visit the library if absolutely necessary.

To access to the library you will need a valid College Card. Occupancy levels are managed by users registering with the NHS Test and Trace App on arrival or with your student or staff number at the reception desk. You do not need to prebook to use the library.

Once in the library you can access study space, printers, fixed PCs, loanable laptops for use in the library and browse and borrow from the collection. All study spaces are individual silent study, with the exception of the Online Lecture Engagement Room situated on the first floor, where study spaces are still individual but users are permitted to talk.


Other information:   

  • We ask that you strictly follow social distancing guidelines and the use of face coverings is mandatory when in the library, unless you have an exemption. If you have an exemption you can request a `Sunflower' card, lanyard or wristband through the 'Sunflower' request form.

  • Anyone using a study space with a PC must wear nitrile gloves provided at one of the cleaning stations throughout the Library and wipe down their study space before and after use. 

  • Users of this service must adhere to the College’s Covid-19 Health and Safety Code of Conduct. These conditions supplement the standard library regulations

  • By choosing to provide your information, you are agreeing to your data being shared as part of the NHS Test and Trace service in the event of another user testing positive for Covid-19. Your data will also be used for statistical and monitoring purposes. 

  • Data provided for Test and Trace purposes will be kept for no longer than 21 days. You can read more about how we use your data here

  • If you have any questions about this service or specific accessibility needs, please contact 


Founder's Reading Room: 

  • Founders Reading Room is open for individual, silent study. It can be accessed via the South Tower and will be open 24 hours a day providing you with a place to study overnight when the Emily Wilding Davison building is closed. The number of study spaces has been reduced to ensure social distancing is maintained. During teaching hours, the number of study spaces will be reduced further, while the room is used as an access route to teaching space. 
  • We ask you to follow the safety measures in place, including using the available QR code to register your presence, in line with test and trace requirements. The space is unstaffed, but will be regularly monitored. If you require emergency assistance, please contact Security on 01784 443888.