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Alternative Study Spaces

Because the Library and Computer Suite are intended for individual quiet study, other spaces in College can also be made available for more infomal study, or for intensive group work.

Seminar rooms can be booked, on a same-day basis only, at the Conference Office in Garden Court. These could be an excellent additional facility as long as you make sure that you vacate them on time if asked to do so, and leave them in perfect condition. We could not continue to offer these rooms as group study spaces if supervisors (who are the main users) were to find their work hampered by other users. The Conference Office is not staffed at the weekend, so you can make seminar room bookings for Saturday / Sunday on a Friday. If you have booked such a room, but know you are not going to use it, please e-mail conference@sid.cam.ac.uk during the week, or porters@sid.cam.ac.uk at the weekend, so that the room can be made available for someone else.

One seminar room (Jesus Lane 22) is accessed in a different way, by signing out one of six keys from the Porters' Lodge.

The Sidney Bar should be open for study from 10am during term. During vacations it will be needed for other functions.

During Easter Term 2019, the Knox-Shaw Room and certain small rooms will also be available as exam practice / quiet study environments. At those venues, and at other places around College, you will find detailed availability timetables for the current and coming week.

Exceptionally, during Easter term 2019, the Mong Hall, normally used for quiet study and exam practice, will not be available at all.

For the Knox-Shaw Room, our aim is to limit any extraneous bookings as much as possible, so that you can be confident of finding the room available to you on a regular pattern. Some events, which could not be re-located elsewhere, will still be held there: on such occasions, it will be necessary to clear the venue. To help you plan your studies in advance, links to two pdf timetables for 2019 are below. Revisions to these timetables will be advised by e-mail and incorporated in a new edition of the timetable:

Study space timetable for 2019 weeks 1-2, 3rd edition (pdf, 209kb)

Study space timetable for 2019 weeks 3-8, 4th edition (pdf, 256kb)

Following consultation with SSCSU Welfare Officers, there are opportunities to do exam practice in both mornings and afternoons.

Since the rooms available to us for exam practice in 2019 are so small, a booking system will operate. Full details of days and times are available on the timetables, and the method for booking exam practice sessions has been circulated by e-mail to those who asked to participate.

Everybody’s co-operation will ensure that the periods of exam practice are respected, so that everybody has the opportunity of practicing whole papers or sections of papers under relatively realistic exam conditions: so no laptops, no talking, no walking in and out, and if you only intend to sit part of an exam, please sit at the back so as not to disturb your fellow students who are in it for the long haul.

Please book exam practice slots only if you intend to take an exam paper.

If none of the Sidney-based options quite meet your needs, you could consult the University Library's "Spacefinder" resource.

There are many faculty and department libraries which admit all members of the University, regardless of the subject of their study or research. Study in other college libraries, however, is allowed only with the permission in advance of that college's librarian, which is unlikely to be granted in Easter Term.

In addition to other Sidney rooms, and other libraries, there are other Computer Suites managed by the University. Such a facility is sometimes called a Managed Cluster, a Managed Cluster Service / Room / Site, or an MCS. It may also be referred to as a PWF (Public Workstation Facility), a term used in previous years. See here for Information on Managed Cluster Services