Study break cardIn response to student feedback, Library Services are introducing study break cards to give fair access to study space for all.

The second pilot of the Study Break Card scheme will operate at the Central Library from Wednesday 24 April through to Wednesday 26 June.

The scheme is intended to encourage library users to share the available study space effectively while also promoting student wellbeing.

How it works

Study Break Cards allow you to take breaks of up to 30 minutes without needing to clear your belongings from the desk you are using.

  • write the time that you take your break in a box on the front of the card (cards can be used up to 4 times)
  • leave the card clearly visible on the desk you are using
  • if you expect to be gone for more than 30 minutes clear your desk and take your belongings with you

If you are gone for more than 30 minutes, other library users may move your belongings aside and use the desk you have vacated. Our Library Attendants may also remove your items to a designated collection point. You may not reclaim the desk if you return after 30 minutes.

If a desk has been left unattended with no study break card you may text an Attendant and ask for the belongings to be moved on 020 7594 8883.

Study break cards are available at the Information Hub and on all levels.

Please remember to take your valuables with you every time you leave the library. Library Services cannot take responsibility for the security of personal belongings, see Conduct in the Library

Your feedback

Library staff welcome your feedback about the Study Break Card scheme - send your comments to or contact us via ASK the Library