Exploring your local libraries – alternative study spaces in an area near you!

Everyone loves to use the Warwick Library for studying – it provides everything you need from well-equipped computers, it’s open all day, every day and a very large collection of books that caters for all your study needs. However, have you ever considered using a local library?…by Kayvon Taee 

University of Warwick offers many study spaces, from Rootes Learning Grid to the library itself, so there’s no doubt that you get plenty of choice to find a space to get some work done! However, during peak times (especially in term 3!), public transport can make travelling to campus more difficult. But fear not, for your local library has got your back – read on for some alternative study spaces in a place near you!

Coventry Central library

Many students live in Coventry due to good access to public transport (trains to London and the beloved 12x bus!), plenty of shops to choose from and a great nightlife. The Coventry Central library is great place as it’s conveniently located to where all the shops are, so you even do your weekly shop after you finished studying for the day! It’s also open Monday to Sunday, meaning you can choose any day of the week to work there! They also offer a good collection of books in foreign languages from Bengali to Vietnamese if you want to learn a second language too! For those who practice their faith, there is even a multifaith prayer room! If you want more information, visit their website.

Coventry University library

For those of you living at the city centre, consider Lanchester library! Located at the heart of the city, it has a larger collection than any other community libraries. As a Warwick student, you can access the Coventry library via the SCONUL scheme! While it is open for 24-hours, be aware it you will not be able to use the computers and the books are to be used for reference only, so make you bring a laptop to reap the full benefits! For further information about the SCONUL scheme, please visit the library website.

Earlsdon library

Many students who live in Coventry choose to live in Earlsdon, as the rents are cheaper compared to the rest of Coventry and Leamington. It also has a more of a “homely” feel to it, as it has a strong local community. Ironically, the library is also run by the local community! It has decent opening hours during the weekdays but it is much shorter on the weekends. Best days to go are Mondays and Tuesdays, as the opening hours are longer. It’s also a great way to be exposed to Coventry during its earlier times as much of the architecture has remained since first opening. If you’d like more information about what Earlsdon library can offer you and how you can support them, be sure to visit their website!

Leamington library

Ah Leamington! While it is the most expensive place to live compared to Coventry, many students feel it’s worth paying for given it has the largest Warwick student population! It has a great night life, beautiful scenery and an awesome library! For a local library, it’s surprisingly very well equipped – it’s open everyday with plenty of activities, a safe space if you need it and plenty of study spaces to be used! As it’s located at the parade, you’ll have plenty of options to stock up on study snacks if you want to, as well as a short walk to the beautiful Leamington park, which is a great way to relieve stress! For those doing studying engineering/computer science subjects will be delighted to know that Leamington library has dedicated technology spaces, where you can use software to code, program robots, design virtual reality (VR) and even perform 3D design! Even if you aren’t studying these subjects and want to practice these skills, the library also has a dedicated book collection for those interested in learning technology! Doesn’t it sound awesome? If you want more info on Leamington library, you can the visit their website!

My local library – Dartford library!

Exploring your local libraries – alternative study spaces in an area near you!
Dartford library’s book collection and study space

I have saved my favourite local library for last – Dartford library! This library is close to my heart as it’s situated in my hometown! Whenever I came home from Warwick during the holidays, I would often study here as an alternative work space. Even though it may be far for some of you, it is a library filled with rich history! I remember fondly going with my brother using the computers after eating subway and reading the large fiction collection! This library is very special, as it is connected to the Dartford Museum as well as the Sir Peter Blake gallery (featuring many wonderful art sculptures!).  I always love to explore the Dartford museum and gaze at my town’s history during my study breaks. It helps me feel more connected to my background and to reflect on my academic journey thus far. I then become re-energised and feel very motivated to have a productive study session! If you want to support Dartford library, please like their Facebook page and visit their website for more information.

Exploring your local libraries – alternative study spaces in an area near you!
Sir Peter Blake Gallery

While local libraries may not have as expansive collections, study space availability, convenient opening hours or the most up-to-date computers, they all have something unique to offer. For Earlsdon, it’s supporting the local community and learning more about Coventry in its earlier days. For Leamington, it’s super convenient to have everything you need at the same spot. As for my hometown, it opens the doors to the heart of Dartford, all in one place. Try using a local library in your hometown or neighbouring cities, as they can often provide a great substitute for Warwick’s library when you’re at home during the holidays. I do highly recommend you visit a local library at least once throughout your studies – you may just discover something new!

Exploring your local libraries – alternative study spaces in an area near you!
Dartford Museum

That’s all from me, I’m going to head to my library to work on my next blog, coming soon!

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