Group & Quiet Study Facilities

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to get on with quiet study or somewhere you can carry out group work and discussion, the Bodleian Libraries offer a variety of different study spaces you can choose from. These pages focus on what study spaces are offered at the Bodleian Health Care Libraries to meet your needs.

Quiet study zones

At the Bodleian Health Care Libraries there are dedicated quiet zones with individual study carrels and easy access to plug points for laptop use.

Group study

The Cairns Library has a group study room and a group study pod. These are bookable for group work and discussion for slots of two hours. Both have seating for around six people and a large plasma screen which is easy to use – simply plug in your device. Bookings can be made for the same week by filling in the booking sheet outside each room.

The Knowledge Centre has a group study/training room. There’s seating for up to twelve people, with moveable furniture allowing flexible layout. You can use the data projector and projector screen and there are six laptops with access to networked data points. The room can be booked by calling the Knowledge Centre Help Desk on (01865 2)89410 or emailing

Training rooms

The IT training room at the Cairns Library is the Beeson Room. It is available to members of the University of Oxford for free but can also be booked by external users for a small fee. Please complete the Beeson Room Booking Form and return it to There are nine computers on the University of Oxford network (including the presenter's) and ten computers on the OUH network (including the presenter's). The room can accommodate 12 people boardroom-style, and 26 lecture-style. The room has a projector, amplifier and white board and there is Wi-Fi access available.

There are adjustable tables and chairs available in our study and training areas, to meet any personal requirements.
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