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Study Well this assessment period

29 April 2024

With the focus on assessments and exams this term, you may be feeling the pressure. 

We're here to help

  • The Philip Robinson Library is open 24/7 and the Walton Library and Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms are open until midnight
  • Our Academic Skills Team are offering a range of study skills sessions including revision techniques and effective exam prep
  • Library staff will be here to help you find available study spaces and manage them when it is busy
  • When you feel it is a little noisier than you expected you can contact our noise alert service and staff will investigate
  • Collaborative spaces and bookable group rooms are available in all of our libraries for the times when you prefer to talk through your work
  • The University study space app will help you identify other spaces available across campus
  • Support one another by taking your belongings with you when taking a longer study break 
  • Remember you need to bring your smartcard to swipe to enter and exit the building easily


Be mindful of others

Be mindful of others when you’re studying in the Library. If you’re sitting in a silent area and need to talk, please move to an alternative space so you’re not disturbing others. We know our buildings can get really busy so if you’re leaving for longer than 30 minutes, take your belongings with you so someone else can use the space, or use a locker available at Philip Robinson Library and Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms. Help keep our building environment clean for others to use by removing your rubbish, and observe the eating and drinking policy on our floors so that other people aren’t distracted.

Look after yourself

Did you know that the Library has books to support your wellbeing which you can borrow or read online? Be well@NCL collections are available to browse in the Philip Robinson, Walton and Law Libraries, with e-book versions available online where possible. The collection covers topics such as stress, anxiety, sleep problems, depression, low self-esteem, panic, eating disorders, anger and many more. Recommended and endorsed by the University’s student wellbeing therapy team, these books introduce techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness, as well as sharing personal stories and approaches to dealing with and managing difficult feelings and experiences.

So why not keep on top of your wellbeing by visiting the Library to browse the print titles or take a look at the Be well@NCL reading list online?

For those moments when you need to take a little time out, try Libby.  As a leisure reading tool, Libby allows you to discover magazines, audiobooks and e-books. Best of all, it is freely available to Newcastle University students and staff! You can stream titles with Wi-Fi or mobile data, or download them for offline use and read anytime, anywhere. See the Library’s FAQ for information on accessing and downloading Libby

Our Study Well@NCL page offers advice and ideas to support your wellbeing for those times when you may want to take a break from your studies. Have a look at our online Study/Wellbeing Kit which includes helpful study tips and activities to help you relax when you're taking time out. 

If you’re feeling stressed and anxious, there are a variety of wellbeing and support links including Student WellbeingChaplaincy and Pastoral Care Team and NUSU Student Welfare for help and advice both online and in person.

Last updated 29 April 14:00