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The library building is sited on Alexandra Square, at the heart of the campus. It is open to members of the University and for public access.
We are open 24 hours and 7 days a week during term time, with reduced hours during vacation periods. The library building provides open access for all to use our print collections and study spaces. Community members can join the library to borrow from our print collections.
Access to the building is restricted for Lancaster University members in the evening and overnight and requires a University card for door entry. Staff and students can also book study spaces in advance of their visit from our booking page.
Library floors and noise
- A Floor: collaborative and conversation
- B Floor: self-guided but considerate. Reading room: silent
- C Floor: Silent
Please take note of the noise level expectations when visiting the Library and be mindful of those studying around you.
Explore the library
A wide range of individual and group study spaces, dedicated postgraduate and family friendly study space. Specialist areas for support and collaboration in research and learning.
The view across the atrium, with the library tree in the foreground and print collections behind. Study next to the tree on A floor or looking out from the balconies on B and C floors.
Individual and group study on C floor
With over 1400 individual study spaces and 50 bookable group study rooms, there is plenty of choice within the library.
Informal study on A floor
The study area on A floor with a living wall and dramatic lampshades, is a popular informal space to study.
The research labs on A floor provide flexible space for workshops and collaborative research activity and other events.
The leisure reading area on A floor holds a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, available to read in the library or for loan.
A selection of plants from one of our living walls. The living walls and our library tree, called Norma, are a stunning feature of the library. They create a calm and inviting background for our study spaces as well as directly benefiting the internal environment. You can help to care for the plants by picking up a mister and giving them a spray.
Joining the library
The library is open to all for access and borrowing from our print collections. Staff and students automatically become members upon joining the University and have full access to our print and digital collections. Find out more about access for alumni, NHS members and public access, including free community membership.Further information about joining the library