This article will inform you on group study room bookings at the University of Portsmouth library.

The University of Portsmouth library offers a range of group study rooms rooms that can be booked on specific conditions.

Please note: to use the room booking system referred to below when off campus you will need to use VPN or the web proxy as described on our Work Anywhere page


The following Library facilities can be booked for use by groups who need to work together on projects.

Library group study rooms

  • Located on the 1st and 2nd floors
  • These rooms may be booked for:
    • Group study rooms may not be booked for individual study.
    • Different group study rooms are different sizes. While all have display screens, the exact equipment and the maximum group size that can share the rooms varies. Details are available through the online booking system. Click on the blue (i) icon beside each room for full details.
    • In some group study rooms you need to supply a laptop. Laptops may be borrowed from the lockers on the ground floor. You may also need to provide your own VGA or HDMI connecting cable to use the display screen.

You can also watch a video guide to the Library Group Rooms which presents the facilities in the rooms as well as booking instructions.

Meetings room

  • Located on the ground floor.
  • Can be booked for a group (seats up to 11 people): this may not be used for individual study.
  • Includes projector and PC for use by the group.


  • Each room can be booked for 1 hour. You can book two 1-hour-long bookings together but you will be issued two PINs - one for each hour of your booking.
  • You can make a maximum of 7 bookings a week.
  • The person who booked the room should be present for the time of the booking period and remains responsible for the group’s use of the room during the booking.
  • Please clear your room 5 minutes prior to the end of the booking period, so it is ready for the next group.

Booking using the kiosk

  • Bookings can be made up to 14 days in advance, using the kiosk.
  • When you make a booking on the kiosk, you will be issued a receipt noting the room number, date and time as well as your PIN. You will need to keep the receipt until you are ready to claim your room. You can share the PIN with the other members of your group.

Booking online

  • Bookings can be made up to 14 days in advance, using the online booking system.
  • When you make a booking online, you must take a note of the room number, date, time and your PIN as you will need it to claim your room. You can share the PIN with the other members of your group.

To claim a room booked online or by kiosk

  • To claim your room, go to the room you have booked. The door controller will read Room booked and ready. Scan card. Scan your student/staff card on the door controller and key in the PIN.
  • If you are not able to claim the room in person, another member of your group can scan their student/staff card and key in the PIN.
  • If a room is not claimed within 15 minutes of the booked time it will be freed up for booking by other users. You will be asked to leave the room if someone else books it.
  • If you have booked to use the same group study room for two 1 hour bookings, you will have two PINs issued to you. To claim the study room for the second hour, remember to re-scan the door controller at the start of the second hour.

Booking using the door controller

  • You can book yourself into a room using the door controller at any time, providing no-one else has booked the room online, and after 15 minutes if the group who booked it do not turn up. The door controller will show Room available and you will be asked to scan your card.
  • Scan your student/staff card on the door controller: if the room is available, you will be offered options to book for 1 hour, or until the room is next booked.

I no longer need the booking: What can I do?

  • If you no longer need the room, please go onto the online booking system or onto the room booking kiosk, type or scan in your Library account number and cancel the booking. This frees up the session for another person and it means that you will not be recorded on the system as ‘no show’ for this booking.
  • If you no longer need the room, you must cancel the booking before the booking slot starts. You will not be able to cancel the booking if the booking slot has already started.
  • If you have too many ‘no shows’, you will be prevented from using the booking system for a period of time.

For more information visit the group study rooms page on the library website


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