Library and Platform

  • Library and Platform
    • A light and airy new home for all your library resources
    • Flexible learning spaces to meet the needs of all our students
    • 24-hour semester opening to ensure you have access at a time that suits you

    The library in the John Henry Brookes Building is an inspiring place for students to study, with lots of light, airy spaces and reading rooms with fantastic views. In addition to banks of PCs, all study spaces have power sockets, and Wi-Fi is available throughout – enabling users to stay connected to the resources of the e-library as well as to the internet.

    The library also offers a number of other services to help make your experience even more special.

    These services include:

    • 24-hour opening during semesters
    • self-service book loans available on all floors
    • online payment facility
    • a dedicated library twitter account to keep you updated on all things library.

    Varied learning spaces

    The library has a range of spaces designed to match your preferred working style:

    • silent areas for reflection and study
    • quiet spaces where you can work alone or maybe with a friend
    • busier zones for when you need more stimulation
    • bookable group presentation rehearsal rooms
    • informal group working spaces (see Platform below)
    • a graphics studio with computers and facilities dedicated to design.

    There is a main Help Zone which will includes a coaching area with AV equipment and a dedicated team of librarians to ensure you receive high quality advice for all your queries. There are also roving librarians to help with queries throughout all the library’s spaces.

    Collaborative working in the Platform

    With group work likely to play a key role in your studies, we have created a space especially for this function. Complementing the quiet and silent spaces in the Library, the Platform will be a more informal area. It will have specially designed furniture for working together around computer screens, informal seating with views across the Forum and vending machines.

    Complementing the quiet and silent spaces in the library, the Platform, sitting on top of the John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre, provides more informal areas for groups to work in. It has specially designed furniture to make working together easier, with large screens, casual seating with views across the Forum, and vending machines to keep your group fuelled. You can plug your own laptop, or one of the Chromebooks available for loan, into the screens to bring your presentation ideas to life.

    Special collections

    Oxford Brookes University houses a number of special collections, including the Booker Prize Archive, and the National Brewing Library.

    These unique collections are based in a specialist temperature-controlled basement of the library, where they’re be accessible to all our students.

    Full details about the library's services and facilities are available on the Library webpages.