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Library Services 2020/2021

Study Spaces

COVID-19 and Study Space arrangements for academic year 2020/21

  • There is no drop in access to library study spaces in 26 York Street or Beaumont Hospital this year. For learning communities scheduled to use study spaces in the libraries in York Street, Beaumont Hospital and Ardilaun Block B please see the schedules here.
  • Please note unscheduled access to the libraries in York Street and Beaumont Hospital and to the study spaces in Ardilaun Block B is not permitted.
  • Social distancing measures are in place and all study spaces reflect this. Library users must follow RCSI health and safely protocols in all study spaces and can keep up-to-date with changes to onsite health and safety protocols through Moodle, the student app and onsite signage.
  • The Heritage Collections in the Mercer Building remain closed until further notice.


StudyTime, a new system to support individual study space bookings is now live for spaces in 26 York St & Ardilaun Block B.

Spaces can be booked up to two days in advance.

Students must pre-book study spaces to be allowed access to these areas.

Your login for StudyTime is your RCSI network username and password.  Your username is your RCSI email prefix e.g.  Your password is your network password.  If you don't know or have forgotten your RCSI network details please contact the IT Helpdesk,, Tel: 01 402 2273.

Watch the video below to see how to book a study space or cancel your booking.

26 York St & Beaumont

Guidelines for Using RCSI Study Environments

Study environments are a shared communal resources.  We have a shared responsibility to maintain safety measures when using these spaces to protect student health and wellbeing. You should: 

  • Only visit the study environments if you have a pre-booked seat.  If you have any COVID-19 symptoms please do not come into these spaces. 

  • Observe 2m physical distancing by using the designated seats in the study environments and keep to the one way systems, entrance/exit guidelines. 

  • Adhere to the clean in/clean out policy when using study spaces.  Use the cleaning kits to disinfect your workspace before you sit down to study and again when you are leaving the space. 

  • Wear a face covering at all times. 

  • Maintain good hygiene practices – respiratory/cough etiquette, regular hand washing and using hand sanitiser in between. 

  • Take all personal belongings and materials with you when leaving the communal study environments. 

  • Leave the seat when your booked time is up and do not reserve it by leaving personal belongings or any other means.

  • Take regular breaks and leave the area after two hours for a minimum of 15 minutes to get fresh air.

Mercer Medical Centre COVID 19 Information for RCSI Students 


You must use the online booking system to reserve a study space.

Bookings can be made up to 2 days in advance. You should only attend if you have a confirmed booking.

Students from these groups have access to the study environments: Foundation Year, Medicine Years 1-5, Pharmacy Years 1-5, Physiotherapy Years 1-3, GEM 1 & 2, Physician Associate Yr 1, MSSP and Postgraduate Research Students.


Times can be booked within the hours 07:00 - 22:00 Monday to Sunday at:

Silent Study Zone, Level 2, 26 York St    

Capacity: 50 individual study spaces

Collaborative Study Zone, Level 2, 26 York St  

Capacity: 40 individual study spaces

Postgraduate Suite, Level 2, 26 York St

Capacity: 8 individual study spaces

Computer Room, Level 1, 26 York St

Capacity: 8 individual study spaces

RCSI Library, Beaumont Hospital 

Capacity: 60 individual study spaces


Spaces are also available from 07.00-22.00 Monday to Sunday [changing to 08.00-18.00 Monday to Friday from 7th June] at:

Level 3, Ardilaun Block B

Capacity: 58 individual study spaces