Library non-traditional spaces: show and tell event (online and in-person)

To book your place at the ONLINE event click here

To book your place at the IN-PERSON event click here

** Please note: the joining instructions for the event will come via the hosts for the event and will not always be on Eventbrite.  Please look out for the email/calendar appointment from the hosts at Durham University. **

About this event

Date: Tuesday 4th July 2023
Time: 10.30 - 12.30 (main event)

Online places: 100 (closing date for bookings: 30th June 2023)
Online Platform: MS Teams (link to be sent by hosts)

In-person places: 19 (closing date for bookings: 23rd June 2023)
In-person location: Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull (see below for details of finding the university)

There will be four presentations, from staff at Hull, Sheffield, Warwick and York, followed by a Q&A panel with the presenters.

The Learning Spaces Special Interest Group is delighted to host a show and tell event, to explore themes around conception, implementation and operation of different non-traditional library spaces. We know there is growing interest in this area, and many of us have already developed spaces; often centred around a well-being theme. This is an opportunity to gain insight into some of the challenges and strategies experienced. After the presentations, there will be a combined Q&A session. Participants will also be invited to share a line about spaces they’ve developed to enable follow-up conversations.

  • Family Study Room: Take a virtual look around the new Family Study Room at the University of York and hear more about how the library team delivered this complex but rewarding new space for the student community. Presenter: Jackie Knowles. Assistant Director (Engagement and Customer Experience) University of York

  • Sensory Spaces: Are you considering the needs of neurodivergent students in your library? Have you been asked to consider developing spaces or environments that help provide a sense of calm and comfort and improve focus? Explore with us the challenges and benefits of developing sensory spaces in the library at University of Warwick. Presenter: Liz Gardner, Head of Client Services (Acting), University of Warwick 

  • Student Kitchen: At the University of Hull, students have been campaigning for a few years to access a microwave and hot water point within the Library spaces. Hear about our journey where student feedback helped inform the creation of a Student Kitchen space in the University of Hull Library. Presenter: Rachel Welch. Head of Customer Experience University of Hull 

  • Exhibition Space: We wanted to bring creating and communicating clearly into the Library and information literacy space. Located in Sheffield University’s Information Commons, we have piloted different ideas over the last year, many co-created with students to support the literacy of communicating by showcasing student outputs. Presenters: Deb Taylor, Teaching Development Librarian and Lorna Peck, Teaching Resources Assistant  Sheffield University 

This event is offered as a hybrid opportunity. The presentations and panel will take place in-person at Hull University and online through MS Teams. For those attending in person there is also a lunch, networking and tour of University of Hull Library. 


  • Join though MS Teams
  • 10:30am – 12:30pm Presentations and panel Q&A
  • Link will be emailed out


Please report to the Welcome Desk on the ground floor of the Library. Someone will be there to greet you and bring you to our booked spaces.

Wilberforce car park is £1 to park. If you are taking a taxi from Hull Station, ask to be let off at the front entrance. There is good signage to find the Library and we are a five minute or less walk from both the entrance or the Wilberforce Parking Lot.

Any questions please contact: