Group study rooms
Need a space to work in a group? Book a group study room in the Library to help your collaboration.
There are six group study rooms in the Robertson Library. They are located upstairs, on the other side of the Polytechnic book collection, and can be booked online. Each room contains a whiteboard (pens not supplied), SMARTboard and Datashow.
Need to connect to a projector? Here's how
Bookings can be made up to 7 days in advance.
A room can be booked up to 3 hours per group, per day (please don’t make multiple bookings per day).
The number in () next to the room number is the number of people that room can seat e.g. Rob3(8).
An AV icon is next to the rooms that contain DVD & Blue-Ray viewing equipment & have cables for HDMI input.
The necessary cables to connect your laptop to the SMARTboard or Datashow (PC only) are stored in a locked cabinet in each room. The keys for these cabinets are held in the Reserve collection (ground floor) and you need to issue them like a book before they leave the Reserve area. Don't forget to return the keys either as they will accrue overdue fines.
Rooms not occupied within 15 minutes of a scheduled booking become available for other groups to use.
Empty rooms can be used without placing a booking but be prepared to vacate if a prior booking has been made.
Instructions for making a booking are listed above the online booking schedule.
To connect your laptop to the projector in the group study rooms you need a VGA cable and the remote for the projector. These are stored in a locked cabinet in the room. The key for the cabinet is held in the Reserve collection on the ground floor.
- Make sure you issue the key to your account (like a book) before leaving the Reserve area.
The VGA cable (with attached audio cable) and the remote control for the projector are outlined in green below. We don’t have VGA adaptors required for Mac computers and a Windows laptop requires a VGA port.
Follow these steps:
1. While your laptop is turned off, plug one end of the VGA cable into the laptop port and the other end into the port in the room. The VGA ports in the rooms are either in the floor (under the tables) or on the wall near the SMARTboard. If you want audio played through the speakers in the room, plug in the audio cable as well (attached to the Datashow cable).
This is what a VGA port on a computer looks like:
2. Use the remote to turn on the projector; the big red button at the top left.
3. Turn on your laptop.
If the laptop screen isn’t projecting through the projector you probably need to share your screen.
Hold down the Windows icon and the ‘P’ key on your keyboard. This should bring up the options for sharing your screen. Press the ‘P’ key to move to the Duplicate option. Your laptop screen may go blank for a few seconds while the view is changed.
SVGA computer port image. Duncan Lithgow. Image retrieved from: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SVGA_port.jpg Licenced in the Public Domain.