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Ambleside has a fantastic flexible learning space based in the Barn Library with additional study space in the nearby Charlotte Mason Building. The Barn Library provides learning spaces, social and flexible areas, and learning resources/library services, with particular emphasis on outdoor studies, forestry, conservation, business and leadership and paramedic practice. There is also an integrated Reception for the campus, a café offering hot and cold snacks, IT access, networked and wireless internet connection, laptop loans, and a range of spaces available for study, meeting and research.



Opening hours

At all times, access during out of staffed hours is via activated Cumbria card for UoC students and staff only. If you have any issues with swipe access please come to reception in The Barn Library during staffed hours. At weekends access to the Barn Library and study spaces is with swipe card only.

The IT suite on the first floor of the Charlotte Mason Building is available as a study space from 5pm - 4am daily. Access is by swipe card at the main entrance of the Charlotte Mason building.




6 January - 5 April 2020

Monday - Thursday                Staffed 8.30am - 7.00pm

swipe card access 7.00pm - 6.00am  

swipe card access to the Charlotte Mason Building 5.00pm - 4.00am             

Friday  Staffed 8.30am - 5.00pm

swipe card access 5.00pm - 6.00am   

swipe card access to the Charlotte Mason Building 5.00pm - 4.00am                                                

Saturday and Sunday

swipe card access 9.00am - 6.00am    

swipe card access to the Charlotte Mason Building 9.00am - 4.00am    

Saturday 4th April will be staffed 12pm - 5pm                         

The University Support Services in the Barn act as an information point for the University campus. Staff at reception are ready to welcome you and to answer your queries.

We are able to give further guidance on a wide range of other services including course information; disability and specific learning difficulties support; careers; counselling; money advice as well as academic skills, library issues and help accessing IT facilities, journals and catalogues.

Explore Ambleside Library

Any questions please contact us:

University Support Services

Tel: 015394 30274 (internal 5274)

Ambleside Campus

Map of Ambleside campus

The Ambleside campus is situated on a steep incline. If you have a disability or mobility concern, please contact Reception ahead of your visit for more information and assistance to maximise your experience. Local taxi firms are available with contact details on the internet or can be supplied if required.
Telephone 015394 30274 / email  

The Institute for Leadership and Sustainability is part of the University of Cumbria Business School based in the Charlotte Mason Building with post-graduate, research and events programmes. We are also the home of the Mountain Heritage Trust archive.

Study spaces

Study spaces in the Barn Library for use during staffed hours as individual desks are available to book online. There are two study rooms in the Barn Library with a total of seven desks.

The open access ICT communal space and further study space on the first floor of Charlotte Mason Building is available to students Monday - Friday from 8.30am-5pm, with swipe card access from 5pm - 4am daily. The two study spaces on the first floor of Charlotte Mason Building are available to book online.

Key contacts:
Gateway Managers: Marie Wright and Glenys Taylor
The Barn
University of Cumbria
Rydal Road
Cumbria LA22 9BB
Tel: 015394 30274 (internal 5274)

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