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Sports and Exercise Therapy
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Sports and Exercise Therapy

International Scholarships available

Overview

Gain the clinical knowledge and professional skills you will need to assess, treat and manage sports injuries. You will study a variety of sports science and therapeutic modules on this demanding and extremely rewarding course. In your first year, you will register as a student member of the Society of Sports Therapists. Through supervised placements, you will build up the working hours required to register as a qualified sports therapist upon graduation.

University Sport
At our University we're passionate about sport. There's a huge range of sports and activities for you to get involved in, including more than 40 sports clubs. If you'd like to find out more about what we have to offer - including our Carnegie Sports Scholarship Scheme - take a look at our University Sport website.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.

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Through practical placements under the supervision of a professional, you will accrue the working hours you need to register as a sports therapist. In our rehabilitation science labs you can practice massage skills and assess and treat athletes. Plus, we have a specialised sports injury and massage clinic at our Headingley Campus - you'll have the opportunity to work here, be supervised and enhance your skills.

We also offer placements in local amateur and professional sporting environments. Throughout our course you will have the opportunity to gain practical experience through volunteering activities at local and national sporting events.

Our course is delivered in collaboration with sports experts in our Carnegie Faculty, and you will have the opportunity to work in world-class sports facilities at the Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Course Features

  • Professional accreditations
  • Placements
  • Specialist facilities
  • Real-life projects
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
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Kate Randerson, Course Leader

Entry Requirements

112
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies. A minimum of 40 points at A Level or equivalent must be from a Science, Physical Education or Sports Science subject. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics to meet this requirement you must also achieve a 'Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017)).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE at Grade C are required in Maths, English Language and at least one Science subject (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
In a relevant subject. Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Personal Statement
Applicants for this course are not interviewed; therefore, it is important that you address in your personal statement the following:
  • High level of interest, research & knowledge of the sport therapy profession
  • Evidence of work experience in a sporting/therapy environment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to empathise with others
  • Ability to work consistently
  • Ability to integrate information & skills across different subject areas
  • Ability to solve problems
  • Ability to study independently and in groups
  • Any additional information that relates to sport
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

All successful applicants are expected to pay for their student membership of The Society of Sports Therapists, details will be provided at the commencement of the course (approx 150.00 pounds for the three year undergraduate period, though this fee may be liable to change).

Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

International Baccalaureate: 26 including 6 from Higher Level Science.

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies. A minimum of 40 points at A Level or equivalent must be from a Science, Physical Education or Sports Science subject. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics to meet this requirement you must also achieve a 'Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017)).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE at Grade C are required in Maths, English Language and at least one Science subject (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards). Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
In a relevant subject. Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Personal Statement
Applicants for this course are not interviewed; therefore, it is important that you address in your personal statement the following:
  • High level of interest, research & knowledge of the sport therapy profession
  • Evidence of work experience in a sporting/therapy environment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to empathise with others
  • Ability to work consistently
  • Ability to integrate information & skills across different subject areas
  • Ability to solve problems
  • Ability to study independently and in groups
  • Any additional information that relates to sport
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

All successful applicants are expected to pay for their student membership of The Society of Sports Therapists, details will be provided at the commencement of the course (approx 150.00 pounds for the three year undergraduate period, though this fee may be liable to change).

Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

International Baccalaureate: 26 including 6 from Higher Level Science.

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Matt Duke

Careers

Matt Duke
Rehabilitation Therapist West Leeds RUFC

MSc Sports Therapy

“My masters was a stepping stone to advancing my career as a Rehabilitation Therapist. It complemented my strengths in science and sport, enhancing my knowledge of injury management, physiology and biomechanics - making me a much more effective therapist.

Teaching and learning

This programme will allow you to pursue a career as a graduate sports therapist. You will develop an understanding of the key concepts and principles involved in sports and exercise therapy, and be engaged through academic and professional practice. By the end of the course you will be able to assess the needs of the client, and plan, implement and evaluate interventions which are safe and effective You will also learn how to apply a broad understanding of how to promote beneficial exercise to the wider public. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.
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Begin to explore the fundamental knowledge and skills behind academic study, and combine this with practical and therapeutic expertise. You will investigate the theory and practice of physiology, anatomy and biomechanics, health promotion and exercise prescription.
Overall workload
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258 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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942 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
22%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
68%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
10%
Core Modules

Study the key concepts in sports biomechanics and anatomy that will serve as a solid base for further studies in sport and exercise science, for sport and exercise therapists.

Examine soft tissue healing and associated mechanisms of injury. You will study basic concepts of nutrition, psychology and the multidisciplinary team. You will also expand your skill set to include knowledge and practical application of exercise therapy and peripheral mobilisations.

Gain an anatomical understanding of the spinal region, with regards to anatomy and biomechanics in the context of common sporting injuries seen by sports therapists.

Prepare for the professional practice environment by exploring the role of sports & exercise therapists and the relevant primary sources of evidence that support practice.

Develop a detailed knowledge of the anatomy of the upper and lower limb in the context of common clinical presentations. You will build on apply knowledge of basic biomechanical concepts in the analysis of mechanisms of injury.

In Year 2 you will focus on how to apply theory and specific skills to the clinical situation to develop your clinical understanding and reasoning. You will begin to work independently and develop the ability to justify, discriminate, reason and transfer skills in straightforward situations, reflect on your experience and identify your own learning needs.
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316 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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884 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
48%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
28%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
24%
Core Modules

Become better equipped both to undertake your own research and to offer a critique of the research of others. You will study research methodologies allowing you to produce a considered research proposal contextualised to sports and exercise therapy in preparation for the extended protocol at Year 3.

Develop the application of pathophysiological understanding in the assessment of common sporting injuries in a sports therapy context.

Gain the relevant underpinning knowledge and practical skills required to plan, deliver, manage and evaluate a safe, effective and progressive adapted physical activity programme for referred clients/patients with specific controlled conditions.

Enhance your understanding of biomechanical theory through the application of principles to sport & exercise contexts. You will appreciate the influence of key determinants on human performance and injury whilst identifying methods of optimising performance and minimising injury risk.

Incorporate the practical and theoretical aspects of current rehabilitation principles and practice in a variety of sporting contexts. You will evaluate rehabilitation programmes with links to current evidence based literature.

Gain the basic life support techniques required to manage a range of general first aid situations.

Explore the nutritional strategies for training, recovery and performance and physiology of training and adaptation.

Work towards becoming an independent practitioner as you acquire new expertise and demonstrate your ability to transfer skills to working with individuals with more complex problems, working in different settings and in areas which have not previously been experienced.
Overall workload
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132 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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688 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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200 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
7%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
93%
Core Modules

Learn about the experiential learning opportunities in sport and rehabilitative environments under the direct supervision of academic staff and industry professionals.

Study the concepts of business development in an area appropriate to a Sports Therapist. You will identify and develop a suitable business idea capable of trading as an individual or within an independent company. Aspects of finance, law, Society of Sports Therapists requirements, employment and marketing will be embedded within the process.

Present an extended protocol that demonstrates the skills required for undertaking, analysing and evaluating research. The extended protocol demonstrates the conceptualisation of a project that has relevance in the sports and exercise therapy environment. The module is essentially self- managed with the tutor facilitating discussion and development of the extended protocol

Gain an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of obesity. You will apply your knowledge to design an appropriate lifestyle programme for an individual to manage their weight, and to critique contemporary approaches to obesity management.

Develop the skills to manage patients who undergo operative procedures helping to gain a level of understanding about the operative process and application of rehabilitative procedures.

Examine physiological mechanisms, responses and adaptations to exercise within sports performance and clinical populations.

Gain in-depth knowledge of the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease, medical assessment and therapeutic procedures, and study the role of exercise, nutrition and psychological interventions within the multi-disciplinary management of rehabilitation and secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

Get prepared for working life within sports therapy contexts by introducing psychological factors that can influence or pre-dispose athletes to a greater risk of injury, those that can affect an athlete's rehabilitation process, and those which can influence return to sport outcomes.

Builds upon Year 1 and 2 skills enabling you to debate the current concepts being employed within the scope of practice of Sports and Exercise Therapy. You will be exposed to both theoretical and practical concepts, encouraging applied clinical reasoning and a more global outlook on the evidence-based practice that is relevant within the profession.

Improve your current knowledge of muscle structure and function by approaching both topics from a biomechanical perspective. You will explore the relationship between strength capacity and risk factors pertinent to injury, with an appreciation of their performance and clinical applications, respectively.

Leeds Beckett University
Kate Randerson
Senior Lecturer

Kate Randerson is Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Sports & Exercise Therapy. Kate is a practising member of the Society of Sports Therapists and has worked over the past twelve years with a local Rugby Union Team.

This challenging and demanding course provides students with the skills to be self-employed sports therapists on successful completion of their studies.
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Kate Randerson, Course Leader

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Student membership of the Society of Sports Therapy - There is a cost of £150 to become a member, which covers the period of 3 years and includes access to seminars, conferences and courses

Uniform - You will be required to purchase a uniform to wear as you would in a professional environment. The uniform is priced at £100

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studi

Course specific

  • Access to the Clinical Skills Suite with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment
  • Access to the Rehabilitation Science Labs, state-of-the-art facilities allow for the practical application of anatomy, mobilisation, electrotherapy, massage, heat therapy, cardio vascular and respiratory testing, physiology, anthropometry, rehabilitation and first aid

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • You will need to purchase a uniform from our kit suppliers
    (Approximately £95)
  • You will need to make a one-off payment of £150 to purchase a student membership of the Society of Sports Therapists when you enrol for your course
  • When undertaking work placement opportunities, you will need to pay for your travel expenses to and from that placement

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Student membership of the Society of Sports Therapy - There is a cost of £150 to become a member, which covers the period of 3 years and includes access to seminars, conferences and courses

Uniform - You will be required to purchase a uniform to wear as you would in a professional environment. The uniform is priced at £100

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studi

Course specific

  • Access to the Clinical Skills Suite with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment
  • Access to the Rehabilitation Science Labs, state-of-the-art facilities allow for the practical application of anatomy, mobilisation, electrotherapy, massage, heat therapy, cardio vascular and respiratory testing, physiology, anthropometry, rehabilitation and first aid

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • You will need to purchase a uniform from our kit suppliers
    (Approximately £95)
  • You will need to make a one-off payment of £150 to purchase a student membership of the Society of Sports Therapists when you enrol for your course
  • When undertaking work placement opportunities, you will need to pay for your travel expenses to and from that placement

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Rehabilitation Science Labs
    Rehabilitation Science Labs

    Our state of the art facilities allow for the practical application of anatomy, mobilisation, electrotherapy, massage, heat therapy, cardio vascular and respiratory testing, physiology, anthropometry, rehabilitation and first aid.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Headingley Campus/City Campus

Headingley Campus/City Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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