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The Library and Covid-19: Service Availability

The Library is currently providing limited services, with incremental enhancements planned, as and when feasible, and line with government and university advice.  Changes may sometimes be last-minute, so be sure to check this page regularly for updates.  

We currently have a one-way system in place, as well as hand-santiser stations throughout the Library. Regular cleaning takes place and returned loans are quarantined for 72 hours. Unless you are exempt, you are currently required to wear a face covering at all times in the Library.

The information on this page was last updated at  09.00 on Thursday 24 September 2020.

Borrowing and returning loans

To borrow resources use our Click & Collect service. To book, or to find out more, go to our Make a Booking page.  Access to the library shelves will be possible from 28 September 2020, provided you have a booking.

To ask if a book is available as an ebook, please email usTo suggest a book for purchase submit a More Books request. 

Return loans by placing them in our 'library returns' box (outside, in the wall of the library building at the end of the covered walkway). Returned loans remain on your account for a 72 hour quarantine period and are then checked-in by a member of the library team. You won't be charged any fines for the period 24 March 2020 to 1 October 2020.

If you completed your studies in 2020, are not returning to BGU for further study, and still have library resources on loan, you should have received an email from the library team describing how you can return loans for free by post.

If you've had items on loan since before lockdown they are due back on Friday 2 October. Standard (3 week) loans are now reverting to the standard loan period. Any 7 day loans borrowed on or after 26 September will revert to the 7 day loan period. Fines will start to be charged again after 2 October.

Inter-library loan and document supply

Journal articles and book chapters can currently be requested via inter-library loan but printed books currently cannot.  With articles and chapters, success will depend on an electronic version of the item being available at a supplying library.  In such cases the item will usually be sent to your BGU email address.  To place an inter-library loan request click here. We are not currently charging for inter-library loan services.  

Using the Library in person

You may book to use a study space in the Library (2 hours on weekdays, 2¾ hours at weekends). Shorter 30 min 'workstation' slots are also available, if you just want to use a computer and/or printer.  To book either, or to find out more, go to our Make a Booking page.  Browse & Borrow bookings will be available from Monday 28 September.

Sunday bookings will be available from 4 October 2020. From Monday 28 September anyone with a study space, workstation or browse & borrow booking will be permitted to access the bookshelves and use self-service machines and copiers and/or printers. 

Help and support

The best way to contact us is via email at library@bishopg.ac.uk or via our live chat service, LibChat (see the LibGuides homepage).  1-to-1 appointments are available online using Blackboard Collaborate or other methods.  For more information see our Make a Booking page.

Electronic resources

Access to our physical collections may be limited at present, but we still provide access to vast range of electronic resources, including thousands of ebooks, millions of journal articles, and many other types of databases.  All are accessible via WorldCat and our A-Z Databases site (you can find out more about these here).  You can also browse the vast majority of our journals collection via BrowZine (new for the 20/21 academic year).

For a list of open access resources (ebooks, journals, articles, images) click here, or go to our A-Z Databases site, click on Database Type and select Open Access

Restricted access to the BGU community only

At present, the Library building and the services outlined on this page are open/available only to the BGU community, i.e. enrolled students and members of staff with a current contract.  Regrettably, the Library is not open to external borrowers, SCONUL Access members, visitors, or members of the public.