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The Library and Covid-19: Service Availability

As of Thursday 5 November 2020 and the second national lockdown, the Library is continuing to provide click & collect services and browse & borrow and study space bookings.

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 09.10 on Thursday 5 November 2020.

Borrowing and returning loans

To borrow resources either use our Browse & Borrow service, or request items for collection via WorldCat using the Request Item buttons (aka Click & Collect). To find out more see our Make a Booking page. 

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 the returns boxes in the building foyer, or outside in the returns box in the wall of the Library building (at the end of the covered walkway). Returned loans are checked-in by the library team within 24 hours but remain in quarantine for 72 hours. If you return an item on its due date but we do not check it in until the following day you will not be charged a fine. Fines were not charged for the period 24 March 2020 to 1 October 2020, and are not being charged during the second lockdown, from 5 November 2020. Pre-existing fines still stand.

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.

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.  

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.

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.  You can also book a 45 minute slot to 'Browse & Borrow'.  Anyone with a study space, workstation or browse & borrow booking can access the bookshelves and use self-service machines and copiers and/or printers. To find out more see our Make a Booking page. 

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