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The Library and Covid-19: Service Availability

Our library is largely back to normal. You no longer have to book to visit the Library in person and the 24/7 IT Suite is now open. You do however need to book seminar rooms and study booths. 

Click here for our opening hours

In line with university policy, face masks continue to be compulsory unless you have registered an exemption with Student Advice. Hand-santiser stations are available throughout the Library and a regular cleaning schedule is in place. 

If you have any questions email us at

The information on this page was last updated at 11:35 on Thursday 26 August 2021.

Borrowing and returning loans

Our Click & Collect service will continue on a trial basis. Items can be requested using the Request Item button in WorldCat

One week loans and standard (3 week) loans have a fixed return date of Friday 1 October 2021. Check your loans and due dates via the Sign In link on WorldCat.

Fines are no longer being charged. This is part of wider changes to library loans being introduced from 1 September 2021. You can read more about this on the How to Renew page of our Borrowing LibGuide.

Inter-library loan

Our inter-library loan service has now returned to normal, though supply times may be longer than usual. Click here to find out more

External library members and visitors

Visitors and external library members are welcome to use the Library again. 

If you are an existing SCONUL Access member you may visit the Library for reference purposes but borrowing rights are currently suspended in line with the temporary suspension of the scheme. It is anticipated that the scheme will resume in late autumn 2021. Click here for more about the current status of SCONUL Access.

Help and support

The best way to contact us is via email at 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.