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LibGuides: Opening Hours

The Library is located in the Cornerstone Building, in the south-west corner of the campus adjacent to the Chapel, and is open every day of the year except the period between Christmas and New Year and over the long Easter weekend.  See the boxes below, or open the pdf document below, for a detailed schedule.

BGU ID card access is in operation at the building entrance and the library entrance.  Card access at the library entrance is normally operational at all times.  Card access at the building entrance is normally activated in the early evening, after which time entry is restricted to current BGU students and staff members only. During the day visitors may gain entry to the Library by ringing the bell and signing in.

The University's 24/7 IT Suite is accessed via the building foyer.  It is open 24/7, all year round, except between Christmas and New Year and over the long Easter weekend (see the boxes below for exact closing and re-opening times).  Access to the 24/7 IT Suite is via BGU ID card at all times. At certain hours from late September to early November the 24/7 IT Suite is booked for library orientation sessions and is not available for general use; a sign on the door will indicate if it is booked.

When the Library is open but the Service Desk is closed use of the building is supervised by a Security Officer. Our Security Officers are happy to assist with basic library enquiries but are unable to issue books or provide IT support. 

Page last updated 5 November 2019.

Regular opening hours 2019/20

From Monday 2 September 2019 regular opening hours for the 2019/20 academic year are as follows:

Library open Service Desk open
Monday to Thursday 8am-midnight 8.30am-7pm
Friday 8am-midnight 8.30am-5.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am-midnight 10am-5.30pm


The above hours will be in operation between:

  • Monday 2 September and Friday 13 December 2019
  • Saturday 4 January and Sunday 5 April 2020
  • Saturday 18 April and Friday 26 June 2020*

*On Bank Holiday Friday 8 May 2020 the Library will be open 8.30am-midnight.  On Bank Holiday Monday 25 May 2020 the Library will be open 10am-5.30pm. In both instances the Service Desk will be closed and a Security Officer will be on duty for the whole day.

Christmas 2019/20

The hours below will be in operation between Saturday 14 December 2019 and Friday 3 January 2020.  Regular opening hours resume on Saturday 4 January 2020 (classes resume on Monday 6 January 2020).

Library Service Desk
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December 10am-midnight Closed
Monday 16 to Thursday 19 December 8.30am-midnight 8.30am-5pm
Friday 20 December 8.30am-midnight 8.30am-4.30pm
Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 December 10am-midnight Closed
Monday 23 December 8.30am-midnight Closed
Tuesday 24 December 8.30am-12.30pm Closed
Wednesday 25 December to Wednesday 1 January Closed Closed
Thursday 2 to Friday 3 January 8.30am-midnight 8.30am-5pm

The 24/7 IT Suite will close at 5pm on Tuesday 24 December and re-open at 8.30am on Thursday 2 January, in line with the full campus closure.

Easter 2020

The opening hours below will be in operation between Saturday 4 April and Friday 17 April 2020. Regular opening hours resume on Saturday 18 April 2020 (classes resume on Monday 20 April).

Library Service Desk
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 April 10am-midnight Closed
Monday 6 to Thursday 9 April 8.30am-midnight 8.30am-5pm
Friday 10 to Monday 13 April Closed Closed
Tuesday 14 April to Friday 17 April 8.30am-midnight 8.30am-5pm

The 24/7 IT Suite will close at midnight on Thursday 9 April and reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 14 April, in line with the full campus closure.

Summer 2020

The opening hours below will be in operation between Saturday 27 June and Sunday 6 September 2020. Regular opening hours resume on Monday 7 September 2020.

Library Service Desk
Monday to Thursday 8.30am-8.30pm 8.30am-5pm
Friday 8.30am-8.30pm 8.30am-4.30pm
Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5.30pm Closed


On Monday 29 June 2020 the Library will be open 10am-5.30pm only; the Service Desk will be closed and a Security Officer will be on duty.
On Friday 24 July 2020 the Library will be closed from noon to 2pm.
On Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2020 the Library will be open 10am-5.30pm; the Service Desk will be closed and a Security Officer will be on duty.

Visitor access

Visitors and external members of the Library may visit the Library during the day. During the evening access to the Library is restricted to BGU staff and students only.  For more about services for visitors see our Information for Visitors LibGuide.

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