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LibGuides: Covid-19 and changes to Library Services

The Library and 24/7 IT Suite are closed until further notice. 

The library team is taking a break from Good Friday to Easter Monday (inclusive). Messages to the library email address will be lightly monitored but may not be answered until Tuesday 14 April.

This page was last updated at 07:46 on Wednesday 8 April 2020.

Service provision whilst the Library is closed

Borrowing/Returns: For books already on loan to you, please renew these using your online library account: they will then be due back on Friday 2nd October.  If for any reason you cannot renew your loans, or you don’t know how, please contact us at  The date of Friday 2nd October was chosen in order to prevent returning students having to make a special trip to return books should the Library re-open during the summer vacation, and also to prevent the accrual of library fines during this period.  All students and staff will be free to visit the Library, and return and borrow books, at whatever point it is deemed safe to re-open.  

Help & contact info: You can contact us during normal office hours (Monday to Thursday 8.30am-5pm, Friday 8.30am-4.30pm) via email or LibChat (available from the LibGuides homepage).  Please do not call the main library phone number as it will not be answered. You can still book 1-to-1 appointments, but we will run these remotely using Blackboard Collaborate or other methods.  For more information see our Make a Booking page.

Holds/reservations, postal loans, inter-library loans, scanning, SCONUL Access: All of these services are suspended until further notice. 

Updates: We will post service updates on Twitter & Facebook, and via this page, and there is a link to this page from our Blackboard site. 

Access to resources whilst the Library is closed

Online resources: You have full access to all of the Library’s standard online resources - thousands of ebooks, millions of journal articles, and other type of resources - via WorldCat and our A-Z Databases site. Find out more about our online resources here.  If you encounter any difficulties accessing our online resources contact us at

Additional online resources with temporary access:  A number of academic publishers have been generous in allowing free access to some of their collections (ebooks, journals and other resources) until the end of May or the end of June.  You can view and access them here, or you can go to our A-Z Databases site click on Database Type and choose Temporary Access Databases.  Please note that temporary collections cannot be searched via WorldCat - you have to access each one individually. The list will be updated with new additions as we are made aware of them. 

Open Access resources: For a list of fully open access resources - ebooks, journals, articles and images - click here, or go to our A-Z Databases site, click on Database Type and choose Open Access. Added at 09:32 on 27/3/20.

More Books: We are still operating our More Books service (where you request that we buy a specific book for the Library), but at the moment requests can only be satisfied if an ebook version is available.