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Opening Hours: Opening Hours

Everything you need to know about our opening hours and accessing the building.

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 25 September 2018.

Regular opening hours 2018/19

From Monday 3 September 2018 regular opening hours are as follows:

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

The above hours will be in operation between:

  • Monday 3 September and Friday 14 December 2018
  • Friday 4 January and Friday 12 April 2019
  • Friday 26 April and Friday 28 June 2019*

*On Bank Holiday Monday 6 May 2019 the Library will be open 8.30am-midnight.  On Bank Holiday Monday 27 May 2019 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.

Summer 2019

The hours below will be in operation from Saturday 29 June 2019 until Sunday 1 September 2019. Regular opening hours (see box below) resume on Monday 2 September 2019.

  Library Service Desk
Monday to Thursday 8.30am-9pm 8.30am-5pm
Friday 8.30am-9pm 8.30am-4.30pm
Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5.30pm Closed

On Monday 1 July 2019 and Bank Holiday Monday 26 August 2019 the Library will 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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