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Opening Hours: 2020-2021

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


Library opening hours for the academic year are displayed as a colour-coded grid in the PDF below and are alternatively described in text boxes further down the page. 
In a change to previously advertised hours, the library service desk will close at 5pm Mondays to Thursdays, between Tuesday 19 April and Thursday 30 June 2022.

Page last updated 5 April 2022.

Accessing the Library

The Library is in the Cornerstone Building, adjacent to the Skinner Building. Both the Library and 24/7 IT Suite are open every day, except between Christmas and New Year and the long Easter weekend.  

You will need your university ID card to access the building entrance (evenings only), library entrance (at all times) and 24/7 IT Suite (at all times).  Visitors are welcome in the Library during the day by ringing the bell at the library entrance and signing in.

During the autumn the 24/7 IT Suite is sometimes booked for library orientation sessions; a sign on the door will indicate if this is the case.

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

Regular opening hours

From Tuesday 19 April 2022 regular opening hours for the remainder of the 2021/22 academic year are as follows:

Library open Service Desk open
Monday to Thursday 8am-midnight 8.30am-5pm
Friday 8am-midnight 8.30am-5.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am-midnight 10am-5.30pm

The above hours will be in operation between:

  • Tuesday 19 April and Friday 1 July 2022*

*On Bank Holiday Monday 2 May 2022 the Library will be open 8.30am-midnight.  On the Bank Holidays on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June 2022 the Library will be open 10am-5.30pm. In these instances the Service Desk will be closed and a Security Officer will be on duty for the whole day.

Summer 2022

The hours below will be in operation from Saturday 2 July 2022 until Sunday 4 September 2022. Regular opening hours resume on Monday 5 September 2022.

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 4 July 2022 and Bank Holiday Monday 29 August 2022 the Library will open from 10am-5.30pm; the Service Desk will be closed and a Security Officer will be on duty. 

On Friday 29 July 2022 the Library will close between 12pm and 2pm.