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Opening Hours: 2021-22

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


Library opening hours are displayed as a colour-coded grid in the PDF below and are alternatively described in text boxes further down the page. 

Page last updated 14 November 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 2022/23

Regular opening hours for the 2022/23 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 5 September and Friday 16 December 2022
  • Friday 6 January and Sunday 2 April 2023
  • Saturday 15 April and Friday 23 June 2023*

*On Bank Holiday Mondays 1 May 2023 and 8 May 2023 the Library will open 8.30am-midnight.  On the Bank Holiday on Monday 29 May 2023 the Library will 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.

Christmas 2022

The hours below will be in operation between Saturday 17 December 2022 and Thursday 5 January 2023.  Regular opening hours resume on Friday 6 January 2023. PGCE classes resume on Tuesday 3 January 2023 and all other classes on Monday 9 January 2023.

Library Service Desk
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 December 10am-midnight Closed
Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 December 8.30am-midnight 8.30am-5pm
Wednesday 21 December to Monday 2 January  Closed Closed
Tuesday 3 January to Thursday 5 January  8.30am-midnight 8.30am-5pm

The 24/7 IT Suite will close at midnight on Tuesday 20 December and re-open at 8.30am on Tuesday 3 January, in line with the full campus closure.