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Members of Staff: Home

Everything you need to know about using the University Library


Do you work at BGU?  These pages are for you - welcome!

All members of BGU staff, from any department, are entitled to make use of the University Library. 

Importantly, if there's something you're not sure about please contact us or speak to us in person - you'll find us in the Cornerstone Building, in the south-west corner of the campus next to the University Chapel.


Feel free to approach any member of staff if you have a question or would like a tour of the building.

Conduct and behaviour

When using library services please:

  • Return your loans on time.
  • Only bring lidded drinks into the Library: food and open drink containers are not permitted.
  • Take or make phone calls in the stairwells to avoid disturbing other library patrons. 
  • If using headphones keep the volume down to avoid disturbing other library patrons.
  • Respect the different noise zones around the library (social, quiet and silent) and maintain a studious atmosphere at all times.

Find out more about your rights and responsibilities here.

Accessing the Library

The Library is open until midnight every day of the week during term-time.  Click here to view our opening hours for the whole year, including vacations, and to find out more about accessing the building.

When the Library is open but the Service Desk is closed (i.e. there are no library staff on duty) the Library is supervised by a Security Officer.

Watch our video tour of the building here.

Borrowing basics

Staff can borrow up to 35 library resources at a time.  Your University ID card is also your library card.

Loan periods vary according to the type of material you want to borrow:

  • Standard loans can be borrowed for up to 3 weeks.
  • One week loans can be borrowed for 1 week.
  • Children's resources in Teaching Resources Collection can be borrowed for up to 12 weeks.

You can read more about borrowing, returning, renewing and reserving library resources on our Borrowing pages


Staff members are prohibited by law from photocopying/printing unlimited amounts from library resources.  The limits that are allowed are prescribed by law and also by the various licences held by University. Please refer to our Copyright for BGU Staff LibGuide for more information. 

Computers, printing and copying

The computers around the Library and in the 24/7 IT Suite are predominantly for use by students, though staff are entitled to use them if they have difficulty accessing a computer elsewhere.  All computers are open access and cannot be booked.  There are plenty of power points around the Library for use with mobile devices and laptops.

As with the rest of the campus, wi-fi is available throughout the Cornerstone Building.

Printing and photocopying is controlled via your University ID card. There are mono and colour devices on both floors of the Library. 

Study Space

You are welcome to study in the Library. However, please be aware that between September and June our seminar rooms and silent study booths are exclusively for student use and cannot be booked by staff members.