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Everything you need to know about using the University Library


Do you work at BGU?  Then these pages are for you! All members of BGU staff, regardless of which department you work in or how many hours you work, are entitled to make use of the University Library. We are located in the Cornerstone Building, in the south-west corner of the campus next to the University Chapel.

Below you will find our more about using the building and about borrowing. Use the tabs at the top of the screen to find out more our resources and services.  In addition, if you click on the LibGuides link at the top of the page you'll be able to see all of the other LibGuides we've produced.  The most important thing to remember is that if there's something you're not sure about please ask for help - it's what we're here for!

Finding your way around and asking for help

Library staff are usually stationed at the Service Desk in the library foyer.  During the day you are also likely to find staff at the Enquiry Desk or in the Teaching Resources Collection.  Feel free to approach any member of staff if you have a question: if the person you ask can't help they'll do their best to direct you to someone who can!

Feel free to request a tour of the Library if you think it would be helpful. Alternatively, take a virtual Google Maps tour of the library here.

Alternatively, see the Contact Us tab at the top of the page for more ways to get in touch.

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.

For more about your rights and responsibilities click here.

Getting in and out of the Library

The Library is open seven days a week until midnight during term-time.  To view our opening hours for the whole year, including vacations, click on the Opening Hours tab at the top of the page.

During office hours you won't need your ID card to enter the Cornerstone Building but you will need it to operate the gates at the library entrance; outside of normal office hours you will need it to do both. You won't need your ID card to exit the Library or the building - the gates/doors open automatically. 

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.

Borrowing basics

All staff members can borrow up to 30 library resources at a time.  Your University ID card is also your library card: take items to the Service Desk to be issued or use the self-service machine opposite the Service Desk (ask a member of staff if you're not sure how to work it).

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

  • Standard loans can be borrowed for up to 18 weeks;
  • One week loans can be borrowed for up to 1 week.
  • Children's resources located in Teaching Resources Collection can be borrowed for up to 12 weeks;

One week loans and reference books have stickers on the spines to make them easy to spot. 

All resources can be renewed. You also have the facility to reserve books that other people have on loan by placing a hold on them.

You can return items at the service desk or using the self-service machine.  You can also post them in the drop box outside the Cornerstone Building.

To help you manage your loans we send you an email reminder 3 days before any item you have on loan is due to be returned. We also operate a one-day grace period.  This means that if you return a loan one day late the fine will be waived, but if you return the item more than one day late the full fine will be charged.  Fines are charged at the rate of 20p per day for standard & children's loans and 50p per day for one week loans.  If you accrue £10 or more in fines and/or library charges your library account will be suspended until you settle your fine in full. The maximum we charge for one instance of a fine is £50.


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.  The documents below are designed to help you to understand what you are and aren't permitted to do in relation to copyright. 


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 very 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.

Image attribution

All photos ©Bishop Grosseteste University.