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Members of Staff: Home

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.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is currently necessary to pre-book to visit the Library.

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

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.

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.

Access to the Library and to support

Regrettably, as a result of Covid-19, access to the Library building is currently limited. You are not permitted to enter the Library unless you have pre-booked (see our Make a Booking page). You'll find more information about services during the pandemic on our Covid-19 pages.

There is still plenty of support available however, both online and by contacting us directly. On this site (LibGuides) there are lots of relevant links on the LibGuides homepage, including to how-to videos and tutorials. 

The best way to contact us is to email  You may also find our FAQs site useful.

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 grace periodFines 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. Please refer to our Copyright for BGU Staff LibGuide for more information. 


Library shelves
The Social Study Suite
The Silent Study Suite
The 24 7 IT Suite
Man browsing shelves
The Teaching Resources Collection

Computers, printing and copying

The computer workstations around the Library are not permitted to be used by staff members at present.

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

You may use a photocopier during a Browse & Borrow booking only. The nearest other staff photocopier is in the Skinner Building between the Snug and the green external door. 

Image attribution

All photos ©Bishop Grosseteste University.