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Covid–19 Library update

Important changes to our services. Find out more

Standards, policies and regulations

Learning and working together in the Library.

Safety measures

As you know the Government has announced a new national lockdown. Our number one priority is to ensure the health and safety of you and our staff. Therefore, we have made some essential changes to our service that will ensure the library is as safe as possible, for those who need to be on campus. Here are the details:

New services

We have implemented several new services where library staff will retrieve or scan items for you. This means you don’t need to spend time in the library browsing the shelves and we can send you the items you need directly to your inbox.

Study spaces

We have limited the number of spaces available throughout the library to ensure you can work in a socially distanced environment. Capacity will be maintained by library staff to ensure the library does not become overcrowded.  

Access to study spaces

Current government guidance allows university libraries to open for those students defined as essential users only. This includes students who are:    

  •  students attending essential face to face teaching.
  • students without access to appropriate IT equipment or study space
  • students witih mental health and wellbeing needs
  • researchers or postgraduate research students who need access to specialist resources  

If you are an essential user, you can book your study space or PC using the online study space or PC booking system.  

Please give the Library at least 12 hours notice of any booking requirements.

Click and Collect

Our Click and Collect service will be available only if you can’t access the items you need any other way. Search for your books using Library Search to find out if an online version is available. If you can't find an online version of the item you need, you can request one journal article or one book chapter using our Scan and Deliver service - we will send it to you via email.
If you can’t find the items you need online, get in touch with us. We will do our very best to find a solution.

Hygiene measures 

The following measures are in place to keep you safe:  

  • at least one hand sanitiser on each floor of the library; 
  • wipe stations available to clean your keyboard or study space before you begin work; 
  • key touch points in the library will be cleaned multiple times throughout the day; 
  • Perspex screens at all Reception and Help desks to protect both staff and library users; 
  • all returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours before being re-shelved.  

Library staff 

The physical Help desk will be closed but library staff are still available by phone, email or chat to answer any queries that you might have.

Queuing System 

At busy times you may be required to queue in order to access some of our services and allow for safe entrance and exit from the library to maintain social distancing regulations. This will be managed by a member of library staff.  

Your responsibilities

Our number one priority is to ensure the health and safety of you and our staff. Therefore, it is vitally important that you observe the rules and guidance below to help maintain a Covid-secure environment

Help us to ensure the library is a safe place by:

  •     Following guidance on social distancing throughout the building. Study spaces are set out to be compliant with social distancing guidelines.
  •     Wearing a face covering at all times when in the library (unless exempt).  
  •     There is no capacity for group or collaborative study in person.  
  •     Practising good hygiene including regular hand washing and using the hand sanitiser gel stations
  •     Cleaning shared equipment such as PCs with the cleaning wipes provided
  •     Bringing your own water (the water fountains will be out of use)
  •     Bringing your own stationery. The libray is unable to lend pens or other stationery equipment.
  •     Using our online services instead of visiting in person
  •     Stay home and do not visit if you are feeling unwell or displaying signs of Coronavirus
  •     Although the Library is open, we ask that to keep yourself and others safe, please consider if your visit is essential.