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Covid-19 Library update

Covid-19 Library update

Please see below for key information about our services during the current national lockdown. Updated 29 March 2021

From 8 March, University students undertaking practical or practice-based courses who require specialist equipment and facilities can attend face-to-face teaching and learning. 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:

The Library building is open for essential use only.

Our Library remains open during this time with reduced hours. The library building will be open 9am-7pm (Monday-Friday) and 11am-5pm (Saturday-Sunday).

As part of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown guidance, you are advised to minimise the number of journeys you make. Before you visit the library, carefully consider if your reason to be there is necessary. If it is, please confirm for what reason your visit is necessary by selecting the appropriate box on the booking form.

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 with mental health and wellbeing needs
  • researchers or postgraduate research students who need access to specialist resources    

Essential users must book study spaces or PCs in advance using the booking a space system. Please give the Library at least 12 hours notice of any booking requirements. You will receive a booking confirmation email that you will need to show to staff when you arrive to access the library building.

We’ve reduced the number of study spaces available to help keep everyone safe

Some study areas are now closed to help minimize social contact. The following study areas are open and available for booking only:

  • 1st floor [quiet study, Microsoft Teams calls allowed]
  • 2nd floor [silent study]
  • 4th floor  [silent study & accessible spaces, no PCs]
  • 5th floor  [quiet study, Microsoft Teams calls allowed]

The same rules apply

It is vitally important that you observe the rules and guidance around social distancing and mask wearing. Masks should be worn at all times, unless exempt, including when seated at a study space. The Library is open for individual study only. There is no group or collaborative study in person. Non-cooperation will result in being asked to leave the building immediately and behavior will be reported as a breach of the Student Code of Conduct.

Hot food cannot be consumed in the Library.

Please show kindness to staff, we are here to help you.

Click and Collect will continue as normal

In order to comply with social distancing rules and keep everyone as safe as possible we are asking you not to come and browse the shelves. Our Click and Collect service will be available only if you can’t access the items you need any other way.  Many of our print books are available online. Search for your books and journal articles 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, and you require more than one article or one chapter from a book, get in touch with us. We will do our very best to find a solution.

We are available to help and support you online

Remote Library support will be available 9am-7pm (Monday – Friday) and 12-4pm (Saturday – Sunday) You can phone us on 0161 247 6106, chat or send us an email at Your subject librarian is also on hand if you need specialist support.

Remember, you can access all our online resources via the Library homepage, including over 440,000 ebooks, online referencing guides and tutorials, subject guides and the Library’s YouTube channel.

Fines are still suspended

We understand that you may not be able to visit the library to return your books. Please don’t worry about this; your books will continue to auto-renew and we have suspended fines so you won’t be charged.

Get in touch

Get in touch if you have any questions about how the Library is running during lockdown that we’ve not covered above. You can get in touch with us by phone on 0161 247 6106, chat or send us an email at We’ll also be posting regular updates on our Twitter, too.