Covid-19 services


Library buildings have now reopened. Please check individual library sites for details of opening hours as these may vary. When you visit - please remember to wear your face covering, wash/sanitise your hands frequently, refrain from eating or drinking (just bottled water), follow the directional signs - and socially distance at all times.

Library services during COVID-19 restrictions

The physical libraries have now reopened for walk-in access to space and books.   As you will expect there are some changes in how the Library operates when on campus. As with the rest of the University, all the measures that have been put in place have been done to keep everybody safe.  

  • Please note, services in all the physical sites are self-service only.  Support continues to be delivered remotely through chat and email. There will be no staffed service points open at any of the sites
  • Study spaces and desktops are available at all sites and are socially distanced at 1m+. This means there is less study space available than normal but if demand for seats is high we will introduce a booking system.
  • All spaces are for individual quiet or silent study and have been labelled to show where people can sit (Please sit here / Do not sit here).  Please note there are no areas available for group work.
  • Face coverings should be worn while in the Library (unless individuals are exempt)
  • No food and drink policy (apart from bottled water) across all sites
  • All available study seats will have a number and QR code as implemented in other University areas for track and trace purposes
  • Opening hours of our sites will be limited initially to Monday - Friday only. For details of the hours please check the individual library’s page. 

Holds have been reinstated on LibrarySearch from 14 September so you can reserve items that are on the shelves or on loan.  Please note that often it is quicker to come and collect items in person if the book is available on the shelf.  

Books on loan

Help and support

To contact us or if you need help please choose from the following:

Live Chat - chat with us when the side chat widget is showing (found at bottom of page if viewing on mobile phone) - for any queries relating to your use of the Library including how to find resources, referencing and other general questions.

Email Library Enquiries for any queries relating to access, issues with online resources, referencing and any other general questions.

Email to report problems with getting access to specific electronic resources.

For subject specific enquiries, contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

For queries about borrowing, returning, renewing or reserving Library materials, email Lending Services.

Contact a senior member of the Library staff.

Library Resources during COVID-19

In addition to the databases, e-journals and ebooks already provided through the Library website, many academic publishers are making additional e-resources available.  Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for more information about e-resources in your subject area.