Life on campus
Library opening hours
The Library is running term time hours and will be open 24/7.
For full opening hours, including for the reception desk and the IT help desk, visit the Library website.
The University Library is a central space for study, research and support. From solo studying to group work and research projects, our library has space and resources for study and work of all kinds.
There's more to our library than just books, computers, and desks: students can work collaboratively in our meeting pods, we have a dedicated suite for postgraduate students to work in, and we can loan software to students for use on their own devices too.
When you need a break from your studies, you can wind down with a novel in our book nook, stay up-to-date with what's happening on our community noticeboard, and grab a barista-made coffee at the library café.
We've built a tradition of student-led change through our online suggestion box – and students, researchers and staff are supported by our friendly staff and knowledgeable librarians, who are on-hand to offer their help and guidance.
For more detailed information about the services available, visit our Library website.
Coronavirus safety measures
Safety measures in the Library include:
- There are hand sanitisers at the entrance and across the building - please use them.
- We're welcoming back visitors (i.e. non-members) to the Library. Visitors will be required to show photo ID and complete a day pass form. The day pass will register Library entries and exits for Test & Trace purposes.
- Additional cleaning regimes are in place and extra cleaning materials will be available for visitors to clean areas and surfaces.
Our Library offers a variety of services for students, staff, researchers and external readers including:
Key library services include
You can contact the Enquiries Service Team for all general enquiries and get support face-to-face or remotely via live chat, phone or email. You can use the live chat to speak to library staff Monday – Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm (excluding bank holidays), and use the out of hours service in evenings, weekends and bank holiday.
You can easily borrow, renew and return library items using our self-service kiosks. Powered with RFID technology, each kiosk allows you to borrow multiple items at once, without any hassle.
For more details on borrowing entitlements, visit our borrowing and reservations page.
From our document delivery service to requesting journal articles and 1-to-1 support through our Faculty Librarians, we provide exceptional support to our distance learners. Find out more at our distance learners library page.
You can access our electronic resources – including e-books and e-journals – wherever you are, using the same username and password as you do for Moodle.
For more information about electronic resources and working anywhere, visit our dedicated library page.
All the Library's group study rooms are now open and available for students to book, although their capacity has been reduced proportionately to the ventilation levels we have been able to achieve. Students are advised to check the maximum permitted room occupancy for any particular group study room when booking because some rooms can currently safely accommodate only two people at any one time. The Library Meeting Room is available for larger group meetings.
Full details are on the Library website.
We have access to a network of libraries across the country – including the world's biggest national library, the British Library. You can also order books, articles and chapters in physical and electronic forms to help them with coursework and resource.
For further details, check out our interlibrary loan page.
You can borrow a University laptop with Microsoft Office software, internet browser and printers installed, for up to 12 hours – head to our laptops for loan library page for more details.
Our interactive guide and referencing tool helps students reference sources correctly, based on published style guides and local practice. See how our referencing tool works at our University referencing site.
Getting into the Lirbary
Accessing the library
The University Library now welcomes visitors bearing photographic ID , SCONUL Access students from other institutions, and any of our University staff or students may obtain a printed day pass from the cardless visit kiosk outside the turnstiles if they arrive at the library without their staff/student card.
The cardless visit day pass only allows access through the turnstiles - students still require their student card to borrow books or a laptop and to claim any group study room they might have booked. There's more information on accessing the University Library on the Library website.
Remote access to the library
If you're not able to get to the Library, staff are also working remotely via online chat and email support services to help you find the resources you need. All of our chat handling teams are experts in finding, accessing and referencing information and will be more than happy to help you.
You can access the online chat by visiting the Library website and clicking the speech bubble on the right-hand side of the homepage.
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