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More than just books

Learn more about the resources available for you at our library

Coronavirus

The University Library is open, with safety measures in place to protect students and staff while inside.

Opening hours are currently 9.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. From 5 October this will be extended to 8.00am to 12.00am (midnight) Monday to Sunday, for the start of term.

Safety measures include:

  • All visitors are required to wear a face covering when in the library. A small supply of masks will be available for visitors who may not have one when they arrive.
  • When in the library please follow the signage and any other guidance to maintain social distancing. There are hand sanitisers at the entrance and across the building - please use them.
  • All students and staff must have their University Card to access the library - anyone without a card will not be allowed to enter. This is so that we can manage the number of people in the library at any one time and maintain social distancing. The library is not open to the public at this time.
  • The reception desk and the IT Helpdesk will be open with other services remaining online such as the Academic Liaison Team.
  • We’re encouraging library users to not browse books in the library. Instead, browse online and come and collect the books that you need. If you are in the library and pick up a book that you do not need please place it on one of the book trolleys provided, and not back on the shelf. These books will then be quarantined before being returned to the shelves.
  • To allow for social distancing there will be a reduced number of study areas and open access PCs available. The study rooms will remain closed.
  • Additional cleaning regimes are in place and extra cleaning materials will be available for visitors to clean areas and surface.

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.

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.

Key services

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 also contact the library via the online enquiry form or emailing library@port.ac.uk.

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.

Search the catalogue straight away through our online library search, or go to your library subject page to find relevant resources, reading lists and recommended sources.

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.

Group study rooms are unavailable due to Coronavirus as they are not large enough to allow social distancing to be applied. We will review this through Teaching Block 1.

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.

If you need one-to-one support while you research a project or dissertation, you can book a librarian. Booking requests are managed on a regular basis between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).

Where to find us

Location

University Library
Cambridge Road
Portsmouth
PO1 2ST

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