This webpage tells you what library services will be available to you in three scenarios:

  • under minimal COVID restrictions
  • under partial COVID restrictions, which allows students to be on campus whilst following guidelines
  • under full COVID restrictions, which means a return to lockdown, should there be another outbreak of coronavirus. 

Print books and journals

Under minimal COVID restrictions: Our print collections will be fully accessible across all libraries.  Some retrieval services such as our store service may be limited for a time.

Under partial COVID restrictionsThe vast majority of our resources are accessible online and we have significantly increased spending on ebooks. Access to our print collections may be more limited than usual due to reduced capacity and potentially reduced opening hours at some libraries.  

Under full COVID restrictions: Under full COVID restrictions access to our print collections would be closed.  

Library managed study and computing spaces

Under minimal COVID restrictions: Access to library study spaces will be available to near full capacity. Group study space will be reopened for shared activity.  

Under partial COVID restrictionsLibrary study spaces will be limited due to social distancing measures and potentially reduced opening hours at some libraries. We may operate a booking system to manage access.  We believe we will be able to maintain 30-40% of our normal capacity.  Group study space will not be offered.   

Under full COVID restrictions: Access to our study spaces would be closed. During the closure, Library PCs can be accessed via remote desktop, allowing students to access the specialist software off-campus.

Enquiry services

Under minimal COVID restrictions: Frontline in-person enquiry services will resume in line with advertised hours across all campus libraries.

Under partial COVID restrictionsWe will be offering a full online enquiry service during our normal staffed hours (9am-9pm). We will offer a limited face to face enquiry service at our libraries. 

Under full COVID restrictions: We will be offering a full online enquiry service during our normal staffed hours (9am-9pm). 

Library training

Under minimal COVID restrictions: Multi-mode provision including in-person training will be offered where appropriate in line with departmental requirements. In-person one-to-one training and drop-in services will be available. 

Under partial COVID restrictions: We will provide a full range of library training and support online for both groups and individuals.  We are committed to using technology enhance learning to making our online training engaging and interactive.   

Under full COVID restrictionsWe will provide a full range of library training and support online for both groups and individuals.  We are committed to using technology enhance learning to making our online training engaging and interactive.   

Laptop and iPad loans

Under minimal COVID restrictions: Laptop and iPads will be available to loan.  

Under partial COVID restrictionsThere may be reduced availability of loanable iPads and laptops if we need to quarantine them after they are returned.

Under full COVID restrictions: Our usual iPad and Laptop loan service would not be available, however laptops may be issued for longer term loan to students who are in particular need. 

Find out more about the College library services by visiting the Library website