Frequently asked questions

When will the Central Library building be closed?

The Central Library will close at midnight on Thursday 11 March and reopen at 10.00 on Saturday 20 March.

Library staff will continue to be available to help you remotely, contact library@imperial.ac.uk or your librarian 

Where will I be able to study while the library is closed?

You will be able to study in one of the College breakout spaces or at our campus libraries

The following breakout spaces are available on the South Kensington campus:

  • hBar
  • Seminar and Learning Centre
  • Queen’s Tower Rooms
  • Electrical Engineering Café

For full details and opening times see Breakout spaces 

See Our libraries for opening times at the campus libraries.

Will I be able to borrow books?

You will not be able to borrow print books while the Central Library building is closed but your librarian will be able to help you find alternative e-books and other resources.

Contact your librarian

Where should I drop off my returned books?

If you want to return books that you have finished with to the Central Library, please, if possible keep them until the library building reopens. All books have been issued until Wednesday 7th April and Library Services will not recall them until after that date.

If you do need to return a book you can leave it in the book drop box outside the Central Library or at one of our campus libraries.

Will there be a printer available?

Communal printers are available across the South Kensington Campus at the following locations:

RSM (All levels)
Bessemer (Basement)
City & Guilds (Level 2,3,6,7)

Will I be able to borrow a laptop to using during the closure period?

Library Laptops will not be available to borrow during the closure period.

Where can I access Business databases during the closure period?

Bloomberg PCs are available on the ground floor of the Business School (Room LG17) and in Sherfield 156.

Please email bs.facultyservices@imperial.ac.uk with any questions.

Will I be able to book a study room or priority space?

The Central Library study rooms and priority spaces will not be available but you will be able to use the breakout spaces on the South Kensington campus.

The Queen’s Tower Rooms may be used for group work and the Seminar and Learning Centre on level 5, Sherfield Building for priority study.

Contact your department for help with booking a priority space.

Will the Library Café remain open?

The Library café will be closed during this time. Alternative café services are available in other buildings
https://www.imperial.ac.uk/food-and-drink/opening-hours/

Will I be able to visit the Apple Tech Bar?

No, the ICT service desk & Apple Tech Bar in the Central Library will not be available during this time.
Details here on alternative ways to contact ICT.

Who can help me?

For questions about the closure and all other help please contact your librarian or email library@imperial.ac.uk