COVID-19 latest updates

Wear your face covering posterUpdated Wednesday 22 September 2021

Central and campus library buildings are open to current Imperial students and staff, NHS staff, alumni and students with pre-arrival status or who are taking exam resits.

For opening hours see Our libraries.

We are increasing the numbers of available spaces however capacity at all our libraries continues to be significantly reduced. A queuing system is in place at Central Library when the building is very busy so remember to take all your belongings with you when you leave.

Please follow our latest COVID-19 safety guidance and help keep our spaces safe and open. This includes wearing your face covering when moving around our libraries and scanning the NHS QR code.

Our remote online services, including enquiries and workshops, continue to operate and you can also get in touch with your subject librarian for dedicated support.

For general enquiries contact:
library@imperial.ac.uk
020 7594 8810

Studying safely in our libraries

Please follow this guidance to ensure a safe study environment and help keep library buildings open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact library@imperial.ac.uk

You should also follow general College guidance and the Code of Conduct for all staff and students working or studying on-site during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Study safe in our libraries - measures

Visiting the library

The Library is a campus ‘drop-in’ service. You do not need to pre-book.

Check visiting campuses safely for more information.

Study spaces and social distancing

Central library traffic light system

Please maintain a safe distance from others and follow any route guidance indicated by signage.

We are monitoring library occupancy levels and ventilation, and study space at all our libraries continues to be significantly reduced.

We askt that you respect our Silent, Quiet and Group study zoning and stick to the maximum occupancy indicated for room bookings.

A queuing system is in place at Central Library when the building is very busy so remember to take all your belongings with you when you leave.

Number of study spaces per library
LibraryStudy spaces
 Central Library  997
 Charing Cross Campus Library  119
 Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library  21
 Hammersmith Campus Library  51
 Royal Brompton Campus Library  5
 St Mary's Fleming Library  64
 Silwood Park Campus Library  9
 
Study spaces per library

 

Face coverings

student wearing face covering

We expect everyone to wear a face covering when moving around our spaces unless you are exempt. If you do not have one our staff can provide one for you.

NHS QR codes

In order to keep you and other library users safe, we encourage you to scan the NHS QR code at the entrance to each library.

Cleaning and sanitising

Cleaning and sanitizing station

We have enhanced our cleaning in place and are providing sanitisation stations with spray, paper towels and hand sanitiser for you to use.

Dispose of any used cleaning materials in the correct bins around the library. Don’t forget to wash your hands frequently.

Changes to items we provide

We no longer lend headphones, phone chargers, staplers, etc, however we can give you the following items:

  • Whiteboard markers
  • Phone charging cables
  • Pens
  • Earplugs
  • Note pads
  • Staplers