Over the Christmas period students remaining on campus will be able to access study spaces at most of our libraries.Christmas image

You will need your College ID card to enter the library.  

On-site library services and IT support will not be available during the College closure period.  

Adjustments to Library services

Desk services at Central Library and all campus libraries will close on Friday 18th December. Library staff will be available on site from Monday 4th January.

Our remote enquiry services will end at 21.00 on Friday 18th December and restart at 09.00 on Monday 4th January.

Wider campus spaces and support will also be available.

Borrowing, returning and item requests

You can continue to borrow books at Central Library.  Items borrowed after December 1st 2020, will be due on Friday, 25th January 2021.

You can still request items which are currently on loan to other users, but expect a longer wait as these won’t be due until 25th January. Remember that your book will not be ready for collection until you receive a notification email.

Books returned by post or through the 24/7 book returns box between 18th December and 3rd January will be processed by library staff after Monday 4th January.

Scan and send

Our Scan and Send service will be suspended from 16th December 2020 to 3th January 2021 inclusive. The service will restart on Monday, 4th January.

Christmas and New Year opening times

Central Library, South Kensington

DateBuilding opening hoursDesk services
 Saturday 19 December   10.00 - midnight  No desk services, self-service only
 Sunday 20 December   10.00 - midnight  No desk services, self-service only
 Monday 21 December   08.00 - midnight  No desk services, self-service only
 Tuesday 22 December   08.00 - midnight  No desk services, self-service only
 Wednesday 23 December   08.00 - midnight   No desk services, self-service only
 Thursday 24 December   08.00 -17.00  No desk services, self-service only
 Friday 25 December   Closed  Closed
 Saturday 26 December   Closed  Closed
 Sunday 27 December   10.00 - midnight  No desk services, self-service only
 Monday 28 December   08.00 - midnight  No desk services, self-service only
 Tuesday 29 December   08.00 - midnight  No desk services, self-service only
 Wednesday 30 December   08.00 - midnight  No desk services, self-service only
 Thursday 31 December   08.00 -17.00  No desk services, self-service only
 Friday 1 January   Closed  Closed
 Saturday 2 January   10.00 - midnight  No desk services, self-service only
 Sunday 3 January   10.00 - midnight  No desk services, self-service only
 Monday 4 January   08.00 - midnight  normal desk services resume

Charing Cross Campus Library

Saturday 19 December - Sunday 3 January

The Library computer room (adjacent to the library) will be open from 08.00 to 22.00 and is accessible via swipe card. The building is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
 
There will be no library staff on-site during the holiday period and no access to the print book collection.
 
NHS users wishing to access the Library computer room during this period should contact Charing Cross Library to arrange a new library swipe card. These must be collected before 16.00 on Friday 18th December. 

Chelsea and Westminster Campus Library

Saturday 19 December - Sunday 3 January
Open 24/7 with swipe-card access to the main library and PC cluster
No library staff will be on-site and there is no access to the print book collection during this period
Books can be returned 24/7 via the red book returns box at the library entrance

Hammersmith Campus Library

Saturday 19 December - Sunday 3 January
The ground floor will be accessible during normal Commonwealth Building opening hours of 7am - midnight, Monday - Sunday.  It has PCs, study spaces and a printer. 
The Commonwealth Building is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.  

There will be no library staff on site during the vacation period.
Both the building and the library ground floor are accessible only with an Imperial College London ID card with existing building access rights.

Royal Brompton Campus Library

Saturday 19 December - Sunday 3 January 
Closed

St Mary's Fleming Library

Saturday 19 December - Sunday 3 January 
The first floor gallery will be open daily from 07.00 to midnight and is accessible via swipe card. 
The building is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

There will be no library staff available on-site during the Christmas holiday period.

Silwood Park Campus Library

Saturday 19 December - Sunday 3 January 
Closed