Despite current restrictions, the library remains open as an essential service. There are some limitations to the services on offer, but many remain open with extra COVID-19 precautionary measures in place. These will be reviewed and updated as restrictions ease. 

Access to the library and services – 2021

Details of current available library services and COVID safety measures. These will be reviewed and updated in line with government guidance. 

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You must book study seats

The Library study spaces have been socially distanced to give you a safe place to work. All available library seats are now bookable. The new booking system includes the option to select a study space, study space with a computer or an informal study space (e.g. sofa space). Book a study space.

All library study spaces are for solo study – there are no group study facilities. We encourage you to use MS Teams for group meetings.

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Walk-in access for some services

Level 2 (entry level) is partially open for some services:

  • The Click and Collect service to pick up reserved books (including the short loan collection) and the Self Service devices to check out/return books. Find the item you want on the library catalogue then click the link in the record to request it.
  • Library catalogue terminals near the entrance.
  • Face-to-face library and IT support are available at the Information Centre for essential/urgent enquiries. The fastest way to get support is through Unidesk self service portal, via live chat (on your portal), or by email at (IT) or (Library)


Student using hand sanitizer

COVID-19 safety measures

  • Face masks are mandatory in the Library building unless you are exempted under Government legislation
  • Hand sanitisers have been installed throughout the building – you must sanitise your hands on entering the library
  • Visitors studying in the library are required to wipe down desk surfaces, keyboards and mice before and after use using the antibacterial wipes provided
    service points now have a perspex shield to protect staff and customers
  • In line with the current lockdown restrictions, and to ensure compliance with the requirement to wear face coverings, no food or drink to be consumed in the library, including covered hot drinks. You may drink water, but please replace your mask immediately.
  • Please observe social distancing within the library and respect other library users
  • All toilets are open for single person use, please use the ‘engaged/vacant’ slider as you enter and leave the toilet to indicate to others when it’s in use
  • Any books handled must be returned to quarantine trolleys placed around the shelf area.
  • Our Archives Reading Room is closed until further notice. Contact is you require access to material.

Library Opening Hours

Spring 2021

Monday - Friday 8:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm

Summer 2021 -
from Friday 28 May

Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday 8.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm

Resources and facilities

student in library

Library catalogue

Browse the collections, find books and access electronic resources. 

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Subject research guides

Detailed guides on research in your subject area. 

Wide view of the library

A-Z online resources

Find the best library databases for your research.

Students in library

Study space

Check out all our study facilities and make a booking. 

Research staff doing experiment

Maker space

3D scanning, 3D printing and a chance to learn the basics of coding.

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Wellbeing space

A dedicated place to relax when you need a break from studying.