The University Library is now open at full capacity, with levels 2 and 3 open on a walk-in basis, without the need to book. 

Level 4 is open for silent study and provides a 1m physically distanced space, but seats must be booked in advance.

Please note that by law, face masks must be worn in the Library at all time. Please scroll down for more detail.

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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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Access to study space

Levels 2 (entry level) and 3 of the Library are fully open for walk in access. These floors have a mixture of open group study areas, open study desks and study desks with computers. 

Level 4 is physically distanced and reserved for silent study. Please book your seat on the Library booking system. Study desks with computers are available as well as standard study desks.

Group study rooms are available on Levels 3 and 4 and must be booked in advance.

Postgraduate students can book a place in the Postgraduate Study Zone.

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Access to services

  • The Click and Collect service which was introduced during the pandemic is still available. This allows you to request that a book is placed aside for you to collect from the Library.
  • Laptops for loan – there are 2 self-service laptop cabinets on Level 2. Laptops can be checked out for 4 hours. Headphones are not supplied so please bring your own.
  • Well-being space – situated in the Short Loan area of the library.
  • Short Loan collection – high demand text books. 
  • Face-to-face library and IT support are available at the Information Centre.   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).
  • MFDs (printer/copier/scanners) are available on every floor of the library.


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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 – please sanitise your hands on entering the library, handling stock or using facilities such as printers/ laptop cabinets etc.
  • Library users are required to wipe down desk surfaces, keyboards and mice before and after use using the antibacterial wipes provided.
  • Our Archives Reading Room is open. Further details here.

Library Opening Hours

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

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Library search

Browse the collections, find books and access electronic resources. 

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Subject research guides

Detailed guides on research in your subject area. 

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A-Z online resources

Find the best library databases for your research.

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Study space

Check out all our study facilities and make a booking. 

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Wellbeing space

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