Access to the library, computer labs and study spaces

Following the easing of COVID restrictions, the University Library has reopened at full capacity, with levels 2 and 3 open to students without the requirement to book a space.

Laptops (on 4 hour loans) and PCs are available for students who wish to join an online class in the library and study zone, but those doing so are required to bring their own headphones. We will retain the screens etc around the library desks and advice to clean hands and workspaces will remain in place. The library’s popular ‘click and collect’ service will also remain for print material.

  • The Short Loan collection is also reopened as has the Well-Being Space on Level 2.
  • Level 4 remains open for silent study and provides a 1m physically distanced space, but seats must be booked in advance: Book a Study Space
  • The PGR Zone (for post-graduate students) and group study rooms are also available for prior booking

We encourage students to physically distance when using the library and to regularly sanitise their hands and workspaces using wipes and hand-gels provided. 
Face masks however must be worn throughout the whole library building at all times, as required by law. Library users are permitted to bring covered hot and cold drinks, however food should not be consumed in the library.

For library opening times see our library information webpage.

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Library services

  • You can also get help from Information Centre staff, to borrow a laptop, for click & collect book reservations, and for printing.

  • The library already provides access to nearly a third of a million ebooks and 120,000 ejournals, but we’ve invested in even more over the last year to secure access to a greater number of digital textbooks, making sure your studies are supported with the right reading materials.
  • If we can’t get you a digital copy of any of our resources, we’ll be running a Click and Collect service year-round – this will be the fastest way of getting your hands on our physical books. All of our books and journals will be sterilised after use, and if you happen to be browsing the shelves you’ll need to return books to quarantine points when you’re finished with them.
  • Our librarians will be offering a great range of online support sessions, from information and digital literacies to dissertation support and faculty drop-ins. We also have an online booking system in place so that you can arrange time with a librarian, who will meet with you online using MS Teams.
  • Our Archives reading room is currently closed but please contact us via and we will do our best to assist.
  • Our laptop loan service will be up and running, please use the antibacterial wipes provided to clean the laptop when you collect it and before you return it to the cabinet.
  • Our IT service desk is open for walk-up enquiries, but we continue to have some of our staff working from home. It may be quicker to contact us by email or via UniDesk.