Access to the library, computer labs and study spaces

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic means there will be some changes to how you access the library, computer labs and study spaces when the 2020/21 term begins.

The library will be open for study and will have a range of safety measures to keep you safe. We’ll be reducing the number of study spaces available in line with any current social distancing requirements, and we’ll be limiting the number of visitors allowed in the building at any given time.

We’ll also be asking you to use our hand sanitiser to clean your hands on entry, and we’ll provide anyone using study spaces or PCs with sanitising wipes to clean down any equipment or desks before and after use.

Changes to access and service

  • The library already provides access to nearly a third of a million ebooks and 120,000 ejournals, but we’re investing even more over the summer 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 new 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 and special collections will be available by prior appointment, with a booking system to request time in our reading room with the materials you require.
  • Our laptop loan service will be up and running, with returned laptops being sterilised after use.
  • Our computer labs in the library and across campus will re-open with reduced capacity to meet social distancing requirements, and we’ve already made remote desktop access available to our student lab PCs, to make sure you have access to the software and tools you need.
  • Our IT service desk is operating fully online, but will re-open for walk-up enquiries, particularly for our new student arrivals who might need a hand getting their devices onto our Wi-Fi, or support with other practical IT issues. We’re rolling out a remote support tool so that we can connect to your devices and walk you through a set up or fix, without any need for our staff to handle your devices, keeping all of us safe.