Coronavirus updates

Library service availability

As part of the University’s response to Coronavirus, our Library sites are currently closed.

We’re working hard to provide you with the best online experience in these unusual circumstances.

Ask us a question

Online help and support: You can contact us by email on or via our Chat service, available on the library website between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Please note: Due to the Easter bank holidays, there will be no library enquiry services on Friday 10th, Sunday 12th and Monday 13th April.

Access to online library resources

Students working away from the campus can use a wide range of online journals, e-books and other learning resources to help with your studies. We've written a blog post that tells you how to make the most of these and you can also see the list of available resources on the Library website homepage.

Check your online reading lists via the Blackboard space for your modules to get direct links to recommended reading.

New: Additional resources!

We've put together a reading list of resources which have recently been made freely available by publishers and suppliers. Take a look and see what's there to help your studies:  

If there's something you need to read and we don't currently have it, we'll do our best to get it for you. Just request it via the You Want It, We Get It service.

Other information

  • No book returns: We're not currently accepting book returns. Please return your books next time you are on campus. If you are not coming back onto campus, email us at and we will work something out.            
  • No Library fines: You won't accrue any library fines while we are closed. You will not have to return your books until the campus re-opens and face-to-face teaching resumes.            
  • All recalls and reservations have been suspended: If you get any automated notifications from us asking you to return a book, just ignore them. You won't be able to put in any new requests for library items. Any requests that have  already been placed will be cancelled.            
  • No inter-library loans: We're currently unable to fulfil requests for access to material from other libraries, nor requests for access from other libraries.      

Support with your studies

The Library's Skills for Learning team are delivering a range of webinars and 1:1 appointments online. These can be booked via Advantage. See our Skills for Learning website for further information.

Thousands of high-quality courses to help you develop your digital skills are available via LinkedIn Learning.

Research support

The library research support team is continuing to deliver an online service. Please continue to deposit your publications into USIR and your research data into Figshare or get in touch with us for other support.


Create accessible documents

The SensusAccess service, available to staff and students, can be used to convert inaccessible documents such as image-only PDF files, JPG pictures and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into more accessible and less tricky formats.

Find out more about the accessible services that the library provides.