What to expect

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While our ‘virtual library’ has stayed open throughout the campus closure, behind the scenes our dedicated staff have been working tirelessly to bring our study spaces and resources back to students, keeping your learning and safety at the forefront of our minds. We know that for many the Library is an integral place to learn, research, access technology and feel connected to our Salford community, so we are really looking forward to welcoming new and returning students alike.

Your COVID-secure Library won’t look quite like it normally does, and like the rest of the University we are ready to make changes if government guidance changes, so the information on these pages will be kept up to date so you know what to expect.

Keeping you safe

Your health and safety, as always, remains our top priority. To give you full confidence when visiting our spaces, and to comply with University and Government guidance, we have put a few very important measures in place:  

Social distancing – We have been working hard to redesign our spaces and introduce a one-way system to make it clearer and easier for you to adhere to social distancing guidance that will be in place. Look out for signage that will guide you in high use spaces such as toilets and lifts. Additionally, we have also adapted our study spaces to be COVID-secure meaning that they will be mostly bookable.

Wearing a face covering – In line with current University guidance, when you enter a Library space you should always wear a face covering (unless you are exempt from doing so), except when sat at your assigned study space, which has been designed to maintain a 2-metre distance.

Keeping the space clean – When you come into the Library there will be hand sanitizer (alcohol based) stations for you to use. These stations will also be distributed around the Library spaces including at service stations such as the printers, and each study space will be fully cleaned and sanitized in between bookings. There will also be Perspex screens at the various help desks around the Library. You’ll also find that our usual comfortable soft furniture has been temporarily replaced  to allow for full and frequent cleaning.

Borrowing resources – To make sure you can borrow books and equipment safely, you won’t be able to help yourself to books from the shelves, and instead there will be a new click & collect service to request an item (maximum ten items per visit). We have careful handling, cleaning and quarantine procedures in place to ensure that you can borrow those items safely. There are also more e-resources than ever available to access online, so if you can't come to campus, you won't miss out.

Take a look at the services listed below and find out the latest.