What to expect

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We have made some changes to our library service to keep you safe under the current government guidelines, while continuing to support your learning and research. For all students, your ‘virtual Library’ is fully open and while working remotely, you can access an extensive range of ebooks, journals and other resources online. You can also get support with assignments or develop your academic and digital skills via online workshops, elearning and individual appointments from our Skills for Learning team.

In line with Government advice, some on-campus library services are available for students. While on campus, you can access some socially distanced general learning spaces, IT facilities, and a Click & Collect service for learning materials in the Clifford Whitworth Library. 

Full details are provided on these web pages. 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 – Please wear your face mask (unless medically exempt) while moving around the library. You can remove your mask when seated in your library space.

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.

Food and drink – It's ok to bring food into the library, please clean up afterwards so as not to add to an already increased cleaning schedule. Any hot drinks should have a lid. 

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.

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