Library Services during the January 2021 lockdown

Following on from university updates in response to the new national lockdown and updated government guidelines, we are able to provide you with more detail on the current library offer. Please be aware that this remains subject to change as the ongoing situation develops – we recommend that you keep checking the library website and Twitter feed for the latest updates. 

At present all our libraries and study centres are closed, except the Arts and Social Sciences Library and Veterinary Sciences Library, which remain open for urgent access only. This access is restricted to: 

1.) those with an urgent need to access IT and digital services – for example those who do not have it at home,  

2.) those unable to study at home and who need specific facilities.

The Arts and Social Sciences Library is open 7 days a week, 9am-5:30pm, and the Veterinary Sciences Library is open weekdays, 10am-5pm. Both are open on an essential access only basis. You are required to use this form to request access to the study seat booking system. Seats are available for silent study only. 

We will monitor uptake with a view to reopening the Beacon House Study Centre if demand requires it.

We want to reassure you that we will not refuse entry to anyone fulfilling either criteria. However we would remind you to ensure that you have been tested before you return to campus and that if you are permitted access to ASSL you strictly observe two-metre social distancing and wear a face covering at all times. Please note that food is not permitted in the library, and all drinks must be lidded.

The study seat booking system in use prior to January has been suspended and all bookings made through that system have been cancelled. 

Unless the book you require is available at the Arts and Social Sciences Library or the Veterinary Sciences Library AND you are in Bristol and able to collect it, we regret that at present we have no way of enabling access to physical library resources. Please contact your subject librarian to discuss other options, or contact your tutor. 

All loans have been extended until the 8th February, and will be extended further if necessary. At present, books (from any UoB Library) can be returned to the  Arts and Social Sciences Library or the Veterinary Sciences Library but, in line with Government advice, you should not visit the library solely for this purpose.  

You will find further information, FAQs and support options on our one-stop shop page. 

As indicated, these provisions are likely to change as government advice is updated so please check our website or Twitter feed regularly. 

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