What to expect when visiting the library

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to affect many aspects of university life and study. To help keep you safe, we've made some changes to how our libraries and study centres operate. Please read the information on this page carefully before you visit.

Before you arrive at the library / study centre:

  • Familiarise yourself with the university's coronavirus guidance.

  • Please check the library / study centre's webpage for details on opening and browsing hours.

  • Most seats can now be used on a walk-in basis. This means that you will not need to book ahead of using them. At some of our venues there is the option to book at study desk. You may find this useful if you want to guarantee a workspace in a particular library or study centre at a designated time. If you wish to use a bookable study desk, use the form to book a seat in advance.

  • Please bring a face covering, unless you are exempt. We expect and recommend that you wear a face covering when you are indoors in university buildings unless a risk assessment for an activity or area specifically states otherwise. For more information on the university's guidance on face coverings, please see the university's campus safety guidance.

At the library / study centre:

  • Please wear a face covering at all times, unless you are exempt. We expect and recommend that you wear a face covering when you are indoors in university buildings unless a risk assessment for an activity or area specifically states otherwise. For more information on the university's guidance on face coverings, please see the university's campus safety guidance.
  • Following advice from PHE the library no longer needs to quarantine returned books. Please continue to follow regular hand hygiene practices when handling the library books or journals. All library spaces are supplied with hand sanitiser for your use.
  • No food is to be eaten in the libraries and study centres. All drinks must be lidded.
  • There will be cleaning material available for you to sanitise your work space and equipment at the start and end of your study session.
  • Sanitation stations are available at all sites.
  • Touch points will be regularly cleaned by staff.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice and guidance

The university's latest advice and guidance on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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