Library Services: your 'one-stop shop'

In line with government advice and university guidance, we have resumed certain aspects of Library Services that were curtailed as part of the initial response to COVID-19. This webpage will act as a 'one-stop shop' for information and support. 

We advise you to revisit or bookmark this page to keep up-to-date with the latest developments.

Use of Libraries and Study Spaces during Teaching Block 1

What to expect when accessing our physical collections, libraries and study spaces in Teaching Block 1.

Study seat booking system

From Monday 5 October 2020, the study seat booking system is available in all our open libraries and study centres. This is open to all students but to use it a booking must be made before your visit. Please see the study seat booking system page for more information.

Discussion Zone

Senate House Study Centre is now available as a discussion zone. While all other library and study spaces remain silent zones, the 4th floor of Senate House is now available for individual online discussions during online learning sessions. Please respect the University social distancing rules when carrying out group work. 

Study spaces will need to be booked through the library study seat booking system in advance.  

To keep these spaces safe to use, students must wear a face covering at all times and must not consume food while seated at a study desk.  Bottled water or lidded drinks are permitted. There will be cleaning stations available to sanitise your desk before and after use.  

Accessing electronic resources

Guidance on how to access the library's electronic resources when working off-campus.

What to do if you think you have coronavirus

If you have coronavirus symptoms, you should:

  • Stay at home: don’t attend classes and avoid socialising with others
  • Get a test if you haven’t already done so – you can find out how here

We’ll then let your school know, as well as your halls (if you live in university residences), to make sure you can get any support you need. If you have any questions you can contact the Information Point.

What to do if you have to self-isolate for other reasons 

You may also need to self-isolate for other reasons. These could include:  

  • Being advised to do so by NHS Test & Trace because you have been in contact with someone who is confirmed to have coronavirus  
  • Travelling to the UK from a country not on the list of exempt countries

In these circumstances you should tell us using the self-reporting form. 

For any other short-term absences you should follow the university’s normal absence processes. If you are going to be studying online for a longer period (for example, because of travel restrictions which mean you can’t come or return to the UK) you can complete the location of study form here

Keep in touch

Use our 'Ask the Library' live chat enquiry service on our contacts page if you have questions about library resources or procedures.

Alternatively, you can email us at

Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for news and updates.

Accessibility and support

Find out about the services and support we provide for disabled and dyslexic learners. We can also support part time learners or those with caring/parental responsibility where time on campus is limited. 

Subject support

Get help with subject-related enquiries and advice about library resources.

Study skills

The Study Skills team are running online tutorials and workshops for all students, including an interactive online resource on studying from home.

Freely available resources

Many publishers are providing temporary additional access to online resources, including ebooks, ejournals, and databases to help support you during the period of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Suggest a book purchase

Send us your book purchase suggestion and help us develop the library collection to meet your reading needs.

Special Collections

Special Collections enquiries should be sent to or voicemails can be left on 0117 928 8014. The Reading Room remains closed for the time being but staff can provide a copying service and will undertake some initial research on your behalf. Please see the Special Collections webpage for more information about the collections.

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions - Covid-19

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