Last updated on 20 September 2021 at 09:20
The Library is open! You are welcome to use the Library, abiding by the University's Covid-secure guidelines.
Here are the full details of the service available, and guidelines for safe use.
Please see our Opening Hours page for the most up-to-date information on open and staffed hours.
Library reopening FAQs
How are you keeping everyone safe in the Library?
We have been working hard to put measures in place to enable safe use of the Library. This includes:
- Hand sanitisers at the entrance (and exit) to the Library, and at the entrance to each Library floor.
- Self-clean sanitisation stations around the library.
- Perspex screens at the front-line service points.
Do I need to book in advance to visit the Library?
From Monday 13th September, University staff and students no longer need to book your Library visit in advance.
Booking is still required for public members.
Can I use the bookable study rooms?
Group study rooms will be available at full capacity from Monday 20th September. Maximum occupancy is clearly displayed upon booking.
Group study rooms can be pre-booked for up to two hours at a time. You can make one booking per day, and up to three per week.
Will I have to wear a mask?
You will need to wear a face covering inside the building, unless exempt according to government guidance.
Will I be able to eat and drink in the Library?
For hygiene and to limit the possibility of infection, the water dispensers across campus have been disabled. You are welcome to bring in bottled drinks but you will not be able to refill them in the Library.
Scholars' Rest, the break area on floor 5, will reopen from Monday 20th September. This is the only area in the Library where food and hot drinks are allowed.
Are the printers and scanners available?
Printers and scanners are available as normal. Please wash and/or sanitise your hands before and after using the printers.
Will I be able to browse and borrow books?
Yes, you are welcome to browse the shelves and borrow books. Please wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling books and avoid touching anything you don't intend to borrow. Remember that you can search Summon before visiting the library, to identify useful books in advance and reduce the amount of time you need to spend searching the shelves.
What if I need a book that someone else has on loan?
Requesting items has been reinstated from Friday 17 September 2021. If you need a book that someone else has, please use the "request" link in Summon. Full instructions are available in this video.
I can't get to the Library to return my books. Will I be fined if I don't return items on time?
If a book you have out has been requested, and you are unable to come in to return it by the due date (for example, if you are self-isolating due to a positive Covid test), please contact us on library as soon as possible. Late returns are subject to fees.
I need a book and can't get to the Library. Can you post it to me?
You can request any book that is available in the library using our door-to-door service. There is a small charge for this service.
Can I borrow a laptop?
Laptops are available to borrow from the lockers outside the library entrance and in the 24/7 labs, during opening hours. When the library is closed the building will be locked so it will not be possible to borrow or return laptops outside of opening hours. Laptop loan periods have been extended, so you can now borrow a laptop for up to seven days at a time.
You can check how many laptops are available to borrow on our computer and laptop availability page before you travel to campus.
Can I still get help with Library and IT queries?
You will be able to get face-to-face support at the Library Help Desk during staffed hours, and you can also access IT Support via 01484 473737 on a 24/7 basis.
You will also be able to find answers to commonly asked questions on HudHelp.
If you need help with your research, literature searching or referencing, please send your queries to our librarians via library, or use the online form in HudHelp to book a one-to-one appointment via phone or video call.
I'm a member of teaching staff. Can I order books/update my reading lists?
Yes, we are ordering books as normal. When ordering new books, we are prioritising items available electronically. These should be available online within a few days of ordering. We are still ordering print items as well, but these may take longer to arrive due to ongoing COVID-safe precautions both on campus and from our supplier.
I'm an external member/member of the public/SCONUL user. Can I still use the library?
The Library will reopen to public users on the following dates:
- Alumni: Monday 13th September 2021.
- Public members: Friday 1st October 2021.
- SCONUL Access: Monday 15th November.
All external users will need to book in advance to visit the Library.
How can I keep in touch with the library?
We are keeping all of our social media channels up to date with news, developments, and tips for studying remotely. Follow us to see the latest news, we are @hudlib on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
We also have useful videos on studying, literature searching, using Summon and more on our YouTube channel.
Please use HudHelp to find answers to other commonly-asked questions and to request support.