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Phased reopening of Library buildings

We’ve got a three-phase plan for how the Library can reopen so you can access materials, return items and, in later phases, study safely on campus.

During the “lockdown”, the Library has been open online to help you study, research and prepare for the new academic year. We will continue to offer these online services. However, as restrictions begin to ease, we’re now looking at how we can reopen our buildings in phases – with the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff our top priority.

We want to let you know how we’re approaching this so you know what to expect. Unfortunately we don’t have definite dates confirmed for each of these phases yet. It’s complicated but we’re working hard to get things ready as quickly and as safely as possible. We’ll keep you updated with Library news and on Twitter @UoLLibrary as soon as we can.

Phase one – Returning some staff to campus and testing our plans

In the first phase of reopening the Library, some Library staff will begin to return to our buildings. We will test our plans for phase two and three to make sure that they can be carried out safely and effectively. We will update this page when those tests are complete and we have a definite date for the start of phase two.

Phase two – Library opening for “click and collect” and returns

We will open one Library building so that you can collect requested items and return on-loan items. We will not be open for studying, computer use or printing facilities.

We are working on a system so you can request items in advance, which we will pick off the shelves for you.

You can return items to campus once this phase goes live. However, if you’re due to return in the new academic year or live locally, please hold on to your loans as you will not accrue any fines at this time.

If you’re leaving Leeds for good, please contact us with details of your situation and we will look into available options for you.

Special Collections

A large number of digitised materials are available through the Special Collections catalogue.

We will resume digitising material and there will be members of the team able to answer queries which require physical access to Special Collections materials.

We’re looking into an online system for viewing materials in real-time.

Phase three – Access to study spaces

When safe to do so, we will begin to offer socially distanced spaces to study within the open Library building. There will be a system for booking study spaces ahead of time and prescribed one-way routes within the Library.

It’s currently unclear if we will be able to offer Special Collections access during this phase.

Still available online

We’re still committed to providing exceptional support online. So you can continue to access:

We will continue to update this news story with any updates as they come and @UoLLibrary will also share live updates.