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Library and lockdown – latest update

A summary of changes to our services during the latest lockdown.

We’ve made some changes to library services since the government’s latest lockdown was announced. Here’s the latest info you need to know about borrowing, returning, study space and online services, plus a plea for your help at this time.

Click-and-collect and home delivery

Click and collect for books is still available at the Edward Boyle Library. If you cannot get to campus, you can request books for home delivery within the UK. You can return books at the Laidlaw or Edward Boyle Library, or by post.

Essential study spaces

If you are able to study from home, please stay at home and do not travel to campus. Please follow the government rules and avoid unnecessary journeys to help to reduce transmission of the virus.

We know that for some students, it’s not possible to work from home and you rely on library space to study. That’s why we are keeping some bookable library study space open. You can book a space up to three days in advance, and new booking slots open every day at around 3pm.

We have opened the Laidlaw Library for study alongside the Edward Boyle, with the same amount of study spaces and sessions. This means we can allow for greater social distancing indoors and avoid long queues in the cold at the start of study sessions.

Be kind

A huge thank you to the majority who have been following the safety measures, but now it’s even more important that everyone plays their part to keep everyone using the library and our library staff safe.

Here’s the run down of what to do:

Get a test

Please use the testing facility in the refectory when you first return to campus and receive a negative test result before using the Library facilities. If you are going to be on campus regularly, please keep getting tested, even if you feel fine, even if you think you may have had the virus already. This variant of the virus is highly contagious and the tests are more effective at picking up new infections when used regularly.

Wear a mask

Keep your mask on when you’re in the Library buildings. You will be sat at some distance from the nearest person, but we all need to look out for ourselves and for those around us. At the moment, this means keeping your mask on.

Sit in the seat you’re given

Only sit in your assigned seat. We allocate socially-distanced seats before the sessions begin, and people can arrive at any point in the session – so the seat you think is empty is probably assigned to someone else who just hasn’t arrived yet. We can’t allow you to study in groups, even if you live together, so please don’t (it’s illegal).

Follow the one-way system in place across the libraries. It’s there so that everyone can maintain a social distance and we’ve removed as many touch points as possible – this also means you can’t currently browse the shelves.

Online support

Our online services continue – access to books and journals, Skills@Library workshops, resources and appointments, virtual consultations for Special Collections, and our enquiries and webchat is available from 9am–5pm.

Subject to change!

What we’ve outlined here is what we hope we can offer through this lockdown. But as we’ve learnt over the course of the pandemic, everything can change quickly, and if so, we have to adapt. If this happens, we’ll update you via the library webpages and on Twitter @UoLLibrary.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the lockdown or any library services, please get in touch.

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