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Phased reopening of Library buildings

Study spaces are available to book now, alongside click and collect at the Edward Boyle Library.

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. As restrictions begin to ease, we’re now beginning to reopen our buildings in phases – with the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff our top priority.

Our three-phase plan for reopening the Library

We are now in the third phase of our plan:

Study spaces at the Brotherton Library are available to book now, in addition to those at the Edward Boyle and Laidlaw Library. We will continue to increase the number of study spaces available across our buildings, open up additional buildings and extend our current opening hours, as part of a rolling programme through September.

Spaces are open to University of Leeds staff, students and NHS members.

Studying at the Library

Book your study place at Eventbrite:

Please limit your bookings to two sessions per week.

Booking closes for the following day at 2pm. After 2pm, please look for the next available day. We will release the following week’s study slots on Wednesdays.

Your booking is for study space only, there is no access to the book shelves. If you need items for study, please use the click and collect service.

We will confirm your booking by email. Please bring this and your University ID with you to the Library. Please queue outside the main entrance (in front of the Edit Room café) on arrival at the Edward Boyle, at the Brotherton entrance in the Parkinson building, and at the Woodhouse Road entrance of the Laidlaw.

We will give you a desk number on arrival. Once inside the building, follow directional signage to find your seat. Study spaces are clearly numbered – you must stay at your allocated study space.

Please wear a facemask while entering and moving around inside the library - you can remove your mask while you study. Cleaning materials will be provided so that you can clean your study space at the start and end of your session.

How to “click and collect” at the Edward Boyle Library

Search for your items using Library Search – books available for click and collect will have a “request” button in the full item record. You can request up to ten books at a time. Items from collections held at the Edward Boyle, Brotherton and Laidlaw libraries can be requested for collection.

We will send an email to your University email address when our items are ready to collect from the Edward Boyle Library. You may collect items between 12pm and 4pm Monday to Saturday. Please wear a facemask when you visit the Library for collections.

Follow the signs and the one-way system to collect your items from the shelves. Your items will be packaged, labelled with your name and sorted by surname. We will issue items ahead of your collection so you will not need to use self-issue machines. All you have to do is find the bag with your name, take it from the shelf and leave the library by the marked one-way system.

Look out for floor stickers and signage to know which entrance to use, where to wait and the direction of our one-way system. You must stay at your allocated study space - seats are assigned ahead of time so moving desks means you may be taking a space from another user. There may also be track and trace implications.

Staff will be on hand to assist with directing you but if you have any enquiries, please contact us by email or webchat.

Returning items

If you are using the click and collect service, you can return books to the trolley near the exit of the Edward Boyle Library.

You can also return any on-loan items through the book slot near the Hillary Place entrance of the Laidlaw Library.

The book return slot on Hillary Place.

The book return slot at ground level on Hillary Place.

We will quarantine returned books for three days before making them available for loan again. They will remain on your library account during this time.

If you are coming back to Leeds in the new academic year, please hold on to items until you return. You will not receive any late fees or recalls during 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

The Special Collections Research Centre is reopening for University of Leeds researchers, visits must be booked in advance by email. Contact us to arrange a visit.

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

We are digitising material and working through the backlog of requests for teaching and research.

Real-time online viewing of Special Collections material is available by appointment – currently limited to one hour per session. To request an appointment, please contact Special Collections.

We can provide digital mobile phone quality images of material for individual research at no charge.  Staff will be able to work for up to one hour on requests, please contact us to make a request.

If the material you wish to see is too large or fragile for the Research Centre Team to photograph safely, you can submit a request for a high-quality image though our Digitisation Service – charges will apply.

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, the library webpages and @UoLLibrary with any changes as soon as they are confirmed.

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