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Covid-19 Adjustments

Current adjustments to Library Services

Current on-campus library provision

Please check this page regularly for updates on changes to our services.

Online Services

We continue to offer extensive online services and you can find a huge range of online resources via CityLibrary Search. You can chat to us online Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, send us an enquiry, or check out our FAQs via 'Ask Us'.

We continue to run online workshops on a range of topics, or if you need more specialist/subject based help you can book an online meeting with a librarian via our appointments page.

Borrowing Books

Items from all our libraries are available to request and collect. It is not possible to browse or retrieve items from the shelves, items must be requested via CityLibrary Search and can be collected from the Northampton Square Library or the Business Library. The Law Library remains closed, but Law books can be requested for collection from the Northampton Square Library.

We will email you when your requested items are ready to collect. You have 7 days to collect your items. Book collection opening hours are currently:

  • Northampton Square Library - Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00 
  • Business Library - Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00

Things to remember:

  • We are unable to post requested items - only in-person collection is available.
  • You will need your City ID card.  Arrangements are in place for new students to collect cards and returning students to obtain new ID cards.
  • A maximum of 10 requests is permitted on your library account at any time.

Returning Books

You can return library items via our Book Return Boxes, which are located as follows;

  • Northampton Square -
    • on the 1st floor walkway of University Building 
    • outside the main entrance to the University Building 
    • inside the entrance to the library
  • Business Library - 
    • on the ground floor of the building


Keeping our libraries, our users and our staff safe

We expect you to wear a face covering in potentially crowded or enclosed spaces, unless you are exempt.  Please respect other students' and staff members decision to wear a face covering.

Hand sanitiser and cleaning materials will be provided for students to wipe surfaces, keyboards and equipment before use.

Further guidance can be found on the student hub.

Using other libraries

The Senate House Library is currently offering limited bookings for study spaces (for members only), Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:45 and Saturdays 09:45-17:15.  Remote access to online resources is possible for University of London students by registering using their online form.

The British Library Reading Rooms are now open Tuesday-Saturday, (hours vary, so check their website for details), and visits must be booked ahead.

The SCONUL Access scheme is suspended until further notice.

There is currently no access to other University of London libraries.