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Returning to campus

Limited Library Services now available

Important Information

Whilst much of the campus remains closed and in order to meet City requirements and comply with public health measures, all students and staff visiting the campus must confirm any arrangements in advance. This means that in order to either borrow books or to use one of the limited number of study spaces we are making available, it is essential that you book ahead, so that we can notify university security to ensure access is enabled.  

Returning Books

From Monday the 6th July you will be able to return library items via our Book Return Box, which will be located outside the Northampton Square main entrance. The book return box will be open Monday to Friday, 10:00-16:00. 

Please note: due to the need to quarantine returned items for 72 hours on arrival, these items will remain on your library account for up to a week after they are returned. No overdue charges will be incurred during this period. If you are concerned about any titles remaining on your library account after this period, please contact us

If you are a final year student with items to return, but are unable to travel to the Northampton Square campus, please get in touch with us


Borrowing Books

From Tuesday 14th July, items available from the Northampton Square Library will be available for onsite collection. It will not be possible to browse or retrieve items from the shelves, and items will need to be requested via CityLibrary Search. This requesting facility will be opened on Thursday 9th July.

We will email you when your requested items are ready to collect. You must book a pick-up date and time within the next 7 days to come and collect your items.    Pick-up slots will be available Monday-Friday, either 10:00-13:00 or 13:00-16:00

Things to remember:

  • Unless you have also pre-booked a study space (see below for details), you will not be permitted to stay in the library after collecting your books.
  • We are unable to post requested items - only in-person collection is available.
  • Once you have booked your collection time, we will issue the requested items on your account. This is to make the pick-up process as smooth as possible and reduce unnecessary handling of cards and books.
  • A maximum of 10 requests is permitted on your library account at any time.
  • Anything borrowed between now and early September will be on loan to you until 5th October 2020.
  • Due to parts of the campus remaining closed, we are unable to request items from Business or Law libraries at present. We will update this page as and when this changes.

Study Spaces

From Tuesday 14th July, we will be making a limited number of computer desks and study spaces available on Level 2 of the Northampton Square Library to City students. To use these study spaces you must book ahead. This requesting facility will be opened on Thursday 9th July.

We will have 14 computer desks and 6 desks without PCs available to book. At present you can only make one booking per day for one of the following time slots (Monday-Friday);

  • 10:00-12:45
  • 13:00-15:45

The IT Service Desk in the library will remain closed for the foreseeable future, any IT enquiries will continue to be responded to remotely via Service Now.

WiFi access remains available via the eduroam network, and printing and photocopying will be possible on Level 2 of the Northampton Square Library.

Keeping our libraries, our users and our staff safe

Entry to the University is from the main Northampton Square entrance only. You will be unable to access any other parts of the campus. Please remember to maintain social distancing at all times.

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

Access is only permitted to the study area on Level 2. A water point for refilling bottles and toilet facilities are available from the main walkway area (Level 1). There will not be any catering outlets open on campus.

If you are coming to Northampton Square Library to collect books or use a booked study space, please review the Health and Safety checklist ahead of your visit.

Using other libraries

The Senate House Library is offering a click and collect service from the 6th July 2020, but there is currently no access to study spaces. Remote access to online resources is possible for University of London students by registering using their online form.

The British Library will be opening some of their Reading Rooms at St Pancras and Boston Spa, initially just to Readers with an in-date Reader Pass, from the 22nd July 2020.

The SCONUL Access scheme is suspended until further notice.

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