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Returning to campus

Limited Library Services now available

Borrowing Books

From Monday 14th September, items available from the Northampton Square Library, the Business Library and the Law Library (Gray's Inn Place) will be available for you to request and collect. It will not be possible to browse or retrieve items from the shelves, and items will need to be requested via CityLibrary Search

We will email you when your requested items are ready to collect. You have 7 days to come and collect your items – you must book a collection day in order to do this, you will find details in the confirmation email you receive. Book collection opening hours for all three sites are currently;

  • Northampton Square Library - Monday-Friday, 10:00-16:00
  • Business Library (Bunhill Row) - Monday-Friday, 10:00-16:00
  • Law Library (Gray's Inn Place) - Monday-Friday, 11:00-15:00

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Study Spaces

Northampton Square & Business Library

From Monday 14th September, we will be making a limited number of computer desks and study spaces available to City students at the Northampton Square Library and the Business Library. To use these study spaces you must book ahead.

As we have limited numbers of desks and PCs available, it is important to book ahead. At present you can only make one booking per day for a maximum of 3 hours (Monday-Friday).

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 in both libraries.

Returning Books

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

  • Northampton Square Library - outside the main entrance to University Building
  • Business Library (Bunhill Row) - on the ground floor of the Business School
  • Law Library (Gray's Inn Place) - outside the library entrance

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.

Keeping our libraries, our users and our staff safe

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.

If you are coming to one of our libraries 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.