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Returning to campus

Limited Library Services now available

COVID-19 announcement

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

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. The Law Library remains closed, but books can be requested for collection from Northampton Square Library - please note due to our current staffing and service levels, retrieval of these items may take slightly longer.

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, 09:00-21:00, Saturday-Sunday 12:00-18:00
  • Business Library - Monday-Friday, 09:00-21:00

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.
  • A maximum of 10 requests is permitted on your library account at any time.

Study Spaces

Northampton Square & Business Library

We have 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 make 5 bookings per week for a maximum of 3 hours. This is to ensure the maximum number of students have access to available spaces in a safe, socially distanced way. 

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 is available via the eduroam network. Printing and photocopying is available 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

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.

Face coverings must be worn on campus unless exempt.

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 offering a click and collect service, and is providing access to a limited number of study spaces to existing members. Study spaces must be booked in advance and are available Monday-Thursday, 11:00-15:00. Remote access to online resources is possible for University of London students by registering using their online form.

The SCONUL Access scheme is suspended until further notice.

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