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Library Services over the festive period

Access to Library Services over the festive period

The Library is open for self-service and reference use only (on the dates listed below).  The Library is open to City students, staff and registered external users only.  All other parts of the University are closed.

Northampton Square Library opening times

Date Opening times
Thursday 23rd December 9am - 5pm 
Friday 24th – Sunday 26th December CLOSED
Monday 27th – Friday 31st December 10am – 6pm
Saturday 1st January CLOSED
Sunday 2nd - Monday 3rd January 10am – 6pm 

The Business and Law Libraries will be closed from Friday 24th December, and will reopen on Tuesday 4th January. Full opening hours can be found on our website

Borrowing books

Any items borrowed during the vacation period will be issued to you until 5th January or later. Please check your Library Account online if you wish to renew books.

Please contact Security staff if you experience any problems borrowing books using the self-service kiosks.  They will be able to advise and assist you.

Returning books

  • A book return box is situated inside the library entrance on level 2. 
  • Returned items items will not be processed until Tuesday 4th January at the earliest. Items will therefore remain on your account until then. 

Library support

Our online enquiry and chat services will not be operating between 24th December and 3rd January inclusive. Any queries submitted during this period will be followed up on from 4th January onwards. 

Please refer to the library website and the library guides for information and help with using library services and resources. Use Ask Us to find a quick answer to your questions.

Keeping our libraries, our users and our staff safe

  • You must carry your City ID card with you at all times on campus. Security staff will be checking ID cards and no entry will be permitted without a current City ID card. 
  • All members of the City community are expected to wear a face covering in all indoor spaces on campus (including all library study areas), unless they are exempt
  • Hand sanitiser and cleaning materials are provided to wipe surfaces, keyboards and equipment before use. 
  • Further guidance can be found on the Student Hub.