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Coronavirus - library services news

How your library service can support you.

As the University reopens for face to face teaching, your library service will resume an on campus service from the 14th September. Our top priority is the safety of students and staff, as a result we have implemented a number of measures to keep everyone safe.

This page lists all the main changes we have made to our service. Read about the measures introduced across the University with the guide: Preparing for Semester One

Your Library Service in Semester One

Library Access and Space Booking

To use the library facilities on campus you must first book a space. Visit for more information. Time slots are 3 hours long. To access our libraries you must bring your student ID card and details of your booking with you.

Opening Hours

Curzon Library (City Centre) and Mary Seacole Library (City South) will be open from 8am-10pm Monday-Friday with cleaning intervals scheduled throughout each day where the library will close temporarily in between booking periods. Our latest opening hours are available at

Margaret St (School of Art) and St Pauls Square (School of Jewellery) will remain closed for safety and wellbeing reasons. We are keeping this decision under review.

Borrowing and Returning

You can browse, borrow and return items in our libraries but remember to book a space. We have introduced a Click and Collect service which will be stationed outside our libraries. Most items on our catalogue can be reserved and collected at a time that’s suitable for you. Find out more:

Return boxes will be located outside of library spaces at Curzon and Mary Seacole Library. All students irrespective of their teaching site can utilise these. Book return boxes will also be available at School of Art and St Paul’s reception desks.

Students who have a booked library space at Curzon or Mary Seacole Libraries, can return items using our self-service kiosks during their visit.

Auto Renewals

Items you borrow will renew automatically unless someone else has reserved them. We will send notifications to your BCU email account to let you know which have been renewed and which ones you need to return because another user is waiting. Items excluded from this include Inter-Library Loans obtained from other libraries and Vocal and Orchestral Sets.

Bringing your library to you

Don't forget that we have a huge range of library resources that you can access online:

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to wear a face covering in the library?

Face coverings must be worn when moving around all BCU buildings including Libraries and in teaching rooms where 2m social distancing cannot be achieved.

How do I access the library on campus?

You will need to book a space via

Bookings will last for three hours where you will be able to study, browse, borrow and return. Printers and PCs will also be available to use.

Which libraries are open?

Curzon Library (City Centre) and Mary Seacole Library (City South) are open from the 14th September. The School of Art and the School of Jewellery libraries remain closed due to the difficulty in implementing social distancing measures. Find our latest opening hours at

Can I request items from the libraries that are closed?

Yes, most items will be available to request through the Click and Collect service:

Can I bring food and drink into the libraries?

Food is not allowed in library spaces. Drinks are still allowed in sealed containers. This is to ensure that a high standard of hygiene can be maintained by cleaning staff throughout the day.

I have reserved an item via the Click & Collect service, do I need to book a space in the library?

No, but you will need to choose a time to collect your item. Visit for more information.

I am not a member of BCU, can I join/visit the library?

We regret that we are unable to process new memberships or allow access to external members at this point.

I am a user with a disability, can I book an accessible space?

Yes, these are available to book at Curzon and Mary Seacole Libraries. 

These rooms can be booked using the space booking link (choose "accessible rooms" as the location) or via the online chat service

Please note that bookings made online must be mediated by library staff. If you would like a room at short notice, please contact us via chat


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