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Coronavirus - library services news

How your library service can support you.

Staff and students returning to campus are encouraged to take two rapid Covid-19 tests per week to help prevent asymptomatic transmission. Read more about on campus testing.

When on campus, you must wear a face covering at all times and maintain social distancing. If you have a health condition or disability that prevents you from wearing a face covering, your approval to return to campus will be assessed by your Senior HR Business Partner (staff members), or, Mental Health & Wellbeing Team (students). Please contact your SHRBP or MHWT to discuss your options. Further details can be found on BCU iCity.

Library space booking

For access to Curzon and Mary Seacole libraries the online space booking system still applies. Spaces may be booked for a maximum of three hours. The library will close for cleaning from 7-8am and 2.30-3pm. We ask that all library spaces at Curzon and Mary Seacole libraries are vacated during these times to allow cleaning teams to operate safely and effectively. Please be prepared to show your booking details to a member of staff on request.

The space booking system does not apply to the School of Art and School of Jewellery, however due to the size of both the School of Art and School of Jewellery libraries, it will be necessary to restrict occupancy numbers while social distancing measures remain in force.

Opening hours

Curzon: 24/7

Mary Seacole: Mon-Fri: 8am to 9pm

                        Sat: 9am to 5pm

                        Sun: Closed

School of Art: Monday and Thursday only 9am to 5pm

School of Jewellery: Tuesday and Friday only 9am to 5pm


Online Chat service remains 24/7

View our opening hours online and book a study space online

Online resources

The library continues to expand the range of resources available online. Search for eBooks, online databases and journals relevant to your studies. 

Help is available 24/7 through our online Chat service. You can also book online tutorials with subject expert librarians who can help you make the most of our online resources. There is also a guide to help you study from home.

Click and collect

Essential items from all our libraries may be reserved with a Click and collect option.

Curzon and Mary Seacole

Once you have received notification that your reservation is ready to collect you will then need to book a collection slot. Please note that the collection points are now inside the library. If you wish to study, use a PC, or borrow books you will need to book a separate study space.

School of Art and School of Jewellery Libraries

It is not necessary to book a collection slot for reservations but it may be necessary to restrict occupancy numbers as space is limited while social distancing measures remain in force.

Borrowing, returning and renewing

Book return points are available outside all of our libraries, it is not necessary to book a library study space to use these.

Most items borrowed will renew automatically unless reserved by another user. If you have any queries about your loans then get in touch through our online Chat service available 24/7.

Help and enquiries

Advice and guidance will available 24/7 via our virtual enquiry service and at the Library Help Desks during staffed library opening hours.

You can also book online tutorials with our subject expert librarians.

Inter-library loans

You are again able to order physical books and other loans of items that we do not have in stock via our Inter-Library Loans service, in addition to online copies of journal articles, book chapters and other documents. Visit our Items Not In Stock page for further details.

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