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Coronavirus - library services news

How your library service can support you.

Library and Learning Resources will continue to provide on campus access to its facilities for those groups specifically permitted to return to campus:

  • Students who are studying on a healthcare, social work or education course and have scheduled face-to-face teaching
  • Those courses which are practice-based or involve access to specialist equipment
  • Students who need to access mental health support
  • Students who do not have a safe space to study anywhere else and need to use a space on campus (At BCU this includes Royal Birmingham Conservatoire students who do not have access to specialist rehearsal spaces at home and need to use our facilities for their individual practice.)
  • Students who remained in term-time accommodation throughout the Christmas break
  • International students already in the country

Emails confirming eligibility to return to campus will be sent to students falling under these categories. These emails should be shown to security staff if proof to return is requested. Staff and students who are authorised to come onto 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 cannot wear a face covering for any reason, you will need to tell us using mySRS in order for appropriate mitigation to be put in place to keep you and others safe while on campus.

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 and after this time all library spaces must be vacated to allow regular cleaning to occur. 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: 08.00-21.00

                        Sat: 09.00-17.00

                        Sun: Closed

School of Art: Monday and Thursday only 09.00-17.00

School of Jewellery: Tuesday and Friday only 09.00-17.00


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 you may be required to queue for access 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

The service will continue to operate offering electronic document supply only at this time. This includes: journal articles (one article per journal issue); book chapters (one chapter per book/volume); and digital theses.

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