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Coronavirus - library services news

How your library service can support you.

National lockdown measures have been introduced across England. BCU has moved teaching online for the majority of courses until mid-February, with some exceptions to healthcare, education and social work courses.

A number of University buildings remain open, providing essential services to students who do not have a safe space to study elsewhere, who need to access mental health support, who remain in term-time accommodation, or for international students already in the UK to ensure these groups have their specific needs met during this challenging period.

If you do not fall into one of these categories, you should stay at home and follow government guidelines

You can read more about the measures introduced across the University with the guide on our student info pages.

Online help and resources

Search for eBooks, online databases and journals relevant to your studies from the homepage. 

Help is available 24/7 through our online Chat service. You can also book online tutorials with our 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

Borrowing and browsing of books currently suspended

Due to the increased risk of virus transmission, browsing and borrowing books is no longer possible. We have a huge range of resources available to access online.

If you have books to return, please hold on to them for now, you won’t get fined.

Click and Collect Service temporarily suspended

Again due to the increased risk of virus transmission it is no longer possible to offer the Click and Collect service. We apologise for the inconvenience. We are keeping this under review.

Open for study only

From Monday 11 January, Curzon Library (City Centre) and Mary Seacole Library (City South) will be open from 11.30-18.00 for those students who require a safe place to study and have no alternative. Please do not come onto campus unless it is absolutely necessary.

Please book a space

Book a study space online in Curzon Library or Mary Seacole Library, make sure you report to security staff when entering the building. Please remember to wear a face covering at all times.

Find our latest opening hours online

An accessible study space is also available to book on the ground floor of the Curzon Building. This is room C022.

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


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