Using our libraries

With the University now open for face to face teaching, your library service remains on-campus. Our top priority is the safety of students and staff and, as a result, we have implemented a number of measures to keep everyone safe.

Students in library

Space booking

To use the library facilities on campus, you must first book a space. Visit LibCal to access the booking system. Time slots are three hours long to allow us to maintain appropriate social distancing measures. 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 between booking periods. Our latest opening hours are available at on LibCal.

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.

Online support

Our libraries have a wide range of digital books, journals and media, all accessible online, on or off campus, 24/7. Our online reading lists are a valuable tool that brings together the resources you should be reading for your modules. You can access your reading lists here.

Subject expert librarians are also available to help you find library resources to support your studies. Book an appointment online at

If you ever need support, help is available day and night using our live chat on the library homepage.

Borrowing library resources - Click and Collect

The Library Click and Collect service will provide access to books which are both out on loan and available on the shelf at Curzon, Mary Seacole, School of Art and School of Jewellery libraries, without the user requiring library access.

Although the School of Art and the School of Jewellery libraries remain closed, items from these sites can be requested through the Click and Collect service.

Students and staff can reserve up to 20 library items via the online library catalogue.

When your item(s) is ready to collect, you will receive an automated email which includes the Click and Collect booking link. This will take you to a booking page where you can book a slot to collect your items You will need to bring your BCU ID card to the collection point at Curzon B (CZ022) or Seacole (adjacent to the library entrance), where the items are already issued to your library accounts and library staff will provide your selected items.

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 the items that have been renewed and which ones you need to return. Items excluded from this include Inter-Library Loans obtained from other libraries, and Vocal and Orchestral Sets.

Library charges

We are not charging fines on library items; however, in the future, post-Covid, we reserve the right to re-introduce library fines on in-demand items required by another user.

Returning books

Book return boxes will be located outside of library spaces at Curzon Library and Mary Seacole Library, as well as at School of Art and School of Jewellery receptions. You can use any return box, irrespective of your main teaching site.

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

Teaching sessions and help and support in finding resources

Despite the School of Art and the School of Jewellery libraries being closed, library colleagues are available to deliver online teaching sessions on searching for information, and to provide online help and support on using our rich collection of online resources to identify relevant resources.

For help in accessing and using our online resources please:

To arrange a teaching session or for any further support, please email the relevant librarian:

ContactSubject area
Beth Delwiche, Acting / Art / Conservatoire
Nancy Jackson, Architecture and Design / English / Media / Games, Film and Animation
Sue O’Sullivan, Sue.O' Fashion and Textiles / Jewellery / Visual Communication

Ways to contact us and give feedback

We are constantly looking to improve our services, so your feedback is very important to us. Visit our website to find out about the different ways you can contact us.

Help us to help you

To keep our students and staff safe in our libraries, we are following University Covid-19 safety policies. Please adhere to the social distancing instructions, traffic flows, notices, guidance and respect other users at all times.

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

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.

Rules and regulations along with behaviour and usage policies can be accessed on our website.

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