Coronavirus response measures: Changes to Library services

Elizabeth Andrews
Tuesday 17 March 2020

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To comply with the government’s directive to arrest the spread of Covid-19 and to support the delivery of teaching and assessment in online formats, the Library is making these changes:

  • All Library study spaces are closed and physical collections cannot be accessed.
  • All Library fines have been wiped and no new fines added.
  • All current recalls have been cancelled and no books or items can now be recalled from other borrowers.
  • Any items out on loan do not need to be returned, due dates will be changed automatically for you.
  • If you have previously returned books but can still see them on your Library account, do not worry about this, they will be removed at a later date.
  • In consultation with Schools, the Library is working to make as many resources as possible available online through reading lists.
  • You can quickly and easily search eresources from Library search – the tick box is checked automatically so you will only see online material.
  • There will be no restrictions on requests for online material through Inter Library loans, but no physical items will be available to borrow through this service. Although these requests may become more difficult to source, the Library will search alternative locations and will keep you informed about the outcome of your request.
  • The Library has a guide to help support University staff and students working remotely during this time. The guide includes information about the material publishers have made openly available as well as accessing support and resources from Library search.
  • Library staff will be available to provide help and support remotely through the online chat service and email:

We will do all we can to support you in your studies, research and teaching. Please get in touch and let us know how we can help.

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6 thoughts on "Coronavirus response measures: Changes to Library services"

  • Maria
    Friday 20 March 2020, 6.22pm

    To whom this may concern, I am a MLitt student with several 5000 words essays coming up and a dissertation to research for. The closing of all libraries has put me and other students in quite an awkward situation. We all know reading on a screen is not the same as reading from a paper book, and digital resources aren't as efficient as we think: in other words, not every single book is digitalized. In addition to that, with the closing of libraries printers are also not available. Anyone care to comment?

    • Elizabeth Andrews
      Elizabeth Andrews
      Monday 23 March 2020, 10.31am

      Dear Maria, thank you very much for your comment. The Library has taken the decision to close all sites in-line with Government guidance on social distancing in order to protect students and staff. We, and libraries across the country, are doing all we can to make as much content as possible available digitally. In these exceptional circumstances we appreciate your understanding.

  • Isla
    Monday 23 March 2020, 4.47pm

    Hi, can I put books from inner-library loans in the 24 hour drop off?

    • Elizabeth Andrews
      Elizabeth Andrews
      Tuesday 24 March 2020, 10.42am

      Dear Isla, thank you for your comment. All inter-library loans will be renewed/extended without charge, there is no need to return the item. To reiterate the government directive, the only reasons you should now leave your house, flat or student bedroom are as follows: • Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible • One form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household • Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person • Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home If you have any questions, Library staff are available to provide help and support through the online chat service and email:

  • AMM
    Tuesday 31 March 2020, 12.35am

    Im a fourth year and will be graduating, what should I do with all the books I had from the library?

    • Elizabeth Andrews
      Elizabeth Andrews
      Tuesday 31 March 2020, 11.07am

      Thank you for getting in touch. Until the current situation changes, books will continue to be renewed and no fines applied. Do not try to return books at the moment, including by post. Once things change we will welcome returns, but this isn't a concern at the moment. If you have any questions, Library staff are available to provide help and support through the online chat service ( and email:


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