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We welcome all students back into the library. We are still open but there are some new rules to using the library, all of which are intended to keep you and the rest of college safe. If you have any questions or comments, please do get in touch.
Finding and borrowing books
Find books from your reading lists by using the Library Catalogue. You can also browse the catalogue by entering keywords that best describe your subject. You can sort your results by relevance, or list the most recent publications first.
Once you have found your book and noted down the title and shelfmark, you can do one of the following:
- Come to the library counter with a list of books you require. We will collect the books for you. This is to limit the amount of people going to the shelves, to reduce transmission of the virus.
- Request books via the Library Catalogue to pick up later. This is our new Request and Collect service and is like reserving a book. We aim to have the books you have requested ready for you to collect within 2 hours during library opening hours. You will receive an email, to your College email, informing you when your requested books are available for you to collect.
If you don't know the exact book you would like to borrow, just ask at the Information Desk
- Let us know the subject you are looking for. We will find a selection of books for you to browse before borrowing
- Any books you don't want will be wiped before returning to the shelves
Please Note: You will need to have your College ID Card to borrow books from the Library.
Accessing Online Resources
We encourage all students to use our online resources. This will contribute to us reducing transmission in the library.
- We have spent the summer improving our e-book collection.
- To find e-books, enter your keywords into the Library Catalogue and click on E-book under Item types.
Remember, you still have access to high quality online databases
- Use DISCOVER for finding journal articles and newspaper reports.
- For all your other online resources, check the Database information pages on your subject guide.
How are we keeping you safe?
Please be assured that we have put in place a number of procedures to keep you and the rest of the college safe.
- We aim to limit browsing to reduce transmission of the virus. Our new "request and collect" service allows you to request books and collect them from the Library Information Desk within 2 hours. We also offer a book collection service where we will collect the books you need.
- Our staff will sanitise their hands and wear visors or masks before, during and after handling books.
- All recently returned books are quarantined for 72 hours. This is the period of time that the virus may live on surfaces such as paper and plastic.
- Any journals that are handled will be quarantined for 72 hours.
- All library staff and visitors will wear masks or visors at all times when in the public area.
- Wipes and sanitiser spray are available throughout the library.
- There are new ways of contacting us to allow us to continue to support you in person. You can contact your librarian on Teams, Phone, Email, or by Chat box, as well as in person. Please be aware that library staff are working from home on some of their working days.
How do I use the library?
Your College ID card is also your Library card.
As you need your College card to come in to the building all you need to do is visit the Library on the 2nd Floor of the David Hockney Building.
You may be asked for your Student number, this can be found above the barcode on the left of the College ID card.
More ways to contact us
We are still here to help you study whether you are at College or working from home
- We still offer 1-2-1 support, in person, via Teams, or by email.
- You can also use our Chat function available on Library Online if you need a quick answer
If you need to study on campus, there will be some study spaces in the library, but these will be for single silent study only.
You will find help and support at the Library Information Desk. You can contact Deborah Duffy, your librarian, via email, Teams, or in person (Monday). For details on how to contact the library, click here.