While we continue to provide the comprehensive online support via chat, Ask Us and online appointments, we are now also introducing limited access to study spaces and PCs, as well as to requesting items via a Click & Collect service.
These services are by appointment only, so in order to be able to visit campus, you will need to confirm you slot, as University Security has to be notified of your visit in advance.
Library Services is 100% committed to supporting both the study needs and wellbeing of all of our students, staff and library users.
With this in mind, we’re making a number of changes to how we do things in order to make sure your access to resources and services continues with as minimal disruption as possible throughout the coming weeks:
We have extended our Online Chat hours to 09:00-17:00, Monday to Friday.
All physical items borrowed since 9th March have had the loan period extended and now won’t be due back until 1st June.
Library Services subscribe to a wide range of online resources and e-books and we’ve spent the last couple of weeks increasing our e-book availability as much as we can; we’re also working closely with publishers to try gain extra access to titles and publications too.
The Northampton Square Library will be open from 10am to 6pm between Friday 27th and Tuesday 31st December, 2019. Security staff will be present, and yule be able to borrow items using the elf-service machines as usual.
If you are planning to visit the Library to study or revise over the festive holidays, then check out our opening hours and plan ahead.
All libraries will reopen on Thursday 2nd January, with Northampton Square and Cass libraries open 24/7 until the January exam period is wrapped-up.
Please note: access for SCONUL users is permitted during Library-staffed hours but restricted during 24/7: see the Library website for more information.
Returning students will notice that Level 6 is closed for refurbishment as part of our wider work to develop the library estate.
Levels 4 and 5 are still available for silent study. In addition to the silent spaces inside the Library, we have transformed B411c into a silent study room. You can access this new silent study space by taking the lift or stairs from the refectory end of the Level 1 walkway to the 4th floor and following signs to Silent Study.
The Northampton Square and Cass libraries will open for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during City’s main exam and assessment period.
Cass Learning Resource Centre:
Monday 25th March – Friday 3rd May
Northampton Square Library:
Tuesday 23rd April – Friday 31st May
Bookable study spaces will be available at both sites to reserve a seat in advance. At Northampton Square our Occupancy Chart will be back on Level 2 so you’ll know which floors are currently busier than others, plus each library will have additional security staff working through the night.
We’ll also be running our #TakeABreak campaign throughout 24/7 offering tips, advice, puzzles, colour-me-calm sheets and a weekly prize draw, all to encourage you to pause, refresh and recharge in between.
Thanks to everyone in advance for showing consideration to local residents when entering and exiting university buildings through the night, this goes a long way to helping ensure we can stay open for longer at this busy time of year.
Study spaces are in high demand during the exam period, and the Library can be very busy.
A number of group study spaces outside the Library are also available for you to use:
Tait Building: the Garden Café, the sofas near the Students’ Union, the tables at the entrance to the Tait building from the University Building, the area outside the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, the learning space next to the City Faith Centre
University Building: the Pavilion (the area near the main entrance), the sofas near the main entrance coffee shop, the coffee shop, the refectory, the breakout spaces in the stairwell to BM02
Drysdale Building: the breakout spaces on the lower ground floor, the area in front of the Careers Service
Students can book a desk to study for up to three hours a day, a maximum of four times a week. Each session can be booked up to one week in advance. The full terms and conditions are given in the booking process.
All the spaces will be bookable Mon – Fri 9am – 9pm, and midday – 6pm on weekends.
The desks will be clearly marked so you can find the place you booked. And remember, if a space is empty then you can study there without a booking, but you will need to make way when someone with a booking arrives.
The desks are bookable 2nd – 18th January inc. You can make a booking up to seven days in advance.
Northampton Square Library
The bookable desks are on Level 5 and can be found on the Spencer Street side just beyond the Help Desk.
Cass Learning Resource Centre
There are ten desks in the quiet area of the library.