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Using the Library

Using the Library Overview

Welcome to Library and Learning Services. In the menu you can find out about the wide range of services and resources we offer to help you safely enjoy success in your studies.

Using the Library

Latest Covid updates. The Kimberlin Library is open to students for essential study and browsing of print collections. For those not on campus we are also offering a postal loans service for items available in print format only.

  • You currently do not need to make an advance booking to use the learning spaces.
  • You do require your ID card to access learning spaces and borrow items, so do not forget to bring your card with you.


Our friendly and helpful staff are here to help and support you with your studies, plus you will find lots of guidance online to help you navigate your way around the library and materials in your subject area.

Library Study Spaces & Campus Study Spaces

Our spaces are currently open for essential access only and we have reduced study space capacity due to social distancing protocols.

Due to government guidance we are offering individual study only, no group study is available.

We offer quiet and silent learning environments

Don’t forget to bring your student ID card with you, as you will need it to access the learning spaces.

You can study in spaces across the campus.

Studying Safely

To keep you and our staff safe while using our spaces for study or for collecting print stock, please follow government guidance - ‘hands, face, space’.

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
  • You are reminded of the need to maintain your distance from others, both walking through and studying in the library and Eric Wood Learning Zone
  • Follow the one way system in place
  • Regularly wash your hands
  • Please sanitise your workspace and the printers before and after use. Spray and paper towel stations are located throughout our buildings
  • Scan the Safe trace QR code for the area you are studying in.

Additional ventilation measures, including open windows, are in place to increase fresh air flow, and it might feel colder. Please dress accordingly.

During the current national lockdown, eating is not permitted in the library and our learning spaces. Hot and cold drinks are allowed, but please ensure you replace your face mask when not drinking. Take a break and refuel in the Food Village, which is open weekdays between 8am and 4pm for both takeaways and socially distanced eating in. 

Library staff and building attendants are available in our learning spaces to help you and to provide guidance on keeping safe. Please be patient and engage positively if they approach you regarding compliance of Covid protocols.

Opening Hours

We have revised opening hours this term. Please check our Opening hours before you visit. You can also access many of the library's resources online 24 hours a day, wherever you have Internet access.

Your Library Trail

#YourLibrary: Explore what your library has to offer you on the Library Trail! Follow the trail round the four floors and find out where everything is. You can use the trail as a guide around the building, or have a look before you come and visit us so you know what to expect.