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Covid-19 update

This information was updated on 16th March 2021

Following national restrictions announced in January 2021 and the subsequent Government roadmap and revised Guidelines for HE issued 22nd February, Library and Learning Services spaces remains open on an essential only basis for individual study. We ask that you only visit to study or to collect materials if it is essential.

Online access

We are supporting your studies remotely so that you can work online and stay home in line with government and university guidance.

You can access our electronic library resources 24/7. For those not on campus we are also offering a postal loans service for items available in print format only. Further information on borrowing, renewing and returning items, including how we have adapted in light of the current lockdown, is available.

Find out how we are supporting your research and independent study. You can get help from specialists in learning and academic skills support, including research and referencing, academic writing, maths/statistics and digital skills via online tutorials, drop-ins, live chat and online workshops. Additional study help is available through Studiosity 24/7 and LinkedIn Learning provides access to online courses and videos.

If you have a query related to how to access and use our services, go to our 24/7 live chat provided by LibChat or email our JustAsk service.

You can find details of IT support available here. If you have an IT query email itmsservicedesk@dmu.ac.uk or call the ITMS service desk on 0116 250 6050.

On-campus services and facilities

Our spaces are open for essential access only, for students on specified early-return courses returning to campus for face-to-face teaching from 11 January and March 6th, students who remained in their term time halls of residence, and students who would otherwise face hardship (e.g. no access to IT at home). In all cases you should only utilise campus resources when you have to, in order to reduce footfall on campus.

Kimberlin Library and the Eric Wood Learning Zone are open 7 days a week. Check our opening hours before you visit. Our opening hours are subject to change, based on staff availability and government guidelines. The Law Library and Greenhouse remain closed.

To keep you and our staff safe while using our spaces for study or for collecting print stock:

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
  • You are reminded of the need to maintain your distance from others. The capacity of the Kimberlin has been reduced and study areas laid out to ensure that social distancing can be observed.
  • The library is only able to provide individual study seats. Group and pair working is not possible in LLS spaces.
  • Please sanitise your workspace before and after use. Spray and paper towel stations are located throughout our buildings.
  • Additional ventilation measures, including open windows, are in place to increase fresh air flow, and it might feel colder. Please dress accordingly.

Revised policy on eating and drinking in the library

While Covid controls remain in place, 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. 

All students are expected to undertake two lateral flow Covid-19 tests, with negative results, before returning to campus and making use of all services and facilities, including library visits. DMU’s testing centre at The Watershed is open and information on booking an asymptomatic test is available. Weekly re-testing is advised by the university.

Further information on DMU’s guidance on return to campus can be found here and the revised guidance for English universities, including on library provision, is available.

We will continue to work with the university to monitor and review the situation and to support your learning within the scope of local and national guidance.

Stay safe and well.