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Making the most of your Library on and off-campus

Visiting the libraries


If you plan to visit the libraries, the following services will be available:

There will be no direct access to the bookshelves, but our Click & Collect service will provide you with print resources.

Access to the libraries is for Hallam students and staff only. We are unable to accommodate associate members and visitors to the libraries at this time. 

Staying safe in the libraries - FAQ


What is the library doing to keep students and staff safe?

The library buildings and learning spaces have been reconfigured to ensure social distancing and that government and public health safety measures are in place. This changes the way that you can access learning spaces and your library visit may be different to other experiences you have on campus in teaching rooms, for example. 

Keeping the libraries safe and open is our priority – please help us with this by reading and respecting the guidance we have put in place.

We’ve put together some FAQs to help explain why these changes have been made.

What do I need to do when I visit the library?

  • Wear a face covering when moving around the buildings, unless you are exempt

  • Book a learning space in advance of visiting 

  • Keep a safe distance from others and follow the university guidance

  • Use the cleaning materials provided and wipe down surfaces before and after use

  • Wash your hands regularly

Why do I need to book in advance to work in the library?

We have reduced the number of people that can be in the library buildings at any one time in order to ensure the buildings stay safe. Booking your visit in advance means that you will be guaranteed access to the library and your booked learning space, and it allows us to safely monitor building capacity. It’s also an essential part of keeping records for the Government’s Test and Trace system.

Are group study spaces available?

Currently all learning spaces are for individual use only. Group meeting rooms are currently closed. All learning spaces are socially distanced with a 2 metre gap between each space, and this means that group work isn’t possible.

Why can't I work in a group with my student bubble or household?

We appreciate that you may want to work as part of a student bubble or your household. All library spaces are set up for social distancing and individual use, so we don’t have any appropriate spaces that can safely accommodate student bubbles. We want to ensure that the library provides a safe environment for everyone to use, and ensuring that we are all working in a socially distanced way in the designated spaces is one of the ways we are doing this. 

We will review and monitor the situation in the libraries as university and government guidelines change.

What can I do if I need to work as a group?

We understand that you may want to study and collaborate with other students. The university provides a number of online tools that you can use to work collaboratively. Find out more. 

Why can't I browse the bookshelves or find a book myself?

Public Health England guidance for libraries is that all books should be quarantined for 72 hours between each use, so it is not safe to allow you to browse the shelves. You can borrow books using our Click and Collect service. And you can browse the shelves online using Library Search.



How can I borrow and return books?

You can use our Click and Collect service. Any books you require will be reserved for you and made available for you to collect at a time convenient to you.