Answered On Last Updated: Oct 01, 2020

Has the Library reopened to users?

Re-opening of the Library from 13 July

The Library building reopened on Monday 13 July. Our current opening hours are:

Monday - Friday, 9am - 6.30pm (Library chat and email until 7pm)
Saturday, 10am - 7pm (self-service only)
Sunday, Closed

From Monday 5th October, we will be entering term-time opening hours:

Monday - Friday, 8am - midnight (Library chat and email coverage 9am-7pm)
Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 9pm

Please note, only Roehampton students and staff are able to visit at the moment.

We've been busy preparing the Library so that it is a safe and reassuring place to be. A lot of thought has gone into how to adapt the way the building works, with your safety in mind. So please be patient if things take a little longer than usual or your route around the Library is rather longer than you are used to.

Please note: You will need your Library card to get into the building. The main revolving doors are not in use so you must have your card to tap in at the side doors- Entry from Hirst side of the building.

It's now mandatory to wear a face covering in the Library, as well as all shared indoor spaces on campus, unless you have an exemption. Please remember to bring a face covering when you visit us.

Social distancing and personal protection

Following Government advice, face coverings must be worn in shared indoor spaces across campus, including the Library. If you have forgotten or if you have lost your face covering and arrive on-campus, you can pick up a free face covering from the marked pick up points in refectories when they open. The Shop will also be stocking a small range of reusable masks in the coming weeks.

Please note, face coverings do not need to be worn while eating or drinking and in other circumstances, such as physical or mental illness, an impairment, or a disability which might prevent them being worn. Additionally, they do not need to be worn if wearing or removing a face covering would cause severe distress. For further details, please see the Government guidelines on wearing face coverings.

Following Government and Public Health Office guidelines, we have also put clear social distancing protocols in place throughout the Library building:

  • There will be a limit to the number of people coming into the building at any one time.
  • Entry and exit points are clearly marked.
  • There is clear signage and floor stickers, as well as queueing systems at key points e.g. Welcome Desk, Printer stations and lifts.
  • We have put a one-way system in place on each floor to allow for more space between people.
  • We have temporarily closed off some seating areas where social distancing would not be possible to maintain. We will review this policy over time, in line with government guidance.
  • Lifts are for those with accessibility needs and for Staff moving book trolleys
  • Due to space restrictions, only the accessible toilet in each block is in use for the time being.
  • There are hand sanitiser units by each lift and at the main entrance.
  • We've set up cleaning stations next to print hubs (this includes a spray bottle and tissue to wipe areas such as MFDs before use).
  • We have installed Perspex screens around the Welcome Desk to protect Staff and Library users
  • We have an enhanced cleaning regime throughout the building.
  • All book returns go in the book bins in the foyer to be quarantined in line with government advice.
  • Please take personal responsibility for helping to keep the space clean and safe and use the cleaning stations around the Library. We also recommend that you carry your own sanitising wipes and hand gel, especially for wiping down desks and keyboards before/after use.

Library services information

For the time being we won't be able to offer reservations, print inter library loans, click & collect requests, postal loans or laptop loans. We are also unable to satisfy any inter library loans requests (including for articles and chapters) as our suppliers are not operating at the moment. We encourage you to make the most of our eResources, and you can use our Suggest a Book service for eBooks.

You can still access the Academic Achievement Team’s online webinar and workshop recordings as well as all other interactive academic skills resources on the Learning Skills Hub. Check out our Online Study Tool Kit; it's got lots of information about all sorts of ways we can help you with Study Skills queries.

You can find eBooks, video content and other materials for your subject area on your Subject Resources guide.
And don’t forget Studiosity for when you want free 24/7 feedback on your assignment.
Study rooms are on a first come, first serve basis with only 1 person per room.
For external visitors, please view our Visitors to the Library webpage for details.

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