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Library Services 2021

From 30 January 2021 we have made some changes to how you can use the Library. These will be reviewed regularly in line with College, University and Government advice.

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It is now increasingly clear that airborne transmission plays a significant role in the spread of COVID-19. We have carried out a ventilation risk assessment of the Library using a new tool provided by the University. We are committed to keeping the space open for study but the results of this assessment will require changes to how we use the Library. In order to reduce the risk to the Wolfson community we need to limit the number of people in a room at any one time and we will be increasing ventilation in the rooms at all times. Many other college libraries have closed completely or are operating limited access arrangements. We hope that these measures mean that Wolfson Library can stay open 24/7. 

Protective measures

You must wear a face covering at all times in the Library, unless medically exempt. You may not, therefore, eat or drink in the Library. Students seen without a face covering will have their access to the Library withdrawn for a week in the first instance. This will be increased to two weeks if you are found without a face covering on a second occasion. Finally if you do not comply for a third time, you will not be able to access the Library for the rest of the term. At all times you will still be able to borrow up to 5 books at a time by using Request and Collect (see below). If you need access to printing, you can use the Lee Room.

Hand sanitiser is available on entry to the building and in all rooms. Disinfecting wipes are also available for you to clean desks and equipment. Door handles and shared surfaces are also cleaned in the morning and an another occasion during the day. Access to the toilets has been limited to one person at a time. 

Study Spaces in the Library

Resident and non-resident students are all very welcome in the Library. However, we have had to reduce the number of study spaces in the Library to ensure that it stays a safe space in which to learn. There are now twelve seats available for study in the Reading Room, four seats in the Sir David Williams Room and four seats in the Gordon Johnson (computer) Room. You are no longer required to sign-in to use the rooms. However, if another student needs a book or if we need to get access to the shelves, you may be asked to briefly move so that we can maintain a 2m distance at all time. 

If use of the Library increases, we may need to reintroduce measures to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to use this study space. Please let us know if you have been unable to use the Library today because it is full by emailing Laura Jeffrey, the Librarian, with the date and time of your visit.

Other study spaces in College

If the spaces in the Library are full, you have lots other options for study in college. You can see the full range on the Facilities Update page, but they include:
•    Club Room
•    Karen Spärck Jones Room
•    Old Combination Room
•    West Court Marquee (dedicated study space)
•    East Court Marquee
•    Seminar Room (bookable)
•    Roger Needham Room (bookable)
•    Gatsby Room (bookable)
•    Syndicate Rooms 1 - 4 (bookable)
•    Syndicate Rooms 5 & 6 (bookable)

You can also book a study space in the John Trim Centre, part of the Language Centre. There are three, one-hour slots available each afternoon. More information and booking.

Request and Collect

Rather than browse the shelves, you can use Request and Collect. Please fill in the online form to request up to 5 books at a time and we will fetch them for you. They will be available for collection on the following working day from the table in the foyer. Books will be checked out to your account. Please bring a bag if you order several large texts. 

Day request placed online Day available for collection
Monday Tuesday
Tuesday Wednesday
Wednesday Thursday
Thursday Friday
Friday Monday
Saturday Monday
Sunday Monday

Online Library

We have an extensive range of e-resources available from iDiscover or the A-Z database listing Online support is available on our LibGuide and you can ask us a question at any time. The University Library is also operating a Scan and Deliver service for chapters of books/one article from a print journal.


Thank you for cooperating with these measures and please send feedback to Laura Jeffrey, Librarian.

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