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Library Services 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. 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 are permitted to drink by briefly removing your face covering but we kindly ask that you still refrain from eating in the Library. Students seen without a face covering, unless medically exempt or drinking, will have their access to the Library withdrawn for a week in the first instance.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 21 seats available for study in the Reading Room, six seats in the Sir David Williams Room and six seats in the Gordon Johnson (computer) Room. You are not required to book a study space or 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
•    East Court Marquee
•    Seminar Room (bookable)
•    Roger Needham Room (bookable)
•    Gatsby Room (bookable)
•    Syndicate Rooms 1 - 4 (bookable)
•    Syndicate Rooms 5 & 6 (bookable)

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.

What's on

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Humanities Society - "Objects, Bodies, and Emotions: How the Gas Mask Can Help Us Tell the History of Total War"

11/05/2021 at 18.00

The Humanities Society organises regular talks during term time. During Easter term 2021, all talks take place as zoom webinars, make sure to register.

Adeel Khan

Green Society - How to use the power of social media for good?

13/05/2021 at 18.00

The Green Society organises regular talks during term time. During Easter term 2021, all talks take place as zoom webinars, make sure to register.

Group of people sitting round a table, some of the using computers and wearing headsets

Peer Review Workshop

13/05/2021 at 19.00

Do you have an idea that you would like feedback on? Perhaps you would like to see if an argument you are writing is clear or makes sense? Maybe you would like to see if the data you are presenting in your paper flows well with your surrounding text?

group of women

Beyond Borders: Women's Movements Around the World

14/05/2021 at 16.00

The Interdisciplinary Research Hub on Gender is hosting a collaborative event featuring academics and activists to give voice to feminist movements outside the Euro-American world.

Jazmin Scarlett

Science Society - The keys to the past: a mixed-methods approach to reconstructing the 1812 eruption of La Soufrière St. Vincent

14/05/2021 at 18.00

The Science Society organises regular talks during term time. Throughout this term, all talks take place as zoom meetings, make sure to register.