Coronavirus updates

Library Services - Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Update: 5th January 2021

Following the latest COVID lockdown announcement, the Library 'Click and Collect' service will remain operational at Newton Park only (no drop-in visitors, study spaces, or browsing). See the Library homepage for current collection times. We remain committed to the safety of our students and staff as our highest priority. Please ensure you follow all safety notices and instructions. 

The Library's digital collections and 'Scan and Send' service allow you to access many resources without travelling to campus.

Our friendly library staff continue to work to support you on email (, and on online chat (24/7). Contact us if there is anything specific that you are looking for and we will do our best to connect you with what you need. You can book a virtual appointment with a Writing and Learning Centre advisor ( or with a Subject Librarian (


Is the library open?

Newton Park Library is open for ‘Click and Collect’ only. All other library buildings and spaces e.g book stacks, toilets, and study facilities remain closed until further notice. 

We continue to provide access to the Library’s extensive range of digital resources and online services to support your virtual learning and teaching. 

When will the libraries fully re-open?

The Library buildings and facilities will fully re-open when the government restrictions have been lifted and the University decides that it is safe to resume physical access. 

Until then we will run a ‘Click and Collect’ service and have a continuous emphasis on the virtual library. We provide access to the Library’s extensive range of digital resources and online services to support your virtual learning, teaching and research.

Can I still study in the Library?

Following the announcement of the latest national lockdown on 4th Jan 2021, Library study spaces have been temporarily closed. However study spaces are still available in Newton Park Commons building.

How do I return my books?

You can return books that you have finished with as follows:

  • Newton Park Campus - via our new ‘rapid return’ window at the front of the Library
  • Reception, Green Park House.

Can I access print material if I am not on campus?

‘Scan and Send’ is our new service, which is open to both staff and students. You can request scanned extracts from our physical book and journal collections for your own private study and non-commercial research (subject to copyright restrictions).

The service previously known as CLA scanning has been renamed as ‘Scan and Share’. Both the process and the conditions of the University’s CLA (Copyright Licensing Agency) licence remain the same. For any extracts uploaded to Minerva for teaching and learning purposes, academic staff must use this service.

Can I still get an Inter-Library Loan?

The Inter-Library Loan service is operating. Please order using the ILL form in the usual way.

How can I make an appointment with my Subject Librarian?

You can book a virtual appointment with your Subject Librarian. Specific information for your subject can be found on our subject pages.

How can I access the Writing and Learning Centre?

All Writing and Learning Centre appointments (including Maths and Stats) are now being delivered virtually. Book an appointment slot with an advisor as normal via the link on the WLC page and you'll be sent a link so that you can log into the appointment at the correct time.

All students are also able to send their draft assignments for written feedback (one per assignment). Attach your draft to an email to: and tell us the elements you would like specific advice on.

How can I contact the library about using ResearchSPAce and BathSPAdata?

The Research Publications Librarians are currently working remotely but are available via email, and you can make an appointment for virtual meetings. Please get in touch with us at

Can I still use other university libraries (SCONUL Access)?

Due to the ongoing pandemic the SCONUL Access scheme has been suspended until further notice.

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