Coronavirus updates

Library Services - Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus – COVID-19

Update 24 March 2020

All Library buildings (Newton Park, Sion Hill and Corsham Court) are now closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to provide access to the Library’s extensive range of digital resources and online services to support your virtual learning and teaching. You can access these from wherever you are using your Bath Spa username and password. All the digital resources and services are available through the Library webpages and also via the Library tab on Minerva.

Our friendly library staff are working remotely to support you on email (library@bathspa.ac.uk), 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 (wlc@bathspa.ac.uk) or with a Subject Librarian (library@bathspa.ac.uk).

FAQs

Is the library open?

All Library buildings (Newton Park, Sion Hill and Corsham Court) are now closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. 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 library re-open?

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

The Virtual Library is open. We continue to provide access to the Library’s extensive range of digital resources and online services to support your virtual learning, teaching and research.

 

Now the libraries are closed, how do I return my library books?

There is a blue Book Return Bin located outside of the Newton Park Library.  Books may also be returned to the Reception at Green Park. Please note that books will remain on your Library account until staff are back on campus to process them.

Obviously the Government’s instructions must be observed but don’t worry, you can keep your library books until the travel restrictions are lifted and the libraries have re-opened. 

Loan periods have been extended to 6 months with unlimited automatic renewals. This means you do not need to return your library books until you have finished with them. All fines, recalls and reservations are suspended, so there will be no charges associated with late return of any items.

If you are a final year student your books will currently have an automatically generated June return date. Obviously we will be flexible about this and we will be in touch soon with options for returning your books.

 

Will I have to pay a fine if I haven’t brought my books back?

All fines, recalls and reservations are suspended. When it is once again possible to return the items that you have on loan there will be no associated penalties. We will reserve the right to charge for items that are not returned to Bath Spa University in the future.

What will happen if my books are recalled by another user whilst I am at home?

The reservation system has been suspended so no items will be recalled. If you have any questions then please email library@bathspa.ac.uk or contact us via our 24/7 chat service. 

 

How can I get the learning resources that I need for my studies?

We continue to provide access to the Library’s extensive range of digital resources and online services to support your virtual learning and teaching. You can access these from wherever you are using your Bath Spa username and password. All the digital resources and services are available through the Library webpages and also via the Library tab on Minerva. Our friendly library staff are working remotely to support you on email (library@bathspa.ac.uk), 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 (wlc@bathspa.ac.uk) or with a Subject Librarian (library@bathspa.ac.uk).

Can I still get an inter-library loan?

Please note that we will not be able to fulfil new loan requests for physical items but we aim to continue to supply book chapters or journal articles that can be delivered digitally to your desktop. The British Library has closed all sites, but is continuing to provide electronic copies of documents from their digital stores. Requests from the NHS will be prioritised, and there may be a delay in orders being received.

 

I have a book on inter-library loan, what should I do?

If you have a book on loan through our Inter-Library Loans service (e.g. from The British Library) they will be renewed automatically at no cost to the University. We will contact individuals directly if this situation changes.

What digital resources are available for me to use?

The University has invested intensively in digital resources in line with our digital first collections policy and these are all freely available to Bath Spa University staff and students. You can find the full, alphabetical list here or listed by subject here.

I am struggling to find what I need online, what do I do?

Our friendly library staff are working remotely to support you on email (library@bathspa.ac.uk), 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 Subject Librarian (library@bathspa.ac.uk) if you need specific advice.

How can I access the Writing and Learning Centre?

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


Until the end of virtual teaching, all students will also be able to send their draft assignments for written feedback (one per assignment). Attach your draft to an email to: wlc@bathspa.ac.uk and tell us the elements you would like specific advice on.

How can I make an appointment with my Subject Librarian?

You can book a virtual appointment with your Subject Librarian (library@bathspa.ac.uk). Specific information for your subject can be found on our subject pages.

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