University of Bath

Library Regulations and Safety Procedures

A summary of the general rules and regulations for using the Library service and Safety procedures in the event of evacuation or invacuation of the Library.

Rules and Regulations

Food and drink

Once through the entrance turnstiles

For a trial period our policy is changing from ‘bottled water only in the Library’. If it proves sustainable it will continue to stipulate that:

  • Bottled soft drinks and water are permitted as well as drinks in re-useable cups with lids (e.g. KeepCups) and thermos flasks.
  • Disposable cups are not permitted. This is in support of the University’s environmental initiatives and ‘leave no trace’ campaign to reduce waste.
  • Food is not allowed in the Library

Before you go through the turnstiles

  • You can use the snack area to the right of the University Reception & Security Desk. Any food and drink is permitted in this area. It is a self-tidying area and we ask that you please be mindful of your fellow Library users.


  • Do not use mobile phones in quiet/silent study areas or bookstacks, or anywhere you may disturb other library users.
  • Level 5 is designated ‘silent’ at the request of your fellow students. Please report any disturbance to the Librarians.
  • Levels 1, 3 and 4 are designated’ quiet’ – some noise is permitted as long as you are not disturbing your fellow students.
  • Group work and conversation is acceptable in the social spaces including Level 2 Learning Commons and the Library’s group study rooms.

Evacuation Procedures

You will find Fire Orders posted within the Library and Learning Centre describing what you should do if you discover a fire or hear the alarm.

With them are plans which show the position of the assembly point 14: north of the Library building.

For your own safety and security, please make sure that you are familiar with these arrangements.

If an alarm sounds, we will make an announcement over the public address system asking you to leave the building. Please follow these action points:-

  • stop what you are doing immediately.
  • leave the building quickly and calmly by the nearest emergency exit. There are staircases at the east and west sides of the Library & Learning Centre and at the back of the building.
  • it is important to move well away from the building and the Parade.
  • do not re-enter the building until the all-clear has been given.


Invacuation Procedures

Select this link to hear the invacuation siren sound, and for further information about invacuation.

If the invacuation alarm sounds please:

  • Close any windows you are immediately next to.
  • Stay inside the building and move away from the windows, into the central area of the Library.
  • Listen for tannoy announcements, and if you are near an available PC logon to see the University’s emergency messages.
  • Do not leave the building until the all clear has been sounded or announced.

Users with disabilities

If you feel that you would be likely to have difficulty using the stairs in a fire or other emergency, please make yourself known to the Security Officer at the entrance to the Library and Learning Centre. They will keep a record of your presence in the building. Please let them know when you leave.

The fire alarm is a loud, continuous siren accompanied by wall mounted flashing red lights.

When you hear the alarm please stop what you are doing immediately. If you are in a workroom area, leave quickly, closing but not locking the door.

You should not try to use the lifts. During an emergency they are programmed to go to Level 2 and remain there with the doors open.

When you are in the building, find the nearest emergency exit. Unless you are on Levels 1 or 2 this will be the nearest staircase. If you have difficulty using stairs then go to the north staircase (at the back of the building) where there is a designated "refuge area" on each of the stairwell landings.

The evacuation procedure for users with difficulties in using the stairs is as follows for each Level of the Library:

Levels 3, 4 and 5  -  Go to the ‘refuge area’ on the north staircase landings (at the back of the building) where you will be protected by fire doors until Fire or Security Officers reach you. 

Level 2  - Use the nearest emergency exit. 

Level 1 - If you are working in or near the newspaper area, please use the main double doors leading from the newspaper area. Open these by breaking the glass in the green ‘emergency door release’ box: this over-rides the lock. Then leave through the unlocked exit door onto the loading bay.

First Aid

If there is an accident or incident in the Library, please report to a member of the Library Staff or the Security Staff on Level 2; otherwise you can call 666 from any University telephone and report to Security.

All the Security Staff and some members of Library Staff are qualified first aiders.

If you have an accident, please fill out an Accident Report Form. They are kept at the Security Desk on Level 2.