Please check this page for advice before contacting the Library with queries about service availability in order to assist staff manage user queries.

Summer 2021

The Library building is open to current staff and students and alumni of the University of Bath for quiet independent study, browsing of stock, Self-Service loans, Copy and Printing and book drop facilities. For help and enquiries please email and our friendly librarians will be happy to help.

Please note that our Issue Desk and Copy & Print service points are currently staffed from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Other Library service teams are working remotely and will be happy to assist with any user queries and provide advice online via email.

Face coverings

All library users (who are not exempt) should wear face coverings while moving around in the Library. Please keep left in narrow corridors and stairways. Users should be mindful that others may wish to socially distance.

Library Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 Open for Study

The Library is open 24 hours every day, with spacing, access routes and signage arranged for 2-metre socially distanced quiet study. Current University students and staff and alumni may access the library to browse and borrow books and use Study Spaces.

Is the Library building open?

Yes the building is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as usual. However, access is limited to current students and staff and alumni of the University of Bath.

  • You must sanitise your hands as you pass through the gates into the library.
  • All library users (who are not exempt) should wear face coverings as they enter and move around the library.
  • Please keep to the left, especially in relation to stairs and narrow corridors and walkways.

Who is eligible to make use the library?

Current University of Bath students and staff and alumni may access the Library at this time. You need your valid library card to enter the library security gates. Contact library staff by email if you have any library card queries.

Returning library books

You can return books to the Library - books can be returned through the slots in the partition wall next to the Library Issue Desk. Further detail is available online on our Borrowing webpage. Borrowed items can also be returned at the Virgil Building during its advertised opening hours

If your loans are due for return shortly or your membership is expiring but you cannot get to the University to return items due to isolation, illness or travel restrictions, please contact us via for advice.

Getting to the University

Please note the online advice for students and staff travelling to campus by bus for more details on available services: Travelling by bus to campus

Library Scanning Services

These services do not require you to come to campus:

Bath Copies: the Library offers a request service for copies of journal articles and book chapters from our print collections. These are scanned (and processed by optical character recognition software so they can be read by screen readers) and sent to your University email address. The service is free and open to all students and staff of the University of Bath and to External Members of the Library. Please do not request more than one chapter/article from a given book/journal issue as that is the maximum amount permitted by Copyright. Please also be aware that we cannot scan from an item that is currently on loan.

Link to the Bath Copies Service information page

Library Scanning Service for Academic Staff: The University subscribes to the Copyright Licensing Agency's Higher Education licence. This grants library staff permission to make digital copies of articles and chapters for embedding into your Moodle course(s)/Library Lists, provided the material meets the terms of the Licence. The benefits of this are digital rights management and free access to book chapters and journal articles held within and beyond the Library's collections.

Link to the Library Scanning Service information page

Your feedback on our systems and services is always very welcome. Contact us at

New and replacement library cards

Our Getting a Library Card webpage provides information for staff and students to understand what is required to issue new and replacement library cards.

Please note: Library cards are not required for access to online library resources or for anyone not currently based on the campus in Bath.

Enquiry services

You can contact the Library online; please use our Ask a Librarian web form or email

Some Library staff are working from home and can guide you in the use of our extensive online collections of ebook, ejournal and database resources.

Online Library resources

For more information and updates: the University’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice is available online.