To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the Library is closed. There are no library staff working in the library at this time.

The following Library services are available:

Library building

There are now a small number of PCs available in the foyer of the Library for those students who may not have computer access otherwise. These are spaced well apart, in line with government advice.

There will also be two multi-functional printers available in this area. You must sanitise your hands before using a computer in this area.

There is no access to the subject floors or PC areas of the library building. There is no facility to access or reserve physical books at this time. Toilets in the library are also closed.

Enquiry services

You can contact the Library online; please use our Ask a Librarian web form or email library@bath.ac.uk

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

Returning library books

Wherever possible, the return dates on loaned books will be extended until such time as the Library can re-open. You will not be required to return any loan to the Library and you will not be charged any late or lost item fees as a result of measures taken to restrict the spread of Covid-19. Library staff have identified those students who are returning for a further period of study in the next academic year, 2020-21, and their library memberships have been extended to match the course expiry date shown on their SAMIS record.

If you are continuing to work and study at the University in 2020-21, please keep hold of any items you have on loan, until it is practical to return them to the Library.

If you are graduating this year or leaving the campus this summer with no plans to return to Bath, you can return books to the Library - there are drop boxes located behind the Security desk in the library entrance area where you can leave your books.

Please use the hand sanitiser provided at the gate and be mindful of social distancing rules while inside the Library.

Please contact Issue Desk staff via library@bath.ac.uk for any further advice about returning books.

Library cards

Library card expiry dates have been temporarily extended, to remove the need for new cards before the summer. This period can be extended later if necessary.
Returning students or students going on placement have already had their library membership extended to the course end date shown on SAMIS.

Any requests for new or replacement library cards can be made by to library@bath.ac.uk and we'll advise in relation to your circumstances.

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

Inter-Library Loans and Bath Copies

We cannot supply physical Inter-Library Loans but we will continue to provide electronic document delivery.

Requests for Inter Library Loans are already submitted only electronically via our request form.

The Bath Copies Service has been suspended; we currently cannot supply scanned content from our print stock.

Ordering new materials for Library stock

We will prioritise ordering of electronic formats of requested materials, e.g. books or journals, to ensure equity of provision and delivery.

Orders for new items can still be requested by staff or students, by email to library@bath.ac.uk

Copy and Print

Most Library photocopy/print machines are currently inaccessible whilst the building remains closed.

However, there are two multi-functional printers available in the foyer. Please maintain a safe social distance of at least 2 metres.

Top up your Print and Copy credit online.

Library Computers

Around 20 PCs are available in the foyer of the Library for those students who may not have computer access otherwise. These are spaced well apart, in line with government advice. Please sanitise your hands before using a computer in this area. Group working is not permitted.

Online Library resources

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