The University currently recommends face coverings are worn when moving around indoors and in teaching settings.

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.

If you are not a member of the University of Bath, please check the advice given on our Visitor Access pages to learn how and when you can use the Library.

As study spaces are bookable, we recommend that you look for a space on Level 2 of the Library where spaces are not reserved. You may be seated on the upper floors but please be aware you may be asked to relocate if another user has booked your space.

Our service points are normally staffed from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Some Library colleagues may be working remotely and will be happy to assist with any user queries and provide advice online via email.

Face coverings

The University currently recommends face coverings are worn when moving around indoors and in teaching settings (updated March 2022).

Returning library books

You can return books to the Library - books can be returned through the slots in the partition wall next to Reader Services on Level 2 of the Library. 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.

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. New staff and students will need to provide an image for their library card in advance of collecting their card - there are no facilities for taking your photograph in the Library

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

Online Library resources

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