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England will enter a new one month lockdown from Thursday 5 November. Please note that library services and study spaces as detailed below will continue to be available throughout this lockdown period as education institutions are exempt from the lockdown restrictions.

From 5th November until 2nd December all library users (who are not exempt) should wear face coverings when in the Library, including while seated for study. This will be the same for all study spaces across campus and in the city. Users should be especially mindful of socially distancing from other students and staff at this time.

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

The Library is now open 24/7, with spacing, access routes and signage arranged for 2-metre social distancing. Current University students and staff may access the library to browse and borrow books and book Study Spaces.

Is the Library building open?

Yes the building is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as usual. However, you must a book study space in the Library and across campus via the links at if you intend to study on campus for an extended period.

You may visit the library at any time if you just want to browse the shelves, collect books to borrow or return items.

  • You must sanitise your hands as you pass through the gates into the library.
  • From 5th November until 2nd December all library users (who are not exempt) should wear face coverings when in the Library, including while seated for study.
  • Please be aware of and follow directional signage and one-way systems, especially in relation to stairs and direction of travel.

Who is eligible to make use the library?

Current University of Bath students and staff 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 and assurance.

From 5th November until 2nd December all library users (who are not exempt) should wear face coverings when in the Library, including while seated for study. Please use the hand sanitiser provided at the gate and be mindful of social distancing rules while inside the Library and at the Virgil Building.

Please contact Issue Desk staff via for any further advice about returning books.

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

Library cards

Please refer to our Getting a Library Card information page for new staff and students to understand what is required to issue new staff and student library cards at this time.

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.