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Resuming library services

Opening hours may be subject to change at short notice due to changing government regulations, or if staff are required to self-isolate. We advise you to check the opening hours page before each visit.

Visiting the library: The library is open for the full pre-covid opening hours. We hope to remain open, but opening hours may be subject to change at short notice, so please check this page before travelling in. For more information on our covid-safe arrangements and what to expect during your visit, please see the page Using the Library Safely.

Due to the nature of our space, we will be keeping some rules in place until further notice:

  • Stay alert: check @joiheroics(Opens in new window) and this webpage for the latest updates before travel.
  • Maintain social distancing in the building.
  • Face coverings to be worn unless exempt.
  • Everyday kindness: collaborate with staff to calmly respond to changes that ensure your safety.

Postal loans: Please email with any requests for loans, and we will send those out to you. Please be aware that due to social distancing requirements it may take us a little longer to process requests than normal. The normal rules and costs for postal loans will apply.

We are also offering a scanning service for members. Please email with any requests. Please also be aware that we will need to comply with copyright restrictions for all scans, and will ask you to complete a copyright declaration in every case. There is a cost for each page scanned - currently £0.05p.

Click and collect loans: We continue to offer our click and collect loans service. If you are coming in to use the click and collect service, please collect your items from the library desk. The click and collect service will operate in line with library opening hours.

If you would like to request any books to collect, please email the library at at least two working days before collection. We will let you know when the books are ready, and ask you to confirm on which day you will be collecting them. When collecting the books, you will need to show your library card at the collection point, and will then be given the books.

Returns: Books can be returned to us by post. There is also a blue returns box at the main reception desk in Senate House if you would rather drop them off in person.

Please do not come in if you are feeling unwell.