Library Levels 3, 4 and 5 will reopen on Thursday 24 September

Reopening LEvels 3, 4 and 5The following information will help you to get ready for reopening of the Library’s upper floors on Thursday 24 September 2020. Our current staff and students will regain access to these subject floors in addition to the recently reopened Level 2. The following services, facilities and resources will become available from Thursday:

  • student at bookshelvesDirect access to the Library’s physical collections on the shelves. Search and browse for books on Levels 3-5, bring them to Level 2 and borrow them using the self-issue machines (or photocopy and scan from them using the multifunction devices provided). Continue to return books to us via the book slots next to the self-issue machines. Books can also be returned via the book drop at the Virgil Building during its opening hours
  • Over the summer whilst the upper floors were closed we ran a click and collect service facilitating staff and student access to over 1100 books. From Thursday 24 September, you can collect the books you want from the shelves. As a result of this, the reservations system will return to normal; if the book you want is on loan, you will be able to reserve it using the Library catalogue and collect it when it’s ready from dedicated shelving on Library Level 2
  • student at study spaceFrom Thursday 24 September, study spaces in the Library Levels 2-5 must be booked online. This is important so that only a safe number of people are in one area at a time. All the spaces are socially distanced and for individual study only
  • You will be able to book up to a 4 hour slot in study spaces and a max of 8 hours a week, up to 7 days in advance, by following the link at:
  • The areas at the front of Levels 3-5 are timetabled for teaching during semester, Monday to Friday, 8am to 7:15pm, but are bookable at other times. Other University study spaces on and off campus will also be made available for bookings
  • Finally, with Level 4 reopening, our Archive and Research Collections will become accessible by appointment

Study space poster

Library regulations infographicTo keep everyone safe please:

  • Wear a face covering whilst in the Library unless you have an exemption 
  • Use the hand sanitiser at the Library entrance/exit
  • Avoid touching the entry gates – Library card access is contactless
  • Observe the social distancing measures in place to help you navigate the Library safely and keep 2m apart
  • Signage will guide you to one-way systems around the building.  The West staircase is designated for going ‘up’ only and the East and North for going ‘down’ only
  • The public lift is for use only by staff and students with a disability or mobility impairment, one person at a time. Please use the stairs if you can!
  • Only access the upper floors if you have a study space booking, need to borrow print books, or have timetabled teaching. Level 1 will not currently be reopening due to insurmountable obstacles to doing so safely
  • As usual, only keep cups, thermoses, bottled and lidded drinks are allowed in the main Library spaces. Disposable cups are not permitted in support of the University’s environmental initiatives and ‘leave no trace’ campaign to reduce waste
  • Food is allowed in the teaching areas at the front of the upper floors during timetabled teaching only. You can also use the snack area to the right of the University Reception & Security Desk. 

For everyone’s safety, we’ve moved some of our staffed services online. Friendly Library staff are on hand online to answer all of your queries – from the simple to the complex. Email or use the ‘Ask a Librarian’ service on the Library homepage.

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Library study spaces: online booking begins Thursday 24 September

A new study space booking system is going live very soon. From Thursday 24 September 2020, the Library’s upper floors will reopen and we will require our staff and students to book study spaces online. The process is explained below:

Booking our study spaces

Booking system infographics

Current staff and students can book Library
study spaces online at:

Study spaces must be booked for use. This is to ensure that our Covid-limited spaces are used safely by as many as possible

You can book up to 7 days in advance so that you can find an available space before you set off

You can book a space for up to 4 hours at a time

You can book a maximum of 8 hours of study space time each week

Bookings timeslots are available Monday to Sunday

To give flexibility, timeslots can commence on the hour or half past the hour

Bookings cannot be consecutive – there needs to be a minimum of 1 hour between bookings

Booking infographic 2

After you have booked a space you will receive a confirmation email

Follow the link in the email to verify the booking. You must do so within an hour of placing the booking

You can cancel a booking at any time by following a link from the confirmation email

A reminder of your booking email will be sent to you 2 hours before your booking begins

When you arrive at the space you have booked, you must check-in using the link in your booking confirmation email

You need to check-in within 15 minutes of the start of your booking, otherwise it will be cancelled and the space will become available for booking again

You must vacate the building when your allocated time slot is finished

Please observe the following regulations in the Library’s Study Spaces

Library regulations infographicAll students and staff must observe social distancing and regularly wash their hands

Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance of the building and must be used

Face coverings must be worn within the building unless you have an exemption

One-way systems will operate around the library, these must be adhered to

Entrances and exit routes will be clearly signposted within the building

Food is not allowed in the Library Study areas, except in teaching spaces at the front of Levels 3, 4 and 5 (during taught sessions)

Bottled soft drinks and water are permitted as well as drinks in re-useable cups with lids and thermos flasks. Disposable cups are not permitted.

Contact the Library:

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Access to Library for local members

The government closed all Libraries on 23rd March 2020.  

As we cautiously reopen for returning staff and students for this academic year, it is with regret and by necessity that access to the Library will be restricted to current members of the University only, because of covid-19 and social distancing requirements.  

We will reinstate external and alumni memberships as soon as we are able and when we do all memberships will be re-set for a full year. 

For those who have paid for their membership and would prefer a refund pro-rated to the point at which we closed in March, please email If you have an urgent need to access Library collections, please write to the University Librarian at  

We have also gathered some openly accessible resources from the internet covering various topics that might be of interest:

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Library Services Update 14 September

Library staff have been busy preparing for the start of the new semester. We’re looking forward to supporting you and have changed a few things to make your use of the Library as safe and easy as possible.

Level 2 of the Library is already open to current University staff and students 24/7, with spacing, access routes and signage arranged for 2-metre social distancing. Self service facilities and socially-distanced study spaces are available, as well as 30 PCs.

Our Reserve for Collection service is available for access to our print collections, and you can return books to us by putting them in the book returns basket near the self-issue machines, or to the Virgil Building during advertised opening hours. Library scanning services such as Bath Copies have also been reintroduced so you can request chapter/article scans without coming to campus. The Copy and Print area has reopened with several multifunction printers available for self-service printing, copying and scanning. You can top-up your printer credit online

Library Services UpdateThe Library’s upper Levels are currently closed, but will be re-opening in time for the beginning of Semester 1. During Semester, staff and students will be able to access and self issue our print collections directly, and place reservations on loaned items. Socially distanced individual study spaces will be available to book via a new online system so you can reserve your study seat. The front parts of Library Levels 3, 4 and 5 (formerly PC areas) are timetabled for teaching during semester daytime and will be available to book for study at all other times. Additional study spaces have been made available by the University, both on campus and in the city.

The Library’s extensive e-collections remain open via our catalogue and web pages. Our enquiry services have moved online. If you would like any help, please refer to our Library web pages. If you have any questions please contact our librarians using or our Ask a Librarian service.

Entrance to the Library via the turnstiles is contactless, using your Library card. Please use the hand sanitiser provided. Please wear a face covering whilst moving around the Library, unless you have an exemption or are seated in a socially distanced study space.

To limit travel around campus and minimise queuing in the Library, we aim to send Library cards by post to new and returning students and staff. Please contact Library staff for advice via BEFORE coming to the Library Issue Desk in relation to any Library card query.

Keep an eye on the Library and University homepages for further announcements.

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Amendment to the Library’s Copyright Licence

The CLA has amended their Higher Education Licence for the upcoming academic year allowing us to scan a higher percentage from works by publisher’s who have opted in.  You might be able to have more scanned from a book than you could previously:

scanningThe extent limit for copying from print books is increased to 20% or two chapters, whichever is the greater, compared to the usual 10% or 1 chapter.

This applies to books published by participating publishers only and only where a digital edition is otherwise commercially unavailable.

The full list of participating publishers is being updated here:

As usual, all scans must be hosted on the Library’s Digital Content Store so they can be reported to the CLA and secondary royalties calculated for rightsholders. Please request scans via or the online request form.

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Library Level 2 Reopened: Monday 24 August

We are very pleased to announce that Level 2 of 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 Level 2 for the following:

Self-service collection and self-issuing of reserved books; returning of borrowed books; printing, copying and scanning with multifunction devices; individual study in socially distanced study spaces, with 30 PCs available on the floor.

Our usual food and drink regulations apply and there are 10 socially distanced spaces for taking a break in our foyer.

Please bring your Library card for entry. Swipe access at the Library gates is contactless, so you do not need to touch the gate. Please use the hand sanitiser provided at the entrance.

  • For all enquiries and feedback please contact
  • Our advice, services and extensive e-collections are accessible remotely

Library Level 2 study spaces at 2-metre social distancing:

Library Level 2 printing, copying and scanning devices; book returns box:


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Henry Stewart Talks: Biomedical and life sciences collection

Following a recent trial, the Library has taken out a 12 month subscription to the Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection of Henry Stewart talks.  We also have access to the Business and Management collection.

What’s in the Biomedical and life sciences collection?

  • OHSTalks - multimedia lectures on biomedical and life sciences topicsver 2,600 commissioned seminar style talks by world leading experts covering the fundamentals in life sciences to therapeutic interventions, all copyright cleared*.
  • Typically lasting 30-50 minutes, talks range from introductory (aimed at undergraduates) to advanced levels (aimed at researchers and postgraduates). All provide English subtitles and transcripts.
  • A complimentary service to match talks to your curriculum is available. Content experts can provide tailored recommendations on request.
    Contact for further information.

 How do I access it?

  • To ensure easy off-campus access, please access the collection via the library web pages. Links to individual videos are available via the library catalogue. Simply search “Henry Stewart Talks” add in keywords for your topic and filter by “videos” on the right hand side of the results list.
  • Quick links to subject collections are below or go to the entire collection at The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection

 Getting started

  • Quick start guide:
    Introduction and learn how to embed talks or parts of talks into moodle, powerpoint etc. You are advised to embed links/thumbnails rather than videos. As mentioned, re. offsite guidance (page 3) please access talks you wish to embed via the library web pages or catalogue.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch. A webinar for further help can be arranged on request: please contact your Subject Librarian.

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Making the undergrad to postgrad move? New online support programme is here to help…


Are you graduating this summer and thinking about postgraduate study?  Would you like to find out more about the options available, and get help in developing the skills necessary to succeed at postgrad level?

The Skills Centre, Careers Service and the Library have joined together to offer a special programme of online support for students applying for 2020 postgraduate taught courses, available this August and September.

The Bath UG to PGT study programme includes:

  • Information on all aspects of postgraduate academic study options
  • Three online skills development modules explaining the difference between UG and PGT study and helping you to develop the skills you need: getting started, critical reading and writing, communication
  • Advanced Literature Searching Skills from the Library: learn how to search more effectively, plan an expert search in a library database, and manage your search

UGPG LibGuide

  • A pre-arrival course from Careers on employability
  • Virtual coffee mornings hosted by the Library, Students’ Union and Careers Service: find out about support available for postgraduate students and ask any questions you have about PG student life.

The course is available to all PGT applicants, whether you undertook your undergraduate study at Bath or elsewhere.

Find out more and access the online course via the Skills Centre webpage.



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Loans and expired library cards

Students graduating this summer will find that their library cards expire on or around 31 July.  You may have received automated emails from the Library Management system advising you that books cannot be renewed after that date.

For now, any advice you’ve had from library staff already still stands: we would ask that you hold onto your loans safely for the time being.  If you are already away from Bath and have no plans to return for any other reason,  there is no requirement for you to return to Bath in person now or in the near future for the sole purpose of returning our books.

For many graduating students we have your personal email addresses on record. As and when we can offer further details in relation to procedures for returning your outstanding loans, we will pass that information on.

In the meantime, we cannot extend your membership of the library any further as your course has officially ended. We do need to keep a record of the loans’ status to manage ongoing library circulation services.  It’s possible you might receive further automated overdue or lost item emails in the days to follow but these can be safely ignored in the current circumstances. 

If you have any further queries or concerns please contact us via


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Springer 2020 e-books and protocols update

Our Library’s ebook collections have been further enhanced this year with more than 7,500 new ebooks from the following Springer collections. These are largely frontfile additions for 2020. Many more 2020 titles will continue to be released and become available up until the end of the year. We have just started acquiring ebooks from the Political Science and International Studies collections, opening access to e-books for 2016-2020. Finally, we have added Engineering e-book backfiles for 1979-1999, given us access to the entire run – more than 15,000 engineering e-books.

Additionally, Springer Protocols for 2020 have also been purchased, with more than 3,000 new protocols already available.


By combining these latest ebooks with our existing Springer content, this gives us access to over 99,000 high quality scholarly ebook titles and more than 59,700 protocols Follow the links below to search across the subject specific collections or search for individual titles by keyword on our Library catalogue:

Springer 2020 E-Book Covers

*Lecture Notes in Computer Science – we have access to the full content: 1973-2020!

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