Library services update: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With additional measures in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the Library building is now closed. The following Library services are available remotely:

Library building

  • The Library building is now closed to Library users.
  • UPDATE: 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. 

Enquiry services

  • You can contact the Library online; please use our Ask a Librarian web form or email library@bath.ac.uk – we already run a service through TopDesk which is accessible to all Library staff on campus or remotely

Borrowing and returning books

  • Current return dates on books have been extended until 31st July, (these can be further extended if this is later needed).  The capability to reserve physical books has been removed, to prevent concerns or difficulties in returning books or collecting them
  • We will send system emails to all book borrowers explaining these changes.  The periodic emails sent from the system to individual borrowers will also include reminders of the changes

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
  • Any requests for new or replacement library cards will be made by request to library@bath.ac.uk   Library cards are not required for access to electronic library resources. Costs for new or replacement cards will be waived

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
  • Payment accounts for copy/print are now online only and we will provide prominent links to the instructions on how to do this

Library Computers

  • A small number of 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

Online Library resources

Information covering all of the above will be linked from our Library homepage, and plasma screens in the building.  Staff doors and service points will display notices advising enquirers to contact staff via library@bath.ac.uk

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

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