Library Services Update: Click and Collect; Library Scanning Services!

We are pleased to announce that some of our librarians are returning to the Library building on Monday 20 July to restart key services and to introduce some new ones. Please bear with us while we get these new services running smoothly and efficiently; we anticipate there will be high demand and that we may face a few unexpected issues! Your questions and thoughts on our new systems will be very welcome:

Is the Library building reopening?

The Library foyer is open with around 18 PCs and 2 multi-function printers. These are spaced in line with government advice. University Security staff are based in the foyer and you will need your Library card (University ID) to enter. Shelving is being added to the foyer for our new Reserve for Collection service. The rest of the Library remains closed during summer vacation while it is prepared for the new semester.

What services are starting?

  1. Reserve for Collection: this servicreserve for collectione is designed to provide safe and socially distanced access to our print materials, via online reservation and an in person self-issue. Please check that you are eligible and have permission to come to campus before placing requests (see restriction information below).

How does it work?

  • Library gates swipe card accessReserve for Collection uses the ‘reserve’ feature in our Library catalogue. When signed-in to the catalogue, you will now be able to reserve books that are on the Library shelves
  • Reservations will initially be limited to a maximum of 15 per user, to help us manage demand
  • Reservations are not permitted on items that are on loan. These items are not due until Semester 1, in line with our Summer loans policy, and may be with students who are away from Bath
  • shelves for collectionOur staff will collect these items in a safe and secure way. A label with your name will be added to each reserved item
  • Items for collection will be arranged in alphabetical order (by user surname/family name) on a collections shelf in the Library foyer on Level 2
  • You will be notified by email when your item is available for collection
  • Please be aware that we may not be able to provide items on the same day you placed your reservation, but we’ll do our best to make them available as soon as we can
  • You will neself-issueed your library card to enter the Library. Please use the hand sanitiser provided at the entrance gates and be mindful of social distancing as you collect your items from the shelf
  • You can then use one of the Self-Issue machines to issue the items to your account by scanning your Library card and the book – your Library PIN is no longer required
  • If you experience any problems with self-issue, simply take the books you have requested and alert us at asap, so that we can fix any problems and issue your books

Who is eligible to make use of this service?

  • Current University of Bath students and staff may access the Reserve for Collection service.   You need your valid library card to enter the library security gates and self-issue your reserved items.  Contact library staff by email if you have any library card queries
  1. Book returnsReturning items borrowed from the Library: Borrowed items can be returned at the Library via book collection baskets found in the Library foyer area, just beyond the security gates. Our staff will quarantine returned books for 72 hours and then follow approved procedures to re-shelve these safely. Please do not touch books in these book baskets
  • Please check you are eligible and have permission to come to campus before returning books at the Library (see above)
  • Borrowed items can also be returned at the Virgil Building during its advertised opening hours
  1. Library Scanning Services: two of our services are being restarted. These do not require you to come to campus.

 scanningi.  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.

ii.   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.

As with Reserve for Collection, we anticipate that demand on the service may be high so please give us as much notice as possible to source what you need.

Please note that our  Inter-Library Loan service is still ‘Digital Only’ at the moment.

Your feedback on our systems and services is always very welcome. Contact us at

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