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Christmas borrowing, opening hours, & SCONUL access

Posted on 20 November 2015

Over the Christmas vacation, borrowing times and recall periods will be longer. The Library will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day. If you're away from the University, the SCONUL access scheme allows you to use resources at other universities.


During the Christmas vacation, our flexible loans system will operate as follows:

  • 7 days to return an item if a request is placed
  • 7 days to collect an item once returned
  • 7 days borrowing period if there is a queue of requests

Note that the flexible loans service applies to all loan items, with the exceptions of Key Texts.

Recalls and due dates

All items are subject to recall throughout the vacation, but we don't use due dates between 21 December 2015 and 3 January 2016 inclusive: items that would otherwise have become due within those dates will be due for return on 4 January 2016 to accommodate the holiday period.

If an item is recalled during the vacation, you don't have to visit us to return it. Post it back to us, and we'll use the date of posting as the return date. If your item is due back on 4 January, it's best to return it in person when you get back to campus – the post can be slow over Christmas.

Please get in touch if you have a problem or question, but remember there won't be any responses to phone or email enquiries between 25 December and 3 January inclusive:

Christmas and New Year opening hours


The University Library will be closed:

  • 4pm Thursday 24 Dec to 8am Sunday 27 Dec
  • 4pm Thursday 31 Dec to 8am Saturday 2 Jan

The King's Manor Library will be closed:

  • 4pm Thursday 24 Dec to 9am Monday 4 Jan

Self-service hours

Between Christmas and New Year, the University Library will be open self-service only.

From 9am on Thursday 24 December, you'll need your University card to enter the Library whenever you want to visit. If you've forgotten your card, or if you're not a member of the University please ask for help at Reception. This is a permanent change - for more information see:

  • Change to Library access

Full service hours will resume from 10am on Saturday 2 January.

Normal opening hours

Libraries will be open as normal during the rest of the vacation:

Library delivery service

The last delivery to King's Manor and the Minster Library will be made on the morning of Tuesday 22 December and requests should be made by 4pm on Monday 21 December. The delivery service will resume again on Monday 4 January for any items requested between 24 December to 4 January.

Using online resources and other university libraries

Subject guides and e-resources

You can still access ejournals, databases and ebooks while you're away from campus, through the Library website. Subject guides give you information about key online resources for your subject.

Using other university libraries

The SCONUL access scheme enables you to use the resources of other university libraries over the vacation, on production of your University card. If you're an undergraduate, you can use the libraries for reference. If you're a postgraduate, you may also be able to borrow items. Find out more: