We are continuing a phased reopening of our buildings. This page will tell you a little more about what we’re planning to do, when we’re planning to do it, and what measures will be in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Our plan to return to site had three initial phases and we've now completed all of these. The latest changes include being able to browse the shelves in the Morrell and check books out yourself and being able to request print items from King's Manor Library via our Book Takeaway Service.
Our video covers the latest changes:
The libraries on Campus West and at King’s Manor are now open, but they will look and feel a little different to the way things were before the buildings closed
Our main priority is making our services work for everyone whilst keeping everyone safe. Here are some of the things we’re doing:
Following government guidelines and University policy, all users (and Library staff) are obliged to wear a face covering when you’re in Library buildings. We will provide you with a face covering if you don’t have one or forget it.
Books will be quarantined for 72 hours after they're returned to ensure infection control.
We’re offering a reduced number of study spaces available to individual students (no group study areas due to social distancing guidelines), including PC study spaces, and these will be bookable in advance.
The all-day bookings will be for 2m socially distanced studying, and the half-day bookings will be for 1m+ socially distanced studying.
Hand sanitiser has been provided at specific location points throughout the building.
Track and Trace
When you enter the buildings please make a note of the link to our online Track and Trace form, which we’re using to support the national Coronavirus Track and Trace system.
Soft furnishings like our sofas are out of use - this means that (at least initially) the Morrell Lounge, Living Room and some of Fairhurst will be out of bounds.
We have marshalls in the building to direct you and give advice about social distancing. You can also ask for guidance at our Help Desk, which is now open with social distancing measures in place.
Our lockers are unavailable (unless you need to collect belongings currently in them, which should be arranged in advance).
We need to be as flexible as possible to respond to the situation, so all this may change - we’ll be working in line with the latest guidelines at any given time.
There are some things that have not been finalised:
We’re also continuing to update our Frequently Asked Questions, where you’ll find lots more information about our Book Takeaway service, booking study spaces and how we’re reopening our buildings safely.
We hope that this gives you a better understanding of what is happening when.
We know that students and staff want to get back to using our services and resources normally as quickly as possible, but we can’t rush this process, no matter how much we want to welcome you back. The pandemic is still ongoing and the wellbeing of our community at York is the priority. We’re working with the University to reopen our buildings in the quickest, safest way possible.
If you have any questions about any of this, please get in touch.