The Library is open to students and staff during the pandemic, although not currently to external visitors. The reduced space we have in the Library is in high demand from our own students; we hope in the future to allow non-University members back into the building, at such a time when social-distancing reduces and our capacity increases.
Most of our services are operating, and this page gives some more information on what to expect when you visit.
The Library on Campus West is now open, but it 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 spaces available to individual students for 2m socially distanced studying (no group study areas due to social distancing guidelines). These include PC study spaces, and are bookable in advance.
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.
Hand sanitiser has been provided at specific location points throughout the building.
We hope that this gives you a better understanding of what is happening when. As soon as we have useful information on any of these topics we’ll let you know via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the Library News section of the website.
The pandemic is currently going through one of the most difficult periods yet, so we need everyone, staff and students alike, to help us make this work. The wellbeing of our community at York is always the priority. Please help us keep everyone as safe as possible!
If you have any questions about any of this, please get in touch.