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Your safety is of the utmost importance to us and some changes have been made to the libraries to ensure that they are COVID-safe. We have increased our cleaning rotas and there are cleaning materials and hand sanitising stations around the libraries. Signposting is in place to help with social distancing and guide you around the one-way routes. You must wear a face covering (a mask or scarf) in the libraries, following the LJMU policy on the use of face coverings on campus.

Library reopening dates

The Aldham Robarts Library and IM Marsh Library will re-open to all students on 28th September and study spaces must be pre-booked. Refurbishment work on the Avril Robarts Library has been carried out over the summer and it will reopen on 5th October.

Library opening hours:

Aldham Robarts Library from 28th September:

Monday – Friday:  8.45am – 11pm
Saturday and Sunday:  10am – 8pm

IM Marsh Library from 28th September

Monday – Friday:  8am – 11pm
Saturday and Sunday:  10am – 8pm

Avril Robarts Library from 5th October:

Monday – Friday:  8.45am – 11pm
Saturday and Sunday:  10am – 8pm

Booking study spaces

The number of people permitted in the libraries has been reduced to comply with social distancing guidelines. We have introduced a booking system to ensure all students have access to the libraries once a week. Students can book one four-hour study space slot each week. Booking slots are available in the morning, afternoon or evening and are available with or without a PC. The booking confirmation must be presented to staff at the Reception Desk to gain entry to the library. Booking is online from the main Library Services pages.

All areas of the libraries are now designated for individual quiet study. Working in a group is not possible at present as all library users must comply with social distancing guidelines. Only one person may use each of the group study rooms. Please clean your workstation with the wipes provided before and after you use it.

Borrowing books: click and collect service

Browsing the bookshelves is not permitted at present because of the social distancing restrictions and the risks associated with the transmission of infection when handling books. Access to books held at all three libraries will be through our Click and Collect Service. Search for books in Discover and place a hold on the ones you wish to borrow. You will receive an email when the book is ready to collect. You must present this email to staff at the Library Reception Desk to enter the library and collect your books. You may collect books outside of your 4-hour weekly booked study slot.

Books must be collected from the library where they are held, as our transportation services are operating at reduced capacity.

Note that we have invested in additional electronic textbooks where these are available and you may be able to do most of your reading online.

Loan periods

Books are issued for seven days but you can keep them longer if no one else wants them as they’re renewed automatically if this is the case. If another student needs a book you have on loan, you will receive a recall notice and must return the book within seven days to one of the libraries during our current opening hours.

Returning books

You can return books to any of our libraries during our current opening hours, at designated points near the library entrance. You must then leave the library if you have not booked a study space.

Enquiry point in all three libraries

Library staff are available at the Hub to answer basic library and IT enquiries.  Complex enquiries will be referred to the appropriate specialist staff. You may use this service during your four-hour study slot. Please try to avoid coming in to the libraries outside this time and observe the social distancing guidance when approaching the Hub.

Online enquiry service

Library staff are available to respond to enquiries via our on-line chat service 24 hours a day. Click the Ask the Library button on the Library web page. You can also use LJMU HelpMe to get in touch. Please note that we do not have a telephone enquiry service at present.

Printing, photocopying and document scanning

You may use the photocopiers/scanners in the libraries during your four-hour study period. Please wipe the keypad before and after use with the cleaning products provided. Library staff located at the Hub will help with any photocopying enquiries.

Replacement LJMU ID card

You can purchase a replacement ID card via the LJMU online shop for a charge of £10, then collect it from one of the libraries. Library staff will check payment has been made and liaise with IT services to produce the card.  You do not have to go through the library gates to collect the card. This service is available Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm at all three libraries.

Purchasing consumables

You can purchase a number of items such as binding equipment and A4 coloured card from the Hub at all three libraries. The cost of the consumables will be deducted from your Virtual Purse account. You cannot use cash in the libraries. This service is available during our current opening hours.

Other facilities

The library toilets are open but restricted to one person at a time. There are signs to remind you to knock and check before you enter and to stand well apart if queuing to enter.

There are no seated café areas on campus at the moment as all catering outlets are offering a grab-and-go service. Library regulations on food and drink have not changed: you may bring in cold food and drinks during your four-hour study time and you may remove your mask for a short time to eat and drink.

There are water fountains in the libraries, but you must use the disposable cups and not refill you own water bottles to avoid cross-contamination.

Special Collections and Archives

The unique collections available in Special Collections and Archives are available for consultation by appointment, 9am – 5pm Mondays - Fridays. Email to find out more and make an appointment. Your lecturers may have arranged to use archival materials in specific modules using digitised documents or by inviting the archivist to participate in online lectures and tutorials.

Access to our virtual library is available 24/7 and includes:

  • Online access to academic e-books, electronic journals and databases to support current teaching and research
  • Access to support materials including online tutorials and study guides
  • Online enquiries via the Ask the Library button or LJMU HelpMe
  • A weekly online programme of library and study skills sessions from Skills@LJMU

Everything is linked from the main Library web page.