24/7 Opening hours for the library

We’ve listened to your requests for longer opening hours and from 4th September 2017 we’ll be moving to 24 hour opening!

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Access is available to all with a valid ID card.
Staffed hours are Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm.

See the Library Essentials guide to find out more about getting started with using your library.


Reduced Opening Hours in August

From Tuesday 1 August to Thursday 31 August, the library opening hours are:

Monday to Friday: 8am – 11pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 9pm

The Library is staffed:
Monday to Friday: 8am – 6pm

Outside of staffed hours, the library operates as self-service.

The Research Enquiries Desk will be open:
Monday to Friday: 12pm – 2pm

The IT Clinic will be open:
Monday 12-2pm
Wednesday 12-2pm

17 – 18 June: Work on main library entrance


Between Saturday 17 June and Sunday 18  June the main entrance into the Library will be relocated to the side near the lift lobby, and push panels for opening the door will be installed. These measures are being put into place to prevent excess noise filtering into the Library from the Social Learning Space. The Library will be fully accessible during these times.

The current main entrance will become a fire exit only door. The Academic Skills Centre Pod, along with the PCs for resetting passwords and logging IT issues will be moved to the opposite side of the library foyer near the windows.

System upgrade – impact on service

From 5pm on Tuesday 5 July to 12pm on Wednesday 6 July, services in the Library will be reduced whilst we carry out an essential upgrade.
During the upgrade the following services will be unavailable:
  • library catalogue (which includes searching for books, checking your record, and inter-library loan requests)
  • book renewals
  •  self-service machines
  • payment of fines
We apologise for any inconvenience that this reduction in service may cause.
You may find the following questions and answers useful:
Can I borrow books during this period?
You will be able to borrow books at the Helpdesk during the staffed hours of 5-6pm (Tuesday) and 8am-12pm (Wednesday) only.
Can I return books during this period?
Books can be returned through the book return slot beside the disabled toilet outside the Library.
Will fines be charged?
No fines will be applied to your account on these two days.
How will I find a book on the shelf?
You will be able to search for books using Hunter, but this will only show the location, e.g. WH100 MOO. You will need to check the shelves for availability.


Replacement of furniture in Group Study Space

Over the Bank Holiday weekend we replaced the furniture in the Group Study Space (orange zone).  We have listened to your feedback about the new furniture, and have brought back some of the rectangular tables whilst we purchase more large round tables to improve this space and increase seating capacity.

The new round tables were put into the Library Group Study space, with the intention of creating more appropriate space for groups to study. This was following feedback from students in our recent survey.

Please use the silent study spaces (blue zone) at the back of the Library if you need more space or a quieter environment.

We welcome any comments and feedback, please email library@sgul.ac.uk

Added: 04 May 2016