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News or updates on Library services and resources

You will find information about updates on the Library, our services and planned downtime for resources that we subscribe to.


Strikes in February and March. Posted - 26 January 2023.

  • The upcoming period of strike action by UCU and UNISON might affect the Library’s opening hours. Library users should always check on the day before travelling, for up-to-the-minute information on the opening hours.
  • We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Early Library closure 27 January. Posted - 27 January 2023.

  • Due to staff shortage, the Library will close at 10.45pm this Friday 27 January.
  • We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Suggestions for the Reading for pleasure collection. Posted - 12 January 2023.

  • The Library has a small amount of money for buying new titles for the Reading for pleasure collection, and we'd like to ask students for their recommendations. Please use this form to make one suggestion. It could be your favourite book, something you've read recently and enjoyed, or something you want to read yourself. All genres of fiction and non-fiction books are welcome. If you have time, please check the library catalogue to make sure it isn't a book we already have.
  • We look forward to receiving your suggestions.

Library Services during the Christmas break – 23 December to 2 January. Posted - 13 December 2022.

  • The Library will be open during the Christmas break – from 23 December to 2 January with some closed days and changes to opening times.
  • You will be able to contact the Library helpdesk by email and telephone during this period.
  • Interlibrary loans, Library Disability and Dyslexia Service study materials and appointments, and subject librarians will be unavailable during this time. If you need these services before January, please submit your request in good time before the Christmas break!
  • The click-and-post service will be unavailable between 22 December and 2 January.
  • Our regular services will resume on Tuesday 3 January 2023.

Cash payments - no longer available. Posted - 2 December 2022.

  • From Saturday 17 December, Birkbeck Library will no longer be able to take cash payments.
  • This is due to the fact that the College has decided to stop taking cash as the cost of banking makes it uneconomical for small amounts.

UX research project, 28 November - 11 December. Posted - 28 November 2022.

  • In the next two weeks, the Library will be undertaking a few User Experience research activities to get a better understanding of how students use the space.
  • Library staff will observe how students use the Library space.
  • Students will take Library staff on a tour of the Library. If you’d like to volunteer for this activity, please fill out the online form by 30 November.