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Service adjustments during COVID-19

Opening hours

The Library’s online enquiry service is available Monday to Sunday 10am-10pm.

The Library's study spaces will open on a regular schedule from Monday 12 April.

Please contact us if you have any questions.  

Services in the Library

To provide a safe environment to students and library staff, it operates with reduced hours and provides socially distanced study spaces. Hand sanitizers are available throughout the Library and face coverings are compulsory unless you have an exemption.

  • You need to book a space to visit the Library, including, for borrowing books. Before going into the Library on the day you have booked, please visit the asymptomatic test site in Student Central and take a test.
  • Only current Birkbeck students and staff may use study spaces, including PCs. There are five PCs and adjustable tables in the Accessibility Centre. The Study Support rooms are currently closed.
  • As staffing in the Library is at a minimal level, you must use our online Chat service for your enquiries. The Library space is currently for individual study only.
  • You may use some of the Library PCs located on Level 1 to listen to your lectures.
  • You can borrow books using the self-issue machines and return books by placing them on a returns trolley outside the Library entrance.
  • You can browse the shelves but need to leave any browsed book on the Browsed Books trollies located near the stairs on each floor.

Other services

  • We are continuing to offer a click-and-post service. Birkbeck students, staff and alumni can order up to five books at a time via this form.
  • Returns: you may post your books back to us at: BOOK RETURNS, The Library, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX. 
  • All books are automatically renewed and you will not be charged if you cannot return them.
  • Birkbeck has invested in making available significant additional digital resources: over 200,000 new ebook titles will be available via the Library catalogue to help you study online.
  • Reservations: you may request items which are on loan to other users and will be notified when your item is available. It may take longer than usual for an item to become available as not everyone will be able to return their books. 
  • Interlibrary loans: you may request journal articles and book chapters as usual, but we cannot provide printed books via this service at present.

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[Last updated 12 April 2021]