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Service adjustments during COVID-19

Services in the Library

  • From Monday 27 September, you will be able to come and use the Library without booking a study space in advance. Once in the Library, you will be asked to scan a QR code and book the study space you have selected. You will need to check out when you leave your seat and tap out on the attendance reader to the right of the exit gate.
  • We are keeping one area of the Library as a socially-distanced bookable space: Room 107. You no longer need to pre-book to use study spaces there (1/11/21).
  • Before going into the Library, please take a rapid lateral flow test. You can either take a test at home, use a local testing centre or the Camden testing centre. Results are usually received within 30 minutes. 
  • We recommend you check the Library’s opening hours page before travelling. 
  • All students, staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings while in the Library, even when sitting down unless they are medically exempt.  
  • Hand sanitizers are available throughout the Library. 
  • Only current Birkbeck students, staff and alumni may use study spaces, including PCs.  
  • There are ten PCs and adjustable tables in the Accessibility Centre. Two of the Study Support rooms are now open and can/should be booked in advance. 
  • Group study is available in the entrance area of level 1. You may use some of the Library PCs located on Level 1 to listen to your lectures. The upper floors are for individual study, with Level 4 being designated as a silent area. 
  • We have reopened the Library's three group study pods.  They are ideal for group work and can be booked in advance. A new video conferencing facility allows you to work simultaneously with your colleagues both at home and in the Library. 

Other services

  • We are continuing to offer a click-and-post service. Birkbeck students and staff 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. You can also return books in person, during the Library's opening hours. 
  • All books are automatically renewed and you will not be charged if you cannot return them.
  • The SCONUL Access scheme is re-opening on Monday 15 November. Check our ‘other libraries’ page for more details.

New students - getting to know the Library

[Last updated 12/11/ 2021]