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Opening times and dates to note

Opening times and dates to note

Full Term

Monday - Friday

Access to the physical library by pre-booked appointment only*.

(*open to members of the Department to Geography in the first instance)

9:00-16:00

Zero contact services available

Saturday, Sunday Closed
Vacation

Monday - Thursday

10:00-16:00

Zero contact services available

Friday

10:00-15:00

Zero contact services available

Saturday, Sunday Closed

The Library also closes:

  • on all Bank Holidays except those in May
  • for the week between Christmas and the New Year (see below).

Staff levels

  • The Library has a staff of two.
  • The Library and Information Manager, Mr Liam Herbert, works full-time but splits his time between the Geography and the University Library to cover a 50% seconded role until end of March 2022.
  • The Library and Information Assistant, Mrs Jane Hampshire, works full-time during Full Term hours but only part-time during vacation hours.
  • This means that:
    • Full Term hours now operate: 9:00-16:00 on weekdays.
    • the reading rooms are open as study space by pre-booked appointment only, and we have a reduced capacity for occupancy. Library staff are also providing zero contact services during our operating hours.
    • visitors from other faculties and departments have no access to the Geography building, and so cannot easily borrow or return books through us. Books can be returned through the external postbox on the Geography building, or at the drop boxes at the Medical Library and the Betty and Gordon Moore Library. There is also a 'Click & Collect' service operating from the UL, using the books held in their collections.
    • If the Geography Library is the only place holding a specific title which a visitor would like to borrow, it may be possible to arrange a collection from outside the building, or a Geography reception during staffed hours, by contacting library staff in advance.
    • there will still be periods during the vacation periods when the Library will be closed or unstaffed as the staffing levels don't permit full coverage (see below).
    • you will still need to check this page for details of library closures during the vacation periods, or any anticipated changes to opening hours during Term. We will also communicate any changes on our Twitter account.

Notes on current service operation

Geography Library staff will continue to provide zero contact services which are available to all members of the University.

Our service operating hours over the vacation periods may be reduced according to staff availability. There are a number of weeks when the Geography Library will be closed to accommodate staff leave (see below).

Only members of the Department of Geography can use the library space at this time.

For our Click & Collect service, departmental members can collect their books from the wooden shelves outside the Library entrance. Books can be returned to the box in front of the Library entrance, or at the external postbox outside the Geography building. All other borrowers (from outside Geography) should contact library staff to make suitable arrangements to borrow and return books.

Advance notice of library service closures

Check here for any known dates upon which the Geography Library will be closed.

[Currently there are no planned closed days]

Otherwise, for the foreseeable future, the Library remains open for in-person and online service, and zero contact services, during standard operating hours.

Due to staffing levels, there may be times when no library service can be provided.