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Department of Geography


Opening times and dates to note

During the lift works taking place over the summer, the Library will be closed from June 23rd 2023 until January 2024 to visitors but will offer online services, and click and collect services in Michaelmas Term 2023.

Full Term

9am – 4pm Monday – Friday

See Zero contact services available.

Vacation opening hours

  • 10am – 4pm Monday – Thursday
  • 10am – 3pm Friday


The Library also closes:

  • on weekends
  • on all Bank Holidays except those in May
  • for the week between Christmas and the New Year.

Staff levels

  • The Library has a staff of two – the Library and Information Manager (currently vacant) and the Library and Information Assistant, Mrs Jane Hampshire
  • Full Term hours now operate: 9:00-16:00 on weekdays.
  • the reading rooms are open as study space without the need to pre-book in advance. Library staff are also providing zero contact services during our operating hours.
  • 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 from Geography Reception during staffed hours, by contacting library staff in advance.
  • there may be occasions 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 during term – in vacation time, anyone from outside the department may use the library during our open hours. You may need to ask to be let through at Reception, or if it is not staffed, you can contact library staff for assistance.

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 on which the Geography Library will be closed.