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Library Services during Covid-19



  • The Library is open to all current students and staff members. 
  • The number of people allowed in the Library building is currently restricted - this means that once we reach maximum occupancy, entry to the Library can only be permitted on a one in, one out basis. 
  • When using the Library we recommend that all users do the following: 
    • Wear a face covering inside the Library. 
    • Maintain social distancing.
    • Use the wipes and hand sanitiser provided.
    • Wash your hands frequently.
    • Follow the one way system which is clearly signposted.

Our staff have worked very hard to create a welcoming and safe environment for all Library users. Should you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact us on 01522 886222 or email



Can I study in the Library?

Yes, you can use the library to study or browse for books. 

Do I need to book a visit to the Library?

No - you do not need to book to visit the Library.

If the Library is busy, where else can I study?

There are learning lounges that are available for use across campus. Please visit for further information. 

Do I need to wear a face covering when I am in the Library? 

We do recommend that users continue to wear face coverings whilst using the Library, particularly when moving about. 

Can I bring food and drink into the Library with me? 

You may still eat and drink in the Library, but please note the following rules and adhere to them at all times:

  • No hot food is allowed in the Library at any time. 
  • You can have hot and cold drinks on any floor, and cold food on all floors except for the third floor - we operate a strict no food policy on this floor. 

Can I borrow books?

Yes, you can borrow books. Find out more about how to take books out here

Can I browse the shelves?

You can browse the shelves for books to use whilst you are studying in the library, or to take out.  

How do I return books? 

Books can be returned inside the Library using the self-service machines.  

What should I do with the books that I have used whilst studying but haven't borrowed? 

Please place any items that you have used whilst studying on the holding trollies - these are located next to the entrance and exit doors on the first, second and third floors. We will then re-shelve them for you. 

Can I borrow a laptop? 

At the moment the laptop self service machine is unavailable.

Can I book a group room? 

We currently have group rooms which can be booked. For more information please visit: 

Can I use the printers? 

Yes, the printers are available as usual. 

Are the toilets open? 

Yes, the toilets are open on every floor, but in order to maintain social distancing, only two people are allowed in at any one time on the ground floor, and one person on the upper floors. 

Are the lifts available to use? 

Yes, the lifts are available to use. Only one person can use the lift at any one time, and so we would encourage all users to take the stairs where possible.

What food and drink facilities are available in the Library? 

There are vending machines installed on the ground floor of the library which serve hot and cold drinks, and snacks. 

Is the Library open to visitors? 

At this moment in time the Library is only open to current University of Lincoln staff and students.

What are your opening hours?

These are subject to change as we working towards increasing our opening hours. Up to date information is available on this page


Additional Library Support

Advice and Appointments

The Academic Subject Librarians, MASH team, and the Writing Development team can offer a wide range of advice and support via email, or by booking an online appointment:

More Books and Inter-library loans


  • For a list of the workshops currently available please visit the Library home page:
    All Learning Development services have moved online only and can offer advice and support by email or via an online appointment. You can still make an appointment with the service you need or contact us if you have any questions.

Working remotely

Visit our remote working guide for information on working and using the library remotely.

Contacting us

You can contact us via telephone on 01522 886222 or email us on and we will get back to you as soon as possible.