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Library Services during Covid-19



  • The Library is open for essential use and individual study only.
  • The number of people allowed in the Library building is determined by government safety guidelines - this means that once we reach maximum occupancy, entry to the Library can only be permitted on a one in, one out basis. To prevent us from reaching maximum capacity, we ask that you avoid visiting between the hours of 2pm and 4pm, as this is our busiest time. Early mornings and after 4pm are generally much quieter, and so you may wish to take this into consideration when planning your studies.
  • It is more important now than ever before that you adhere to the following safety guidelines:
    • Unless exempt, face coverings must be worn at all times in the Library. 
    • Whilst eating and drinking is still permitted, we ask that you do not remove your face covering for any longer than is necessary. 
    • Maintain social distancing.
    • Use the wipes and hand sanitiser provided.
    • Wash your hands frequently.
    • Follow the one way system which is clearly signposted.
  • If you are clinically extremely vulnerable we can post books to you. Please reserve the items as normal and then email to inform us that you require the postal service. 


We consistently monitor the Library space to ensure that all users comply with the safety guidelines. Please be kind to our staff -  they are working hard to ensure that the Library continues to be a safe and welcoming environment for all. 


The University Library is open and you will see a number of changes, including signage to highlight the one way system, wipes and hand sanitising stations, and socially distanced study spaces.

Here are some frequently asked questions to highlight the services that are currently available: 


Can I study in the Library?

In line with government guidelines, during lockdown the library should be used for essential use only. 

Do I need to book a visit to the Library?

No - you do not need to book to visit the Library. However, the number of people allowed in the building at any one time is restricted by government safety guidelines. To minimise the risk of us reaching our maximum capacity, we ask that you utilise the full opening hours of the Library, and avoid if possible our busiest period, which is between 2pm and 4pm. 

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

The Minerva building is open and you can use the learning lounge on the second floor for study. 

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

Yes, unless you are exempt from wearing one, it is now compulsory to wear a face covering at all times in the Library. 

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

You may still eat and drink in the Library, but in light of the current Covid-19 safety guidelines, please note the following rules and adhere to them at all times:

  • Please do not remove your face covering for any longer than is absolutely necessary whilst eating and drinking.  
  • 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 should be placed in the book bin which is located in the Freezone area of the Library. 

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 a quarantine trolley - these are located next to the staircase exit doors on every floor. They will then be quarantined for 72 hours before being returned to the shelves. 

Can I borrow a laptop? 

At the moment the laptop self service machine is unavailable.

Can I book a group room? 

We currently have three group rooms which can be booked by specific users. 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


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.