Library Update

Access to the Information Commons and Western Bank Library will be available in bookable slots from Monday 28 September 9:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday.

To book a Library learning space or study space on campus, please go to - Resource Bookings, located in MUSE.

Covid-19 restrictions mean we have had to make changes to our service - to provide a safe environment for our staff and students, Library buildings will be operating a limited service and reduced capacity at the start of term.

Study spaces will be available on a pre booking system, accessible through MUSE. Signage in these areas will indicate usage for social distancing, hygiene, and managed entry and exit, with safe movement through buildings.

The Reading Room in Western Bank Library and levels 1 and 2 in the Information Commons will open for pre bookings at the start of term. Further areas will reopen on a phased basis, as soon as it is safe to do so.

Keep left notification on floor of Western Bank Library

You must wear a face covering in Libraries, unless you are exempt for a medical reason or disability. It’s important that you help to keep our community safe - further information is available here. 

The University's extensive digital library is open for business as usual, providing access to the reading for your course, help when you need it, and support with your research.

Library staff will be available at reception points. To assist in keeping everyone safe, we encourage you - where possible - to chat with us online via Live Chat, or email: library@sheffield.ac.uk

Please see the information below for specific details about the reopening of these Library buildings.

Frequently asked questions


Safety in the Library

How are we keeping you safe in the Library?

It’s important that you help to keep our community safe. Further information is available here.

We have put the required safety measures in place to help keep you safe whilst using the Library. These include:

  • Limiting the numbers of people in our buildings at any one time.
  • Managed entry and exit to the buildings.
  • One-way systems are in place with clear signage to maintain social distancing.
  • Hand sanitiser and viral wipes are available for frequent use throughout the day. Please wipe down your study space when you arrive and when you leave.
  • Toilets and frequently used areas are cleaned multiple times each day.
  • No loans of physical book stock and no browsing of the Library shelves.
  • Desks and chairs removed to enable social distancing.
  • You must wear a face covering in all library buildings. If you don't have a face covering or forget to bring it, we will provide you with one.
  • Please use the Virtual Advisory and Help and Service for questions.
Do I need to wear a face covering?

Yes, you must wear a face covering in Libraries, unless exempt for a medical reason or disability. If you don't have a face covering or forget to bring it, we will provide you with one.

It’s important that you help to keep our community safe - further information is available here.

How often are the Library buildings cleaned?

A full clean is undertaken before the Library opens, additional cleaning will take place throughout the day. Students are asked to use the self-cleaning sanitation stations provided to wipe down their learning space when they arrive and depart to help protect each other.

If I test positive for COVID-19 after recently visiting the library, what should I do?

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms you should follow the University guidance available in relation to self-isolation and positive testing.

Library Spaces

Can I study in the Library?

Yes, a reduced number of learning and study spaces, some with PCs, are available to use via our pre booking system. 

To book a Library learning space or study space on campus, please go to - Resource Bookings, located in MUSE.

The Reading Room in Western Bank Library and levels 1 and 2 in the Information Commons will open at the start of term. Further areas will reopen on a phased basis, as soon as it is safe to do so.

To ensure everyone can use the Library safely, please follow the University of Sheffield safety guidelines

You are able to book a time slot for up to 3 hours at any one time. You can arrive at any time within your booked slot to fit around other activities you may have on campus. 

Western Bank Library:

Bookable times available are 9.30am and 1.30pm.

Information Commons:

Bookable times available are 9.30am and 1.30pm

Bookings will end at 12:30pm or 16:30pm depending on whether you book a morning or afternoon slot.

How long can I stay in the Library for?

You are able to book a time slot for up to 3 hours at any one time. You can arrive at any time within your booked slot to fit around other activities you may have on campus.

To book a Library learning space or study space on campus, please go to - Resource Bookings, located in MUSE.

Can I use rooms for group study?

Bookings for group study will be unavailable in Library buildings.

Can I use the assistive technology spaces?

Yes, bookable assistive rooms and spaces will be available for students who need them. If you have any questions, please email lib-inclusivelearning@sheffield.ac.uk

Can I book a study space with a PC?

To book a Library learning space or study space on campus, please go to - Resource Bookings, located in MUSE.

Buildings

What are the Library opening hours?

Access to the Information Commons and Western Bank Library will be available in bookable slots from Monday 28 September 9.30am-4.30pm, Monday-Friday. 

Further areas will reopen on a phased basis, as soon as it is safe to do so.

When will the Health Sciences Library sites be open?

A phased reopening of the Health Sciences Library (Hallamshire Hospital & Northern General Hospital) will begin as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.

Our Books 2 You service, which aims to help you access the research materials you need, has now been extended to support NHS staff.

  • Please use StarPlus to locate the item you require and, if it is showing as available, request the item and enter the address you would like the book to be sent to. Make sure you apply the filters to show physical items available.
  • We will post the book to you (free of charge) as soon as possible. The book will initially be loaned for a 4-week period; however, we may ask you to return it (by freepost) earlier than that day if another researcher needs to access it.
  • Our screencast explains everything you need to know
  • For further help you can contact us by email: library@sheffield.ac.uk, telephone: 0114 222 7200 or chat with us online.
Are the lifts available to use?

Yes, but only one person at a time. Please refer to the University of Sheffield safety guidelines. 

Are the toilets open as normal?

Yes, but single occupancy only. Please refer to the University of Sheffield safety guidelines. 

Can I eat and drink in the Library?

Yes, our usual food and drink policy applies.

The IC cafe will also be open with social distancing measures in place. Please ensure you follow the guidance provided via signage in the area.

Services

Can I browse and borrow books?

In the interest of safety, none of the bookshelves will be accessible. However, you can browse our digital collections using StarPlus. Many items required for course reading should be available online through our reading list system (Leganto). Please contact your course tutor if you are having difficulties accessing your required readings.

Access to print collections will primarily be to support research needs and by special arrangement. Email library@sheffield.ac.uk to find out more.

Can I borrow a laptop?

The Library laptop loan service is currently suspended. If you need help buying a laptop, please consider the University’s bursary scheme. 

Can I view items in Special Collections?

Please email lib-special@sheffield.ac.uk to discuss your requirements. We have limited capacity for you to be able to view these items.

Can I use the postgraduate storage lockers in Western Bank Library?

No, these are not available at this time.

Are the printers and scanners available?

Printers and scanners are available in the Information Commons and Western Bank Library in your booked session. Please wash and/or sanitise your hands before and after use. 

Printers are available in the Students' Union (ground floor and Gallery) for use on a walk-in basis. Please contact IT services for a full list of printing services available across campus.

How can I order books not currently available through the University Library?

Please use the Library Resource Recommendation Form to request items that are not currently available.

Help & Support

Can I get help in the Library?

Library staff will be available at reception points. To assist in keeping everyone safe, we encourage you - where possible - to chat with us online via Live Chat, or email: library@sheffield.ac.uk

We are constantly adding to our Frequently Asked Questions so that you can get up to date answers to your questions quickly, particularly outside of our staffed hours.

Your subject librarian can give you advice on developing your research skills and exploring the range of specialist resources in your discipline.

Will there be support in the IC from IT Services?

IT services will not have a presence in the IC. 

Information for researchers

I am a researcher and I need a print book that you hold in the Library. Can you post it to me?

As part of our Books 2 You service, we will post the book to you (free of charge) as soon as possible. We recognise that, as part of your research, you may need to access physical books from Western Bank Library. Please use StarPlus to locate the item you require and, if it is showing as available, request the item and enter the address you would like the book to be sent to. Make sure you apply the filters to show physical items available.

We will post the book to you (free of charge) as soon as possible. The book will initially be loaned for a 4-week period; however, we may ask you to return it (by freepost) earlier than that day if another researcher needs to access it. Our screencast explains everything you need to know.

This scheme has now been extended to support NHS staff.

How can the Library support my research?

For help and information on how the Library can support your research, please visit our Research page.

Information for staff who teach

I am a member of the teaching staff. How can I update my reading (resource) lists?

To support the student experience in the new academic year you are required to share reading with your students using the University’s resource list system, Leganto. Due to current limitations with the circulation of print materials by the Library, resource lists should include:

  • electronic items (print items should only be added as an exception)
  • key reading and a limited selection of supplementary materials

Requests for digitised material, including copies of print books or chapters, should be submitted through the Library Resource Recommendation Form. A quick guide to using Leganto is here: Creating your student reading list through the online Resource List platform. For advice on selecting digital content during this time visit the Library’s FAQs for staff who teach.

How can the Library support my teaching?

For help and information on how the Library can support your teaching, please visit our Teach page.

External members

I am an external member/member of the public/SCONUL user. Can I still use the Library?

For safety reasons, we must limit the number of people that can use the library. We are only open for current University of Sheffield students, staff and researchers.

Information for new students

I'm new to the Library, where do I start?

Welcome to The University of Sheffield Library.

Your Library provides access to the reading for your course, help when you need it, and support with your research and referencing.

Our Getting Started guide tells you what you need to know to get started using the Library.

What study resources can the Library offer?

The Library offers bookable webinars, online tutorials and in-course teaching to help you improve your skills in discovering, understanding, questioning, referencing, creating and disseminating information.

Visit our Study pages for more information.