Library Update

Last Updated: 10th January 2022

Face coverings

With effect from Friday 10 December, it is mandatory (unless exempt) for all staff, students and visiting adults to wear face coverings in all indoor settings at the University.

Assessment period: extra study spaces

Throughout this assessment period, we are making extra study spaces available across campus to ensure that you have the facilities and space you need, including spaces available in both the Arts Tower and the Hicks Building.

For more information on the extra spaces available, visit our Assessment Period Spaces page. You can also visit our Assessment Period page for more information on how we can be there for you.

Autumn Update

Opening Times

For information on our opening times across sites, visit our Library Sites page.

Live Occupancy Updates

Want to study but not sure where is best to get a seat? As the assessment period approaches, the libraries will begin to get busier. Use our Live Occupancy Updates here to find out how full the libraries are.

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide Live Occupancy updates for Western Bank Library.

The Information Commons

The Health Sciences Library at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital

The Diamond

Frequently asked questions and information

Safety in the Library

Face Mask Updates


Can I request books?

If we have a print copy of a book that is loanable you can click “request” on the StarPlus record for the book to reserve a copy. We will then email to let you know when the book is available for you to collect.

Can I book a Library Learning Space?

All library sites offer a number of spaces that are bookable up to 48hrs in advance. These are a mix of general study spaces and spaces with managed PCs. Group rooms are also available for booking. Spaces can be booked via our reservation form.

See our Learning Spaces page for more information.

Are the printers and scanners available?

Printers are available at all library sites. Please wash and/or sanitise your hands before and after use.

To print to the student pre-pay printers from your mobile device use the share/email function to send the file to the corresponding email address as follows:


Printers are available in a number of locations across campus for use on a walk-up basis. For more details see IT Services' Printing page.

Are group rooms available? Group rooms are available in all libraries and must be pre-booked via the Library reservation form.
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.

Information for researchers

I am a researcher and I need a print book that you hold in the Library or that's out on loan. Can I access it?

Yes, you can browse and borrow the Library's physical collection at the Information Commons, Western Bank Library and The Health Sciences Library, Royal Hallamshire Hosptial. Please ensure social distancing by browsing a book aisle one person at a time. There are self issue machines available at all libraries should you wish to issue any material to your library account.

If we have a print copy of a book that is loanable you can click “request” on the StarPlus record for the book to reserve a copy. We will then email to let you know when the book is available for you to collect.

How can the Library support my research?

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

External members

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

We have a range of membership options to suite everyone, including the ability to join the Library with access to borrowing.

The SCONUL Access scheme has now been reinstated.

Please visit our memberships page for more information.

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:

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.

The Library Blog - Space to Think!

Interested in how the Library works across the University to provide a range of services to support our diverse academic community? Check out our Library Blog to discover more!

People standing using devices. Text says Space to Think, the University of Sheffield Library blog