Covid-19 adjustments to Library services
The Library is open but in line with the need to maintain social distancing and operate in a COVID-19 Secure fashion some services have been suspended or will be operating with some restrictions. Anyone entering the Library may have their details passed to the NHS Test & Trace service if requested.
Please note that the information provided here may be changed at short notice. Any changes will also be notified through our News page.
From Thursday 21 January all staff and students wishing to access the library must have taken a Covid test (either lateral flow or PCR) and received a negative result within the last five days. You will be asked to show your text/notification of a negative result before entering the library. If you have any questions please look at our negative testing FAQs
Testing for those without symptoms is available at the Spinnaker Sports Centre.
If you have any Covid symptoms you must isolate immediately and arrange a test through NHS Test and Trace, you must not come on to campus or use any university facilities until you have taken a Covid test and received a negative result.
- You need to book a time slot to come into the Library. You should only visit the Library if it is essential for you to do so.
- Access will be restricted to current members of the University of Portsmouth and its recognised partner institutions who are in possession of a valid access card. This means visitors and external library members will not be able to access the building.
- Please ensure you bring a face covering when using the library, either a face mask or a visor if you are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Face coverings must be worn at all times when in the building, including when sat at a desk. Unless you are medically exempt from wearing either a mask or a visor you will be asked to leave if a face covering isn’t worn. The library will have a small supply of face masks and visors for library users who arrive without their own
- We are piloting a temperature monitoring system at the Library entrance.
- There is a one way system in place in the building and a number of hand sanitisation stations.
- Opening hours will be 08:00 to Midnight 7 days a week during term time. Opening hours will be shorter during Vacation see here https://library.port.ac.uk/open/
- Book returns to be brought to the Library.
- Returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours, and will remain 'on loan' for this time. Consequently, loan allowances have temporarily been raised to 30 items for students to allow for further items to be borrowed.
- If a book is removed from the shelves and not borrowed then this will be handled as a returned item and quarantined for 72 hours.
Services that will be available within the Library building
- Reception Desk
- Returning loans
- Borrowing loans
- Click and Collect service for books
- Temporary pass kiosk
- Posting books or scanning chapters for distance learners, students with additional support needs, students who are self-isolating.
- Scan and Deliver service for students not returning to campus.
- Laptop loans
- Interlibrary loans
- IT support desk
- Study spaces (but not Group study rooms)
- Browsing book stock (note - any book removed from the shelves will be placed in quarantine if not borrowed
- Bloomberg Terminals
- Printing and photocopying
- Library café
Services offered remotely
- 24/7 online chat
- Support from the Faculty Librarians for students and staff
- Support from the Research Outputs team
- Support from the Map Librarian (including copyright support)
Services that will NOT be available
- Group study rooms
- Postgraduate suite
- Shared booths will be either closed or for single person occupancy
- Library help desk
- Access to print newspapers or display journals (but you might like to try our new PressReader subscription as a partial substitute)
- Student/staff card printing (but the University is providing a home delivery service for replacements for lost or damaged cards and new staff can request a card via the IS ServiceDesk)
- Eikon terminals (but there is an alternate access method)
- The SCONUL Access scheme is currently suspended
- Reservation of books out on loan
The University's coronovirus information page