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Library re-start

The University is committed to safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our students and staff, and we have been closely following the advice of the Government and World Health Organisation in relation to COVID-19. See University latest advice and guidance for staff, students and prospective students.

Covid-19 and Library services

The Library team have been working hard behind the scenes to deliver and improve our online Library services throughout lockdown. We have also been preparing to resume our physical Library services, and reopen our Library spaces as soon as it is safe to do so. Firstly, we want to thank you for your patience and understanding so far, and secondly, we want to keep you informed about the progress we are making.

Our reopening plan takes into consideration:

  • Safety: It is an absolute priority that our Library community are kept safe! Each space and service that restarts will have a list of safety measures in place
  • The University’s wider restart plans: Government advice said that public libraries could reopen from Saturday 4 July. However, as the University’s academic library, we must align with wider campus plans

A phased approach

Things are changing and developing rapidly, as are our restart plans. See below what progress has been made so far, and find out what is coming next.

What’s happening right now

Learning Grid Rootes

From midday 1 September, Learning Grid Rootes is the second of our Library spaces to re-open. This facility will be open 9:00 am until 17:45 pm, Monday to Friday.

Learning Grid University House

From 17 August, Learning Grid University House was the first of our Library spaces to re-open. This facility is open 9:00 am until 17:45 pm, Monday to Friday.

Click and collect service Click & Collect service

The Library launched a new Click & Collect service on 27 July 2020.

The service enables current staff and students to order up to 10 print books using an online form, and then pick up their items from a new collection point at the main Library entrance, between 11am and 3pm, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


From 27 July, a new returns bin has been located near the entrance of the main Library (pictured above). You can return your books to the bin at any time.

What's next

Library staff continue to work on our re-start plans behind the scenes, looking to ensure our services are recommenced, and buildings re-opened in the quickest, safest way possible.

Study spaces

We understand that access to Library spaces is key. Our buildings and facilities will reopen on a phased basis, but we can’t rush this process and the safety of our community must remain a priority.

Opening hours, study space provision, and access requirements are all under review and more reopening dates will be posted here as soon as they are available.

Greater access to the Library’s print collections

There are many approaches to enable this and we are currently exploring how best to increase your access to our extensive collections in a safe way. More information will follow.

  • Library buildings closed on Sunday 22 March, and Library staff moved to working remotely from home where possible, to support you while you learn, teach and research. Re-start plans are underway, aiming to make study spaces and facilities available again – see sections above for developments
  • The Library website remains available, providing information, access to resources and help.
  • Access to our wide collection of e-resources remains, and many publishers have made additional e-resources available
  • Online enquiry channels remain open:
    • General Library enquiries:  library at warwick dot ac dot uk 
    • Academic Services:  academicsupport at warwick dot ac dot uk 
    • Modern Record Centre:  archives at warwick dot ac dot uk 
    • WRAP publications: publications at warwick dot ac dot uk
  • We have automatically extended loan periods and invoked a fines amnesty given book returns are problematic
  • Document supply for print materials is unavailable, however many many electronic document supply services nationally and internationally are still running, enabling us to borrow and supply their e-resources to you. Contact dsmail at warwick dot ac dot uk for more information
    • Please note that responses to this service may be slower than usual, and we cannot guarantee that every request will be satisfied, as we are reliant on other institutions being able to supply material to via Article Reach to us, and they may also be impacted by COVID-19
  • Guidance for using Assistive Software from home has been provided
  • The Postgraduate Community Engagement Team is running online versions of three of its weekly events

 Re-start queries

We hope our Library re-start information is helpful, but if you have any questions at all, please get in touch: library at warwick dot ac dot uk, and we’ll be happy to help.

You can also keep up to date with developments via social media or our news updates.

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