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Covid-19 and Library services

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.

The Library team have been working hard to deliver and improve our online provision, as well as managing our physical services and spaces in line with Covid-19 developments. Please be assured that all changes to Library services have taken strict safety measures into account, and it is our absolute priority that the Library community are kept safe!

Thank you for your patience and understanding so far.


As things are changing rapidly, we will be keeping you up to date with what’s happening at the Library in relation to Covid-19 below. See what has happened to date, and find out what plans are coming up.

What’s happening right now

Library will remain open in lockdown

In line with recent Government guidance, all Library study spaces should now be used for independent study only, and no groups, or group study, are permitted – individuals are expected to study quietly, and in a socially distanced manner.

We recognise that during this time, virtual collaboration and discussions are necessary. Therefore, as well as quiet zones, The Library, Rootes Learning Grids and PG Hub have provided some dedicated study spaces where individuals are permitted to participate in online meetings and discussions.

Study spaces

We are pleased to announce that all Library spaces are currently open, with Learning Grid 2 being our most recent space to re-open on 2 November. Please note that the spaces and their opening times have changed from previous years due to Covid-19, and you are advised to check study spaces 2020 for more information.


Good news - the MRC re-opened on 3 Nov to University of Warwick researchers only.

Bookable spaces

We appreciate that Library study spaces are in high demand. We also realise that our reduced capacity for seating may present challenges. We have therefore developed a desk booking system for a number of desks across several spaces to assist you. Learning Grid Leamington is the first space where you can book study space.

Additional services

There are a significant number of resources available electronically, a vast array of essential materials, valuable in the support of teaching, learning and research at Warwick, are currently not available other than in print/multimedia format. The following services are therefore being developed to support current students and staff of the University who are self isolating and/or not able to visit the campus:

  • Scan & Deliver - allows current staff and students to request an individual scanned copy of one chapter (or 5%) of a monograph or one article per issue of a journal from the Library’s collections subject to copyright permissions
  • Free Postal Loans
  • Our normal Postal Loan service is also available (charges will apply) £3.50 for up to 2kg & £6.50 over 2kg

Please note: Our priority is to support our current student and staff academic community, and therefore the services are not available to all members of the Library, such as Alumni and External Borrowers. However, if a particular item is required, these members will be directed to contact the Library enquiries service at who will determine if or how they are able to assist.

What's next

Close monitoring

We understand that access to Library spaces for study and physical resources is key. Opening hours, study space provision, and access requirements are continually under review with safety a main priority. Any changes to the current provision will be posted here.

  • The Library website remains available, providing information, access to resources and help
  • Access to our wide collection of e-resources remains, and many publishers made additional e-resources available
  • Some Library staff are back on site supporting the physical services. Others continue to work remotely from home, to support learners, teachers and researchers remotely
  • 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
  • Loan periods are currently automatically extended  and a fines amnesty has been invoked given challenges with book returns
  • 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
  • The main Library building reopened on Monday 28 September 2020 after being closed since Sunday 22 March 2020 to due to lockdown
  • Learning Grid University House was the first of our Library spaces to re-open on 17 August 2020, after being closed since Sunday 22 March 2020 due to lockdown
  • Learning Grid Rootes was the second of our Library spaces to re-open on midday 1 September due to lockdown
  • Click & Collect ended on 25 September 2020. The service was introduced on 27 July 2020 to enable current staff and students to order and collect print books whilst the main Library was closed
  • Our new freepost Book Returns service was launched to enable finalist students to return their books free of charge
  • Our Library's online community space - Library Online Lounge (LOL!) was launched for students to take part in virtual events, connect with other students, and discover new resources.

Stay safe at Warwick

See University latest advice and guidance for staff, students and prospective students.


Please contact us if you have any questions: 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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