Coronavirus (Covid-19): Latest updates and information
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Visiting the Library

Find out how the Library is adapting to Covid-19 developments, and keep up to date with changes to our Library services, both online and in our physical spaces

  • Please note: All external visitors including; SCONUL members, Alumni, retired staff, members of the public, students from other universities, prospective students and school and FE students will not be able to visit the Library at this time

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Existing members

University of Warwick staff and students

  • You automatically become a member of the Library when you start your course or your appointment
  • Your University ID card is also your Library card. You will need this to get into the Library and to borrow items. To avoid creating delays at the entrance gates please have your card ready to scan on the card readers

Lost University ID cards

Use the online form to report a lost or stolen card or report to staff at University House reception desk during normal office hours. For more information visit Lost cards.

Important information: Until you report your card as lost, the card will remain valid and so you are liable for e.g. any access to buildings, any books borrowed from the Library using the card.

Children or dependents in the Library

There may be an occasional need for children (under the age of 18) to accompany academic staff or students when they visit the Library. The Library cannot, however, assume responsibility for the safety of children. We require that customers closely supervise their children all times, as the Library is an adult environment and it is not an appropriate venue for young children for a prolonged period. Library staff may have to ask customers to leave if they feel that their children are disturbing other customers or are not adequately supervised.

Computers in the Library are provided for the use of students and staff, with a valid customer name and password and should not be used by children.


External visitors

All external visitors

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic access to the Main Library and other Library sites is being limited to University of Warwick Staff and Students. All external visitors including; SCONUL members, Alumni, retired staff, members of the public, students from other universities, prospective students and school and FE students will not be able to visit the Library at this time.

School and FE college visitors

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic School and FE college students will not be able to apply for access to the Library.

For advice on how to prepare for your EPQ and university studies and to get in contact about remote Widening Participation Session see school and FE college visitors.

SCONUL Access scheme

The SCONUL Access scheme is currently suspended.

  • The current position
    • We are sorry to say that the SCONUL Access Scheme is suspended as a result of the current pandemic. This means that we cannot process new applications or renew applications, and that participating libraries are not accepting visitors from other libraries under the scheme. We are afraid that no exceptions are possible to this rule. This is because capacity within member libraries is severely restricted due to the need for social distancing. Universities, including university libraries, are required to abide by the relevant government guidelines and this means that it is not possible for libraries to facilitate external visitors in most cases.
  • Next steps
    • We remain fully committed to opening up the scheme again as soon as it is safe and practical to do so, and we are keeping this under regular review. Given the information currently available, we believe it to be unlikely that the scheme will return to full functioning this academic year (2020-21). We will be consulting member institutions on routes to reopening the scheme later this academic year.
  • Help in the meantime
    • In the meantime, our member libraries are doing all they can to ensure that their staff, researchers and students can access the books and journals they need during this difficult time, and scheme users wanting to use particular resources should speak to the library staff at their own institution who will be able to assist. Those wishing to access archives and special collections should do the same – staff at their home library will be able to provide advice and support on routes to access.
    • If you have any further queries please see the SCONUL website