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COVID-19 Guide to using the Library

All the information you need to know about using the Library during the 20-21 academic year

Key Points to Note

Covid-19 guide to using the library

Please plan ahead and always check the portal pages and the Library's Covid information before your visit for the latest updates/changes.

NB: Whilst measures are removed nationally, the University will not be making any immediate changes to Covid safety measures on campus. Students and staff are still expected to maintain social distancing and wear face coverings indoors (unless exempt) for the time being.


Opening Hours

The library is currently open Monday-Friday 9am-7pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday closed. 
Please note we are only open to Roehampton students and staff at the moment. If you are a visitor/Alumni, please check our 

Visiting the Library page for updates.


Before You Visit

Coronavirus Testing: 
In line with government guidelines,allstudents and staff should take part in rapid asymptomatic testing  twice a week(every3 to 4 days).  

You can collect home testing kits from the Welcome Centre (Monday- Friday, 9am-5pm) and also from the Library. To collect a kit, you must bring your student ID and wear a face covering (unless exempt).

Please see the portal news for further information.


You must have the following items to enter the library:
(Please note failure to have these will result in you being denied access to the Library)

Student ID card
Don’t forget your ID, we can’t let you into the Library building without it!

Your ID enables access to entry doors, turnstiles and is also your Library card if you wish to borrow. It also allows access to the rest of campus.

If you have lost your card you will need to order a new one; you must do this prior to visiting on the Student ID Card page.

Face coverings: 
You must wear either a mask or a visor whilst in the Library. If you have an exemption then this lanyard must be worn. Exemption lanyards can also be collected from the Welcome Centre.


Library Anywhere

If you are studying remotely, you can access e-books and e-journals by logging in to the catalogue from the Library homepage. Visit thesubject resources area of the Library Websitefor guidance on the most relevant resources in your subject area.

Take a look at theOnline Study Tool Kit curated by the Academic Achievement (AA) Team. You'll find information and links to lots of online resources to help you with your studies, including webinars, workshop recordings and subject resources information – all in one place. There's a section dedicated tonew starters and returning students.

For postgraduate students, there is a dedicatedPostgraduate sectionon the Library website as well.

If you have any suggestions we’d love to hear them. Just email us at:

Personal Protection

Personal Protection

Washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds is still the recommended way to ensure your personal protection.  You can/should also sanitise your hands when you come in and when you leave.

  • There are hand sanitiser units by each lift, at the main entrance and throughout the building.
  • We’ve set up cleaning stations next to print hubs (this includes a spray bottle and tissue to wipe areas such as MFDs before use).
  • We have installed Perspex screens around the Welcome Desk to protect Staff and Library users
  • We have an enhanced cleaning regime throughout the building 
  • All book returns go in the book bins in the foyer to be quarantined in line with government advice

Please take personal responsibility for helping to keep the space clean and safe and use the cleaning stations around the Library. We also recommend you carry your own sanitising wipes and hand gel, especially for wiping down desks and keyboards before/after use.

Cleaning Packs

Cleaning Packs

Sign with directions on how to use cleaning packs in the libraryYou’ll find cleaning supplies dotted around the Library in key places such as printer stations.

There are 28 packs in total located throughout the library building: 

Lower Ground Floor- 2 packs
Upper Ground Floor- 3 packs
First Floor- 9 packs
Second Floor- 9 packs
Third Floor- 5 packs

Feel free to use these to sanitise any touch points such as the printer display screen or the PCS/tables in the building.  You’ll find a cleaning pack (antibacterial spray and tissue) and instructions on how to use them.

Please put everything back after you’ve used it so the next person can sanitise surfaces before and after use.