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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

During the national lockdown announced in January 2021, if you are studying nursing or teacher training qualifications, or are in one of the categories outlined in this Student Portal announcement you may be eligible to study on campus.

Please always check the portal pages and the Library's Covid information before your visit in case of any updates/changes.

Everything we have put in place is there to help keep us all as safe as possible. Please bear in mind that things can change; we’ll let you know if this happens.

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 the subject resources area of the Library Website for guidance on the most relevant resources in your subject area.

Take a look at the Online 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 to new starters and returning students. We recommend The Virtual Library Tour and Navigating the Library Homepage in case you missed inductions or just need a reminder. This is essential viewing, whether you're an undergraduate or a postgraduate student. For postgraduate students, there is a dedicated Postgraduate section on the Library website as well.

We really appreciate your cooperation with the new set-up. If you have any suggestions we’d love to hear them. Just email us at:

Opening Hours

The library is open Monday-Friday (9am-10pm), Saturday and Sunday (10am-9pm).

Please also be aware that opening hours may be subject to change during the pandemic.

Please note we are only open to Roehampton students and staff at the moment. If you are a visitor we cannot welcome you currently, but please check our Visiting the Library page for updates.


Before You Visit

Coronavirus Testing: From Monday 22nd February, the University will require all students to provide evidence of a recent COVID-19 test to enter the Library.

You will need to show the relevant text message or email from the NHS, or a certificate from a private provider confirming:

  • A negative PCR or LFD test from the last 7 days
  • A positive PCR or LFD test from within the last 90 days (having completed 10 days self-isolation)

Note: in order to access the Library, you will need to show this proof to staff at the entrance doors.

To have a COVID-19 test on campus, please see the Asymptomatic Conronavirus Testing page on the Student Portal.

Student ID card reminder: don’t forget your ID card! We can’t let you in to the Library building without it. 
We want to make sure we keep everybody as safe as possible during these COVID times.  To protect our students and staff we cannot sign people into the Library building from Monday 25 January 2021. This is why you must always have your ID card with you, whether you live on campus or elsewhere - to get into the Library, accommodation, computer suites and everywhere!

Remember, you can still access all our online Library resources and Learning Skills Hub tutorials/webinars and more on Moodle, anytime, from wherever you are.

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

Face coverings must be worn in the Library - either a mask or a visor. If you have an exemption then this lanyard must be worn. Exemption lanyards can also collected from the Welcome Centre. If you’ve forgotten your face covering, Digby Diner has spare masks and the campus shop sells disposable ones.

Social Distancing

Social distancing

Following Government and Public Health Office guidelines, we have put a clear social distancing protocol in place throughout the Library building:

  • We have set a limit to the number of people coming into the building at any one time.
  • Entry and exit points are clearly marked
  • There is clear signage and floor stickers, as well as queueing systems at key points eg Welcome Desk, Printer stations, lifts, toilets.
  • We have put a one-way system in place on each floor to allow for more space between people
  • We have temporarily closed off some seating areas where social distancing would not be possible. We will review this policy over time, in line with government guidance
  • Lifts are for those with accessibility needs and for Staff moving book trolleys
  • Due to space restrictions only the accessible toilet in each block is in use for the time being

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 and at the main entrance.
  • 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.


Wellbeing Support

The Wellbeing Team team are here to support you. Please email your Student Wellbeing Officer to access information about support and booking a meeting. Wellbeing drop-in sessions will resume on Monday 4th January 2021 and take place throughout the semester Monday-Friday, 1pm-2.30pm. During these sessions, you can speak with a Student Wellbeing Officer (SWO) for 10 minutes and be referred on to your SWO if needed. To access the drop-in, please call Health and Wellbeing on 0208 392 3653 during drop-in hours and the team will connect you with a SWO.