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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

The Library is open and we’re so happy to see you again!

A lot of thought has gone into how to adapt the way the building works, with your safety in mind. So please be patient if things take a little longer than usual or your route around the Library is rather longer than you’re used to.

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.

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 building is open Monday-Friday (8am-midnight), Saturday and Sunday (10am-9pm). 

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

Please note we are only open to Roehampton students, staff and alumni at the moment. If you are a visitor, please check our visiting the Library page for updates.



You will need your Library card to get into the building. The main revolving doors are not in use so you must have your card to tap in at the side doors. Entrance is from the Hirst/Mandela building side and Exit from the Roehampton Lane side.

Face coverings must be worn in the Library, unless you have an exemption. If you’ve forgotten yours, 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 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.


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 by each print hub.

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