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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

From Monday 17 May, further restrictions are being lifted and the campus is open to any students and staff who need to study onsite.
Please plan ahead and always check the portal pages and the Library's Covid information before your visit for the latest updates/changes.


Opening Hours

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

You must have the following 3 items to enter the library:
(Please note failure to have these will result in you being denied access to the Library)

Coronavirus Testing: 
The University requires 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 confirming:

  • A negative PCR or LFD test from the last 7 days (Test day =Day 1)
  • A positive PCR or LFD test from within the last 90 days (having completed 10 days self-isolation)

Evidence will be required at all times, including at evenings and weekends and must be the original, not a screenshot. You will need to show this each time you enter the building.

There is a free Covid testing centre on campus, please see the  Asymptomatic Conronavirus Testing page on the Student Portal. (Please note the testing centre will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday, so please plan ahead to avoid disappointment).

Student ID card

Don’t forget your ID, we can’t let you in to 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 collected from the Welcome Centre. If you’ve forgotten your face covering, Digby Diner has spare masks and the campus shop sells disposable ones.


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:

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 alternate toilets in each block are 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, 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.


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.