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Coronavirus - Library services updates

Bournemouth House Library and The Sir Michael Cobham Library are closed until further notice.

For Library help, please contact us on Library Chat, or email
These services will be staffed Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

For IT support, please telephone +44 (0)1202 965515 - available Monday to Sunday, 8am to midnight

Online learning tips

In collaboration with colleagues across the University, we have created a Guide to Studying Online. It includes how to structure study time, guidance on relevant software, tips to improve skills such as critical thinking and reflective writing and links to further support that you might need during this time.

Library loans - due dates extended to September 2020

Books and DVDs currently on loan which were due back on or later than 3 February 2020 have now been extended to Wednesday 23 September 2020 (the first week of the new Academic Year).

If the campuses remain closed beyond mid-September, the due date stated above will be extended further - though of course we hope that this will not be necessary.

If you need to return items

Please retain if possible any library items you currently have on loan.

If you do need to return them urgently - e.g. if you are not coming back to Bournemouth University next semester -  please post them to the address below and retain proof of postage in case of queries later.

Bournemouth University
Returned Library Books
Poole House
Talbot Campus
Fern Barrow
​BH12 5BB.

Alternatively, if you live locally and can maintain social distancing, you may return your books to the book box in the courtyard outside The Sir Michael Cobham Library. 

Any books you post or drop off will remain on your borrower record until such time as staff are able to return to campus and process them.

Additional digital resources

Many publishers and suppliers are offering temporary access to a range of online resources, to help mitigate the impact of Covid-19 and the loss of access to the physical books in our libraries. Our new Temporary Library E-Resources Guide lists these extra resources, including the dates they are likely to be available until, where these are known. These resources are in addition to the huge range of electronic resources (ebooks and ejournals) already available to you with your BU username and password.

Digitised content (scanning) service

As the campus libraries are closed we are unable to provide a scanning service at this time.

Inter Library Loans service

We regret that we are unable to process Inter Library Loan requests until further notice. The British Library and others have had to suspend interlending services to other libraries during the lockdown.