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Library opening times and updates

Opening times - term time

From 20 September 2021, opening times are as below:

The Sir Michael Cobham Library, Talbot Campus

Day Library building Staffed service at Help Zone  
Monday - Friday  8am - midnight 9am - 5pm
Saturday  10am - 6pm No staffed service
Sunday 10am - 10pm No staffed service
24/7 opening: Monday 4 October - Sunday 7 November (while the Open Access Centre in Poole House is closed for repairs)

Weston Library (Bournemouth Gateway Building), Lansdowne Campus

Day Library area Staffed service at Help Zone 
Monday - Friday  Open 24/7  9am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday  Open 24/7 No staffed service

If you can't visit the Library in person you can contact us on Library Chat, email us at or phone us on +44 (0)1202 965959. These services are staffed Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Or look at our Library FAQs here.

For IT support, please telephone +44 (0)1202 965515 or Freephone 0808 196 2332 (both available 24/7).

Borrowing update

For the new academic year we have introduced a system of automatic renewals for BU students and staff. Details can be found under Renewing borrowed items.

We are no longer charging fines for the late return of library books, but items lost or damaged will still incur a replacement charge. 

SCONUL Access Scheme 

BU Library is unable to offer access to external SCONUL Access members during this period. This will be kept under review and if anything changes, the information will be published on this page. See also the SCONUL Access Scheme website.

Statement from the SCONUL Access Scheme, November 2020 (and still applies during 2021, possibly until November 2021)

The current position:
We are sorry to say that the SCONUL Access Scheme is suspended as a result of the current pandemic. This means that we cannot process new applications or renew applications, and that participating libraries are not accepting visitors from other libraries under the scheme. We are afraid that no exceptions are possible to this rule. This is because capacity within member libraries is severely restricted due to the need for social distancing. Universities, including university libraries, are required to abide by the relevant government guidelines and this means that it is not possible for libraries to facilitate external visitors in most cases.

Next steps:
We remain fully committed to opening up the scheme again as soon as it is safe and practical to do so, and we are keeping this under regular review. Given the information currently available, we believe it to be unlikely that the scheme will return to full functioning this academic year (2020-21). We will be consulting member institutions on routes to reopening the scheme later this academic year.

Help in the meantime:
​In the meantime, our member libraries are doing all they can to ensure that their staff, researchers and students can access the books and journals they need during this difficult time, and scheme users wanting to use particular resources should speak to the library staff at their own institution who will be able to assist. Those wishing to access archives and special collections should do the same – staff at their home library will be able to provide advice and support on routes to access.