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Library services - autumn 2020

Opening times and what to expect - Monday 7 September 2020 onwards

From Monday 7 September, both libraries are open for BU students and staff.

All study spaces (with or without a computer) are for quiet individual study only, and will need to be pre-booked. See more details about study spaces or go straight to our booking system to reserve a library study space now.

Our new Reserve & Collect service enables you to borrow print copies of books. 

Printers and laptop loans are available. Booking is not required for the quick use of a printer or to borrow a laptop to take elsewhere on campus, but please be prepared to queue for entry to the Library, especially at peak times.

Extra cleaning is in place, but you will be expected to wipe down any university computer or printer that you need to touch, before and after use.

When you enter the Library, for whatever reason, please go to the Help Zone so that we can triage your query.

Please wear a face covering (unless exempt) and adhere to physical distancing guidance and signage.

Bournemouth House Library and The Sir Michael Cobham Library opening times
Monday 7 September 2020 until further notice

Day Library Staffed enquiry service
(Help Zone and Chat)
Monday - Friday 9am - 8pm 9am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed Closed

If you can't visit the Library in person you can contact us on Library Chat, or email us at These services are staffed Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

For IT support, please telephone +44 (0)1202 965515 (available 24/7).

We regret that due to limited space we are not open for external library users during this time.

Library loans - due dates extended to 7 October 2020 

Books and DVDs currently on loan which were due back on or later than 3 February 2020 have now been extended to Wednesday 7 October 2020

If you need to return items 

Please use the secure returns boxes for any library books (or DVDs) you wish to return.  These are in the courtyard outside The Sir Michael Cobham Library at Talbot Campus, and on the ground floor of Bournemouth House at Lansdowne Campus.  See more details on Borrowing & Returning.

If you have completed your studies and have moved away from the area, please email us at and we'll advise you how you can return your books. 

Returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours before library staff remove them from your borrower record.

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.

Additional digital resources 

Many publishers and suppliers are continuing to offer temporary access to a range of online resources, to help mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on access to printed information sources. Our 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.

Inter library loans and digitised content (scanning) service 

For staff and PGRs, we are now able to process requests for electronic delivery of articles and chapters from the British Library. This will enable you to view them anywhere, on any device. If you haven't already done so, please complete the one-off registration process and then submit your requests using our request form available on our inter library loan webpage. Please be aware delivery may take longer than usual.

Once the Library reopens in September we hope to be able to process requests for print items from the British Library, and to resume our inter library loan service for Level 6 and Level 7 students.

We have now reinstated our scanning service for academic staff.

SCONUL Access Scheme 

The SCONUL Access Scheme has been suspended and is likely to remain so for new registrations during the coming semester, autumn 2020. Some university libraries may re-introduce book borrowing services in the autumn to SCONUL members already registered with them, but all are likely to have limited study space due to physical distancing measures. So if you plan to visit another university library, please check their website first.

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.

Alumni and external library members

If you are a BU Alumnus, or a SCONUL Access, external or subscription member of our Library, we are sorry that we are unable to offer you access to our library during Semester 1, September 2020 to January 2021. Due to reduced space because of physical distancing measures, we are only able to offer access to BU students and staff. This will be kept under review and if anything changes, the information will be published on this page.