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Library Service changes : COVID-19

Library service

This page will be updated as advice changes so please keep checking for the latest information. 

The Library building and the University campus are now closed until further notice. Please also see the University website for information about arrangements at AUB 

Whilst the building may be closed staff are available to help you. E-mail the Library with your questions and we will get back to you as soon as possible 

You can also contact your Subject Librarian for help finding or using our online collections

The University will be closed for Easter from the 5th - 13th April inclusive. 

AUB Library is not accepting new applications from external members or SCONUL Access users for the moment. 

Library resources you can access from home

Online Library collections

The Library has a large online collection of resources to support you while you are working from home. This includes e-books, journals, newspapers, streaming media (TV, films, theatre, animation, documentary, modelmaking) and image databases. 

For a general overview have a look at our collections page by clicking here 

For Subject specific resources have a look at your Subject page. Click here

Temporary online resources

We are working with a range of suppliers to provide temporary access to online resources to offer you more. These will only be available during this period of closure and the length of access may depend on the arrangement with the particular supplier. Please click here to see our temporary resources page for information. 

Library loans

All loans for Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Preparation for Higher Education, Staff and External members have been extended until the 1st May. We will review this and extend further if necessary including renewing over the Summer vacation if necessary. You won't be asked to bring books back until campus reopens and no one is currently on site to receive your loans so please keep hold of them. 

We will be temporarily allowing people with fines to be able to borrow. We will waive fines that have been incurred as a direct result of COVID-19 e.g. self-isolation. 

Borrowing from other libraries

  • Inter-library loans of print books and articles are temporarily suspended. We will try to provide access to articles via e-mail. Where possible a PDF copy of the article will be e-mailed to you. Please place article requests via your Library record as normal and we will try to supply what you need. Click here for instructions. If you need help please contact 
  • If you currently have an Inter-library loan please keep hold of it until our doors reopen. Loans have been extended and no fines will be charged. We will be in touch with individuals who have items out on loan. 
  • If you want a book or journal article please contact us. We may be able to direct you to an online version and we will also consider buying an eBook to fulfill your request depending on availability and cost. 
  • Many of our suppliers and the British Library are looking at if / how we might support learning remotely with online resources and we will add information to the website as we get it. 
  • SCONUL access scheme. Many libraries in the UK are limiting the people who can use their Libraries or closing. Members with a SCONUL access card won't be able to access these libraries. Please check individual library websites for information.