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What do I need to know before I visit the Library?

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Wherever possible you must use the Library online

It is Government advice that wherever possible that all students should stay at home and study online. For this reason, you should use Library services online at: library.sunderland.ac.uk

The majority of Library services are available online including:

  • 24/7 live chat helpdesk with library staff
  • E-books and journals
  • Live study skills support via video chat

Our main advice to you is to talk to our Library staff through Library Talk and ask them any questions you may have so that they can help you so what you need to do, online.

Using Books

E-books should be the primary way that you access your reading.

If you cannot find the book you need as an e-book your first action should be to talk to Library staff who will do their best to provide access to the material you need. This could include finding alternative e-book material; buying a copy of the e-book; sending you a copy of a chapter or posting a book to you.

All print books currently on loan, are renewed until March 1st therefore there is no need to return them to the Library at this time.

Exceptional Circumstances where you could find it essential to visit a Library building

The Library buildings are open on a self-service basis from 11 am. Find out more at https://library.sunderland.ac.uk/about-us/opening-hours/

In-line with latest Government Department for Education advice you should only visit Campus, including the Library in exceptional circumstances and if your visit is essential.

There are 2 things you must do before you visit:

1. Check that you fulfil Government criteria

The Government have published a set of criteria detailing who and in what circumstances a visit to Campus may be allowed, if it is considered essential.

You must check that you are eligible before you visit. Check here: https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/for-students/student-guide-to-coronavirus/returning-to-university-in-2021/

2. You must also adhere to Government ruling on Covid testing/isolation

  • Have self-isolated for ten days, or received a negative lateral flow (LFD) / PCR test (ensuring to restrict social contact while awaiting the test results) &
  • Have no Covid19 symptoms &
  • Have not been told to self-isolate through NHS test and trace.

You should:

When visiting Library buildings

You must:

  • Tap through the Library gates with your own campus card
  • Legally you must maintain a 2m social distance from others at all times (even if you are from the same household or support bubble)
  • Legally you must wear a face covering at all times, even when seated
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Clean equipment before and after use
  • Co-operate with University staff who are doing their best to maintain a safe environment

If you have any queries or if you need support in any way please contact Library Services via Library Talk who will help you.