Coronavirus

The University Library is open, with safety measures in place to protect students and staff while inside.

Opening hours are currently 9.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. From 5 October this will be extended to 8.00am to 12.00am (midnight) Monday to Sunday, for the start of term.

Safety measures include:

  • All visitors are required to wear a face covering when in the library. A small supply of masks will be available for visitors who may not have one when they arrive.
  • When in the library please follow the signage and any other guidance to maintain social distancing. There are hand sanitisers at the entrance and across the building - please use them.
  • All students and staff must have their University Card to access the library - anyone without a card will not be allowed to enter. This is so that we can manage the number of people in the library at any one time and maintain social distancing. The library is not open to the public at this time.
  • The reception desk and the IT Helpdesk will be open with other services remaining online such as the Academic Liaison Team.
  • We’re encouraging library users to not browse books in the library. Instead, browse online and come and collect the books that you need. If you are in the library and pick up a book that you do not need please place it on one of the book trolleys provided, and not back on the shelf. These books will then be quarantined before being returned to the shelves.
  • To allow for social distancing there will be a reduced number of study areas and open access PCs available. The study rooms will remain closed.
  • Additional cleaning regimes are in place and extra cleaning materials will be available for visitors to clean areas and surface.

Library staff are also working remotely via online chat and email support services to help you find the resources you need. All of our chat handling teams are experts in finding, accessing and referencing information and will be more than happy to help you. You can access the online chat by visiting the Library website and clicking the speech bubble on the right-hand side of the homepage.

The University Library is a central space for study, research and support. From solo studying to group work and research projects, our library has space and resources for study and work of all kinds.

There's more to our library than just books, computers, and desks: students can work collaboratively in our meeting pods, we have a dedicated suite for postgraduate students to work in, and we can loan software to students for use on their own devices too.

When you need a break from your studies, you can wind down with a novel in our book nook, stay up-to-date with what's happening on our community noticeboard, and grab a barista-made coffee at the library café.

We've built a tradition of student-led change through our online suggestion box – and students, researchers and staff are supported by our friendly staff and knowledgeable librarians, who are on-hand to offer their help and guidance.

For more detailed information about the services available, visit our Library website.

Groups of students studying in the library

Individual pods and open plan seating are available throughout the library

Female student reading in the library

More than 380,000 printed books, 600,000 e-books and 55,000 journals are available to borrow

Equipment and facilities

  • 400+ open access desktop computers
  • 410 loaner laptops with secure lockers
  • Printing, scanning and copying facilities
  • 20 meeting pods
  • Casual and open plan seating
  • Study room hire
  • 380,000 printed books
  • 600,000 e-books
  • 55,000 e-journals
  • DVDs, maps, online newspapers and microfilms
  • 7 faculty librarians over expert knowledge and research assistance
  • Disability support — from research support to assistive technology
  • In-house coffee shop
  • Postgraduate study suite
  • Student display space and 'book nook'

Key services

Our Library offers a variety of services for students, staff, researchers and external readers including:

Key library services include

Students can easily borrow, renew and return library items using our self-service kiosks. Powered with RFID technology, each kiosk allows students to borrow multiple items at once, without any hassle.

For more details on student, staff and external reader borrowing entitlements, visit our borrowing and reservations page.

From our document delivery service to requesting journal articles and 1-to-1 support through our Academic Skills Unit (ASK), we provide exceptional support to our distance learners. Find out more at our distance learners library page.

Students can access our electronic resources – including e-books and e-journals – wherever they are, using the same username and password as they do for Moodle.

For more information about electronic resources and working anywhere, visit our dedicated library page.

Our library houses 8 group study rooms and several meeting rooms, which can be booked through our online booking system. Get all the details on our rooms and how to book them on our group study rooms page.

We have access to a network of libraries across the country – including the world's biggest national library, the British Library. Students can also order books, articles and chapters in physical and electronic forms to help them with coursework and resource.

For further details, check out our interlibrary loan page.

Students can borrow a University laptop with Microsoft Office software, internet browser and printers installed, for up to 12 hours – head to our laptops for loan library page for more details.

Our interactive guide and referencing tool helps students reference sources correctly, based on published style guides and local practice. See how our referencing tool works at our University referencing site.

Where to find us

Location

University Library
Cambridge Road
Portsmouth
PO1 2ST

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