Visit us

We are pleased to offer the Old Library, the Poetry Room, and the Goodman Library as spaces for our members.


Please report to the library enquiry desk to check in before taking your seat, regardless of which room you decide to work in.


Open Monday - Friday, 09:30 - 17:00.


Fixed closed dates: 12 - 16 July and 27 August - 13 September inclusive.





What are the opening hours?

The Library will be open from 09:30-17:00, Monday to Friday. 


Will I be able to study in the library?

Yes, we're open for the majority of the Long Vacation period.

Are there group working spaces?

The Goodman Library has tables for group working. Members are expected to adhere to Covid regulations when using a group work space.

How accessible are the rooms?

Old Library: Ground floor, but there is one step around 15cm high to enter the building. A ramp is available.

Goodman Library: Ground floor, but there are two steps around 15cm high. A ramp is available.

Poetry Room: First floor, up a flight of stairs. Unfortunately the only access is via the stairs.

If you need assistance speak to a member of staff or  email us. 

Can I return a book I have out on loan by post?

Provisionally yes, but please email us directly to discuss the options.


Can I browse the shelves?

You can, but it is very helpful if you know what books or subject area you would like browse beforehand to minimise unnecessary handling of the books.


What safety precautions are in place?

Seating has been reduced and reconfigured to comply with government guidelines. Protective screens have been put in place where appropriate. There are sanitizer stations throughout the building, including the library. There is a robust cleaning regime in place. Upon entry to the Union buildings, members will be asked to sign in to the NHS track and trace app. We will also keep key windows open to aid ventilation, so wrap up warm!


Do I have to wear a mask in the library?

Yes, it is expected that members will wear face masks in all parts of the Union buildings, including the library, unless you have an exemption card. If you forget your mask or lose it, we do sell them for a nominal fee.


Can I use the printer and photocopier?

Staff will provide this service for you. Any documents to be printed must be emailed to us in advance. There is a charge of 10p per colour side and 5p per black and white side. Scanning is free.


Can you scan and send me chapters of books?

Yes, as long as it is copyright compliant.


I am not a member, can I visit the library?

Please email the library explaining your reason (e.g. research, tourism) and we will try to accommodate you.