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Study spaces in the library

In-line with the University approach in implementing temporary adjustments to our teaching and learning and WSE provision during the first two weeks of Epiphany term, as of Monday 10 January 2022, the following changes will apply to our services:

Access to Bill Bryson Library by pre-booked timeslots only 

  • Access to study spaces at Bill Bryson Library will need to be pre-booked through our Space Bookings system. All spaces within the Library will be for individual study only. 
  • We will be re-introducing our Browse and Borrow service at Bill Bryson Library, meaning you will need to book a timeslot to browse the shelves and borrow any items. 
  • When using our study spaces, you will need to sit in the seat you have been allocated by the booking system. 
  • Access to Small Island Coffee in Bill Bryson Library will only be available if you have booked to visit the Library. 

Access to Barker Research Library at Palace Green Library by pre-booked timeslots only

  • Access to study spaces at Barker Research Library will need to be pre-booked through our Space Bookings system. All spaces within the Library will be for individual study only. 
  • For research access to our collections, please contact us to make an appointment. 

You will be able to make bookings on our Space Bookings system from 4.30pm on Friday 7 January. 

Non-bookable study spaces 

Our study spaces at the Teaching and Learning Centre remain unchanged at this time, with non-bookable individual and group study spaces available. You can also continue to access individual study spaces at Leazes Road Study Space and ISC Library without a booking. 

Safety measures 

  • Our capacities will be reduced as we limit the number of people in our buildings to remain Covid-secure. 
  • You must wear a face covering at all times within our buildings and study spaces, including when sitting at your study desk (unless you are exempt). 
  • We won’t be re-introducing one-way systems at this stage, but we are asking everyone to keep to the left where possible when moving around the building. 

We will continue to operate our current safety measures, including enhanced cleaning regimes, handwashing and sanitiser stations readily available, operating our clean as you go process and monitoring the air quality within our buildings. Our Covid Marshals will also be on hand to offer support during your time visiting us and may ask to check your booking confirmation email when you arrive. 

These measures have been implemented in line with University guidance and will be reviewed regularly.  

We’re here to support you 

Regardless of the changes, we remain available and committed to supporting you during your time at Durham. We have a wide range of online services that you can access from anywhere in the world, with eresources available through Discover and the Library catalogue, and specific subject support on our subject guides.   

Our dedicated team is available through our Virtual Enquiry Desk to answer any emails or messages, and our live chat service is available 24/7. You can also check our FAQs at any time.