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Brunel Library open for enrolment week

Following our successful restricted reopening period from the end of July, we are pleased to be able to open up the rest of the Library in Bannerman from Monday 21 September to the whole Brunel Community. However, please note that we are now operating in a new way with various measures to help keep the Brunel Community safe, including:

  • Bookings must be made in advance to use the Library – 2M distanced study spaces are available on every floor with or without PCs but group study spaces are not available
  • There is a no ID, no entry policy and face coverings must be worn at all times with the Student Code of Conduct and Community Pledge respected
  • We are offering a new Click & Collect book service for customers who do not wish to enter the Library or just want specific items
  • Suspension of 24/7 Bannerman opening but we are offering 24/7 webchat support for the first time this year
  • Enhanced cleaning regime in place with self-service alcoholic wipe stations for desks and PCs and additional handgel dispensers
  • Revised ground floor layouts and helpdesk areas with queue lanes indicated.

We’re also pleased to announce that we have removed Library fines on overdue items (with the exception of late reserved items) and have gone cashless.

Please check our Library website and reopening portal for the latest information on services and opening hours or contact us as arrangements are subject to last-minute changes in line with evolving government and Health & Safety requirements.


Great news – Brunel Library is extending its special reopening period

Following a successful reopening period for revising students, Brunel Library is now offering exclusive weekday access from Tuesday 1 September until Friday 11 September (9am to 5pm) for postgraduate taught students who are completing their dissertations this year. This was arranged in consultation with the Brunel Student Union. Eligible students will still need to prebook a study space on the ground or first floors in advance of their visit and present their ID to the Library Welcome Desk on arrival. N.B. Face coverings must also be worn at all times whilst in the Bannerman Library space.

In addition, a new Click & Collect service for Library books will be trialled during this period for the benefit of all postgraduates, doctoral students and academic staff. Up to 6 item requests can be made via the Library’s catalogue. An email will be sent to the requester when the items are ready for collection with a 3 day window to come to the Library Welcome Desk to collect their items (already checked out and bagged up) without needing to enter the Library itself.

For further information and to make bookings of study space and/or books, please visit the Library’s special Reopening Portal or use the Contact us page if you have any questions.


Masks to be worn at all times in the library

In line with government guidance, face coverings will be mandatory for all Library users from Monday 17/8/2020. This is subject to the usual exclusions for medical reasons.



And we’re back! The Library is partially reopening Bannerman from Monday 27 July to Friday 27 August

COVID19 service restrictions do apply however so we are only able to offer individual desk spaces for revision and access to resources for those students who have examinations in August.

We will not be able to open the Library fully to any other customers until the whole campus reopens in September. Please continue to use our online services in the meantime and watch out for future announcements. 

We have reconfigured our Bannerman Library space to introduce various health and safety measures to protect students and our staff, including capacity and access restrictions. Students will be expected to play their part in maintaining a safe study and working environment by following handwashing and sanitation guidelines displayed.  

This means that eligible students will need to reserve a specific numbered seat before turning up to the Library and present their Brunel ID card at the Welcome desk in order to gain entry (a no ID no entry policy will apply). A regular Book Fetch Service will also be available for students revising within the Library to request items from our collections as there will be no access to open shelving areas.   

Full details of the process and services we can offer at present are available from our special reopening webpages please contact us if you have any queries.


Freepost book returns service now available for graduating students

Are you graduating this year but still have Brunel Library books at home with you? If so, please check your Brunel email account for details of an innovative new freepost returns scheme which will enable us to get our precious books back at no cost to yourself! If you didn’t receive the email, or have any questions, please contact us 24/7.


Library launches a new 24/7 chat service

Brunel University London has joined the LibAnswers 24/7 Chat Cooperative Service that allows the Brunel community to get help and information any time of day. Brunel Library staff are currently available Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00 to answer enquiries and offer guidance. Outside of these hours, the 24/7 web chat service automatically reroutes Brunel enquirers to one of hundreds of academic librarians around the world participating in the Cooperative. They can point users to specific Brunel FAQs and online resources.

N.B. The Cooperative team will not have access to Brunel systems or Library accounts so some enquiries e.g. relating to loans will need to wait until the Brunel Library team takes over. 

The web chat service can be accessed from the chat tab or the contact us page.


The Library building is closed, but we're still here to help

In light of the national lockdown announced on 23 March 2020, the Library in Bannerman is now closed until further notice. Library online resources, enquiry and support services are available as normal. Please refer to our webpages below for further details and contact information - see also our Library Guide on Additional Library e-resources for remote study.

Please also note the following: All loans will continue to renew automatically and you will not be charged fines indefinitely. The laptop loan service has also been temporarily withdrawn so that we can reassign laptops to staff in order to support you effectively from home. We wish everyone well - stay at home, stay safe and save lives!

Coronavirus information for the Brunel community



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