Library services during COVID-19

The David Wilson Library remains open for essential purposes only for:

  • All students on exempted courses and undertaking face-to-face teaching on campus
  • Vulnerable students, including students without access to IT or suitable study space
  • Essential research activities for PGR students and academic staff

The building is open for individual silent study (drop-in and bookable), and access to print book stock. Students on exempted courses only are able to book a group study room. We have a staffed reception and enquiry desk during our opening hours but please continue to use our online enquiry services or email library@le.ac.uk wherever possible to reduce social contact.

When visiting the library you must:

  • Bring your university ID card to gain access
  • Unless exempt, wear a face covering at all times when in the building
  • Observe social distancing and only use designated study spaces

You should minimise the amount of time you spend in the Library and on campus and follow our COVID-19 regulations. The David Wilson Library is a shared space so please be considerate of others. Unless exempt you must wear a face covering at all times when in the Library (including our group study rooms – household or live and learn bubble exemptions for face coverings do not apply), maintain social distancing and only sit in designated study spaces. Any breaches of our regulations may result in disciplinary action and removal of privileges, including access to the David Wilson Library. 

Opening hours of the building from 12 April, in line with the Government's approach and the University's roadmap out of lockdown will be:

  • Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 7.00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 12.00pm - 5.00pm

From 8 May our weekend opening hours will increase to 9.00am - 5.00pm

Our enquiry service will continue to operate online during the following times:

  • Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 12.00pm – 5.00pm 
You can contact us via email library@le.ac.uk or online chat via Library Help

Postal loans, click and collect services and digitisation requests will continue to be extended to all University of Leicester staff and students to reduce the need for you to come onto campus. You can place requests via Library Search on the Library homepage.

Our Academic Skills Centre, research services, librarians and archives and special collections teams will continue providing support remotely. See contact details for these teams

Is the David Wilson Library Building open?

The David Wilson Library building is open to all students on exempted courses and undertaking face-to-face teaching on campus, those students classed as vulnerable including students without access to IT or suitable study space, and for essential PGR and research activities only. To remain COVID-19 secure occupancy is monitored and entry may be restricted. We also need to ensure adequate ventilation so the windows will be opening even when it is cooler, so please come prepared and wrap up warmly on colder days.

Please watch the following video so you are prepared for your visit to the Library. It contains everything you need to know about how the Library is working as a Covid secure environment.

To enter you need to bring your ID card and in line with University guidance face coverings must be worn at all times (unless exempt) and not removed. Please do not bring food and drink into the Library, only bottled water.

You should minimise the amount of time you spend in the Library and on campus and follow our COVID-19 regulations. The David Wilson Library is a shared space so please be considerate of others. Unless exempt you must wear a face covering at all times when in the Library (including our group study rooms – household or live and learn bubble exemptions for face coverings do not apply), maintain social distancing and only sit in designated study spaces. Any breaches of our regulations may result in disciplinary action and removal of privileges, including access to the David Wilson Library. 

Many of our services continue to be offered digitally, including access to eBooks, eJournals and databases. Use Library Search to search and access digital library resources. You will need to use your IT username and password.

How do I get help with using the Library? 

The Library’s email enquiry service library@le.ac.uk is available or you can talk to staff via online chat at Library Help; and you can book 1-2-1 virtual support sessions with a librarian, research consultant or an academic skills advisor.

What study spaces are available in the Library? 

There are 189 individual socially distanced study spaces. Of these 92 can be booked by undergraduate and taught postgraduate students up to a day in advance. Students on exempted course may book a group study room from Wednesday 24th February.

In addition the Doctoral College Reading Room on the first floor provides 11 bookable silent study spaces and 19 drop-in study spaces for Postgraduate Research Students and University staff.

Booked study spaces are available for anyone to use when vacant but spaces must be given up for anyone who has them booked.

Can I study in my Live and Learn/Household bubble? 

Group Study Rooms are available for students on exempted courses and can be booked online with the rest of the Library available for individual silent study only. 

Are there PCs and printers in the Library? 

There are 37 PCs, of these 17 can be booked up to a day in advance.

There are also 5 PCs in the Doctoral College Reading Room.

In addition the 21 PCs in the IT Training Room 1 on the ground floor are also available for drop-in use when not used for teaching.

Printers including colour printers are available.

Can I borrow a laptop from the Library? 

Laptops are available for students to borrow and use whilst on campus. They may be borrowed for up to 8 hours or up to 30 minutes before the Library closes, whichever is sooner.

Flexible loan laptop are available for use both on and off campus which may be borrowed for up to 4 weeks (28 days). 

You may request a laptop by emailing library@le.ac.uk to check availability, reserve and arrange a time for collection. Unfortunately, we are unable to post these laptops out.

Can I return my books? 

All loans will continue to renew automatically, unless recalled for another user and there continues to be no fines during this period.

Books should be returned via the drop-box at the front of the Library.

If you are unable to come onto campus to return your books we accept book returns by post. The Library’s postal address is David Wilson Library, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH.

If you are a registered distance learner student we have a separate returns process for you and we will send out your return labels to you.

Can I still place holds on physical items? 

Yes, the print copy, when available, will be made available for you to collect from the collection point in the Digital Reading Room.

Is there a click and collect service? 

The Click and Collect service is available for all University of Leicester staff and students with items available, when ready, from the collection point in the Digital Reading Room. You can place requests via Library Search on the Library homepage.

Is there a postal loan service? 

All University of Leicester staff and students may place postal loan requests for print books held in the David Wilson Library and will be supplied with postal labels for their return. You can place requests via Library Search on the Library homepage.

Can I still make inter-library loan requests? 

Continue to place your requests and we will try to fulfil them electronically where we can obtain them.

Can I access the University Archive and Special Collections? 

Access to the Archives and Special Collections is by appointment only for academic staff and postgraduate researchers, please email library@le.ac.uk.

Can I visit and use other university libraries for my studies/research? 

Please check the visiting university’s website for details of their access arrangements. The national SCONUL Access scheme is currently suspended.

Can members of the public or students from other Universities and Colleges use the Library? 

Sorry there is no access, memberships or renewal of membership for non-University of Leicester staff or students, including students from other universities or institutions at this time.