Library services during COVID-19

Is the David Wilson Library Building open?

The David Wilson Library building is open to our University students and staff for individual study, for live and learn bubble study within the group study rooms and for access to our collections.  To remain COVID-19 secure occupancy is monitored and entry may be restricted at busy times. 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.

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.

When is the David Wilson Library Open?

The opening hours are Monday to Friday 9.00am to 7.00pm, Saturday 9am to 5.00pm and Sunday 12noon to 6pm. 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.

How do I get help with using the Library? 

The Library’s email enquiry service is available and you can book 1-2-1 virtual support sessions with a librarian, research consultant or an academic skills advisor. During the library’s opening hours library staff are available at the desk or on the phone +44 (0)116 252 2043.

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.

In addition the Doctoral College Reading Room on the first floor provides 14 bookable silent study spaces and 19 drop-in study spaces for Postgraduate Research Students and University staff.

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

If you would like to study together in your live and learn bubbles please use one of the 18 Group Study Rooms. These can be booked up to a day in advance.

Are there PCs and printers in the Library? 

There are 37 PCs, of these 21 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? 

There are 40 laptops 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. To borrow a laptop ask at the Library Service Desk.

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 academic staff, postgraduate research and postgraduate taught students with items available, when ready, from the collection point in the Digital Reading Room.

Is there still a postal loan service for registered distance learners? 

Registered distance learners can place postal loan requests for print books held in the David Wilson Library and will be supplied with postal labels for their return.

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

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.