Library services during COVID-19

The David Wilson Library building is open to all current University of Leicester students and staff. Our reception and enquiry desk is staffed throughout our opening hours, alongside our online enquiry services or email enquiry service library@le.ac.uk.

When visiting the library you must bring your university ID card to gain access.

Following the Government announcement on the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in England and in line with the University’s response. From Monday 19 July 2021 the following changes will gradually be introduced:

  • Spaces on the second and third floors currently closed will be re-opened.
  • Social distancing restrictions will be removed on individual study spaces on the main floors.

Occupancy limits in the Group Study rooms remain in place.

With staff and student safety in mind the following mitigations will be in place:

  • Sanitation stations will be available throughout the building.
  • The wearing of face coverings is strongly encouraged, particularly in crowded spaces, throughout the building, unless exempt.
  • New signage around safety recommendations will be displayed throughout the building.

In line with the Government’s approach, the emphasis will be for us all as individuals to take responsibility for our health and safety and that of the wider community. The David Wilson Library is a shared space so please be respectful considerate of others.

The University recommends that you continue to:

  • Book your COVID-19 vaccinations – all adults in England (including international students) can now do so.
  • Have lateral flow tests, twice a week. You can pick home-testing kits up from the reception desks of the Fielding Johnson Building, George Davies Centre and Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Sciences Building (RKCSB), Monday to Friday, from 8.00am-6.00pm. They are also widely available from local pharmacies and can be ordered online from the NHS.
  • Wash your hands regularly.

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.

Our Academic Skills Centre, research services, librarians and archives and special collections teams will continue providing support remotely and will be re-introducing face-to-face services in the coming weeks. See contact details for these teams. 

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 support sessions with a librarian, research consultant or an academic skills advisor.

What study spaces are available in the Library? 

Current maximum occupancy of the Library is 500, this will be revised in the coming weeks as occupancy limits for the Library are reviewed. There are 92 individual study spaces, which 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 11 bookable silent 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.

Are group study areas available? 

Group Study Rooms are available for students and can be booked online. As areas re-open around the Library spaces for group work will become available.

Are there PCs and printers in the Library? 

Currently 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. From September the numbers pf PCs will increase in the Library.

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 laptops 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.

Books may be returned at the self-service machines within the Library or via the drop-box at the front of the Library. Over the summer students can also drop library books off at the John Foster and Nixon Court receptions. 

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 or remote 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 Express Zone.

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 Express Zone. You can place requests via Library Search on the Library homepage. From 2 August 2021 this service will only be available for books that are currently on loan. 

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. From 2 August 2021 this service will only be available to distance learners, part-time research postgraduates and those classed as remote learners only.

Can I request chapters or articles?

All University of Leicester staff and students may request a chapter of a book or an article from a journal. You can place requests via Library Search on the Library homepage. From 2 August 2021 this service will only be available to distance learners, part-time research postgraduates and those classed as remote learners only.

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, 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.