Answered By: Felicity Gittins
Last Updated: Sep 18, 2020     Views: 7

Welcome to BCU and your Library and Learning Resources service

To ensure our spaces are Covid-19 secure, our libraries will look and work, a little differently this year.

Visiting the library to study and browse

To use the library facilities safely on campus you must first book a space, and confirm your booking. Spaces are booked for 3 hour time slots. Visit the library homepage to access the booking system. 

  • Curzon Library (City Centre) and Mary Seacole Library (City South) are open for booked slots from 8am-10pm Monday-Friday with closed intervals scheduled for cleaning throughout each day. 
  • Margaret St (School of Art) and St Pauls Square (School of Jewellery) currently remain closed for safety and well-being reasons. 

Help and Support

  • Help is available day and night on our 24/7 Live Chat service. Chat to us through the library homepage.
  • Subject expert librarians are available to help you find library resources to support your studies. You can book an appointment online.


Digital Library Resources

The library has a wide range of digital books, journals, and media, all accessible from internet enabled devices, on or off campus, 24/7. You will need your BCU sign in credentials.

  • Take advantage of the full range of e-resources, specially selected for your course via our Subject Guide
  • Reading Lists Online bring together the resources you should be reading for your modules. 

Borrowing Library Resources

The Library Click and Collect service provides access to books without requiring library access. 

  • The Library Click and Collect service will provide access to books which are both out on loan and available on the shelf at Curzon, Mary Seacole, School of Art and St Paul’s libraries. *Although the School of Art and the School of Jewellery libraries remain closed, items from these sites can be requested through the Click & Collect service.
  • You can reserve up to 20 library items via the online library catalogue. 
  • When the item(s) is ready to collect you will receive an automated email which includes the Click & Collect booking link.  You can then book a slot to collect your items. 
  • You will need to bring your BCU ID card to the collection point at either Curzon B (CZ022) or Seacole (adjacent to the library entrance), where the items will be pre-issued to your library account and library staff will have them ready for you. 

Auto Renewals: Items you borrow will renew automatically unless someone else has reserved them. We will send notifications to your BCU email account to let you know which have been renewed and which ones you need to return because another user is waiting. (Items excluded from this include Inter-Library Loans obtained from other libraries and Vocal and Orchestral Sets).

Library Charges: We are not currently charging fines on library items, however in the future, post Covid we reserve the right to re-introduce library fines on in-demand items required by another user. 

Returning books: Return boxes are located outside of library spaces at Curzon and Mary Seacole Library. All students irrespective of their teaching site can utilise these. Book return boxes will also be available at School of Art and St Paul’s reception desks. 

Students who have a booked library space at Curzon or Mary Seacole Libraries, can return items using our self-service kiosks during their visit.


Help us to help you 

To keep our students and staff safe in our Libraries we are following University Covid 19 Secure policies. Please adhere to the social distancing instructions, traffic flows, notices, guidance and respect other users at all times. 

  • Face coverings must be worn when moving around all BCU buildings including Libraries and in teaching rooms where 2m social distancing cannot be achieved.
  • Food is not allowed in library spaces. Drinks are still allowed in sealed containers. This is to ensure that a high standard of hygiene can be maintained by cleaning staff throughout the day.

Rules and regulations along with behaviour and usage policies can be accessed here 


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Got a question?

Chat with one of our librarians during staffed hours, or one of our partner librarians from around the world outside of staffed hours. The service is available 24/7!