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Durham University

University Library

Bill Bryson Library

Library 24/7

Epiphany term: Monday 12 February until Monday 19 March 2018

Easter term: Monday 16 April until Friday 1 June 2018

During these periods, the Bill Bryson Library will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Service levels

During phase 2 of Library 24/7, staffed service hours will operate from Monday to Thursday 08:30 and 23:30, Friday 08:3021.30, Saturday 09:0021:30, and Sunday 09:0023:30. All Library services are available during these hours.

Help & Information desk services will also operate at these times, so please consider that Laptops and Study Room keys will only be available to borrow during staffed service hours and not 24/7.

Self-service hours will operate overnight around the staffed service times. Overnight, the Library will be manned by security staff who are unable to answer circulation queries or check patron records. For further details on Library security during the 24/7 opening period, click here.

Returning items: The Bill Bryson Library has a manual returns system. Overnight during self-service hours, books will not automatically clear from your record as security staff are unable to check books in. Books returned overnight will be backdated when full service or evening and weekend service hours resume.

The Short Loan collection will be available throughout the 24/7 period at the Bill Bryson Library and will adhere to normal term-time borrowing rules. See our page on Short Loan items for more details.

Reserved items will be available for collection at all times from the yellow shelves in the Short Loan section. For further information on reserving items, click here.

Document delivery items will be available for collection during staffed hours as in the table above. The return times for confined document delivery items is also shown. For further information, see our document delivery pages.

Plan your revision.

We hope that the Library 24/7 opening hours will have a positive impact on students in the lead up to exams in the final term. It is important to remember to use your time wisely, pace yourself, and plan assignments and exam revision effectively to make your studies more enjoyable. Your health and wellbeing is a top priority!


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