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University Library

Overnight chat service

We offer an overnight chat service when the library is closed. This operates overnight between 20:00 and 8:00. When the service is online, type your question in the chat box on our home page and contacts page.

What is the overnight chat service?

The chat service allows Library users and visitors to contact us from anywhere and receive real time answers to questions and enquiries. You will see a box that you can type into and see replies. This is the Questionpoint Qwidget. Librarians in other areas of the world will answer you questions based on the information that they have access to about Durham University library.

How do I use chat?

Just click in the text entry box (the bottom white box) and start typing your question. When you have finished typing your question press ENTER. A librarian will answer your enquiry as soon as possible during the hours Questionpoint is online, currently overnight 20:00 - 8:00 UK time.

Who will see my message?

The only person who will see what you type is the librarian dealing with the chat service staff and answering your enquiry. This is currently an overnight service operated by librarians in the USA. They will tell you if they need to pass your information on to anyone else at Durham to help answer your enquiry.

Can I chat at any time?

The current operating hours for this chat service are overnight from 20:00-8:00 UK time.

What do I do when Questionpoint is offline?

You can send us a message via our online enquiries form at any time, which will be responded to during working hours Monday to Friday. Alternatively you can find other ways to get in touch on our contact us page.

Is there anything I can't ask?

Messages are answered by librarians who will be able to answer general questions related DurhamUniveristy libraries. They will pass on any queries to Durahm library staff where appropriate. We will not tolerate offensive, abusive or inappropriate discussions and these will be terminated immediately.

Where can I find out more?

You can visit the Questionpoint website