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Library News


Routine maintenance to Library systems

On Wednesday 21 October, we will be performing routine maintenance on Discover, which will mean the service will be unavailable between approximately 1pm and 4pm. Access to e-resources will still be available through the A-Z database and the Library catalogue. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience

(20 Oct 2020)

Library Reservations and Recalls

Reservations and recalls will be reinstated as of Monday 12 October 2020. For details, please visit our Using the Library guide.

Fines will not be reinstated until November - more details will be available in the coming weeks.

(8 Oct 2020)

Launch of new Space Bookings system

We are pleased to announce that, as part of the roll-out of a new University space booking system, bookings to visit the Library during 2020-2021 will be managed online. 

The new booking system, called Space Bookings, allows you to book for the following services: 

  • Browse and Borrow at Bill Bryson Library 

  • Stay and Study at Bill Bryson Library 

  • Disability Support Room at Bill Bryson Library 

  • Stay and Study at Teaching and Learning Centre - individual and household bookings  

All students and academic staff are required to book a timeslot.

This system will be rolled out to other parts of the University in the coming months. 

Additional study spaces 

In addition to the Library, study spaces can be booked at the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC), just across the road from the Bill Bryson Library as of 5 October. Here, you can book individual study spaces or household study spaces. Household spaces are a more social way to study. Groups of two to six people can be accommodated, in a variety of seating styles. Students will be allocated to a college household group. Information on ‘households’ can be found on the University website. 

Extending our opening hours 

We will be expanding our Library opening hours from 5 October 2020, allowing us to offer more bookable timeslots for our services, with weekend opening commencing 10 October. This is part of our phased re-opening, and you will see further increases in our opening hours during this term. 

(25 Sep 2020) » More about Launch of new Space Bookings system

Update on Leazes Road Library

To reflect some of the changes we’re having to make around use of study facilities and in agreement with the Department of Education, Leazes Road Library is being re-purposed as a drop-in study space facility for Durham University Students.  

Books held there have been moved to our Remote Store, with a weekly retrieval service running throughout the academic year. More heavily used items will be held at Bill Bryson Library. 

We also have a wide range of online resources available, which have been developed further over the last few monthsThe majority of essential reading for modules should be available electronically - we recommend you search for these resources using Discover in the first instance for ease of access. 

If you have any queries, please contact our Virtual Enquiry Desk. 

(3 Sep 2020) » More about Update on Leazes Road Library