Library and study space
The Sir William Leech Library has an excellent stock of around 27,000 books, which includes a particularly fine theology collection. The library occupies the first and second floors of our purpose-built Learning Resource Centre (LRC), which can be found next to the college chapel. Library users will need to swipe their campus card to gain access to the LRC. There are CCTV cameras and a book security system in operation.
Students and staff of St John’s College are entitled to use the library study space and borrow books. Due to precautions related to COVID-19, the option to join the library as a paid subscription member is currently suspended.
Using the Library
From Monday 11th January 2021, the library will be open 9-5pm everyday for booked visits only.
Face coverings must be worn at all times in the library, including while seated at a desk (unless you are exempt).
Library staff will usually be in the library 9am-12.30pm on weekdays, apart from Wednesdays when staff will be in 1.30-5pm. Email support is generally available 9am-4.30pm on weekdays.
Please watch our library video tour for an overview of how library services are currently working.
(Amendment to video: all library access is now bookable, including printer use)
The following services are available:
Searching for books
The library catalogue is fully searchable online. Select St John’s College from the drop-down menu to limit your search results to our library.
Click and Collect
If you know what book you need, please search the catalogue to check that it is available and then place a request using our click and collect form. Requested books will be loaned to your account and left in named bags in the LRC lobby for collection. Please leave 2 full working days before coming to collect your books. For reassurance, you can also login to your library account and check that the book has been loaned to you before travelling to collect it.
Browse and Borrow
If you want to visit the library in person, please book a browse and borrow slot. This will enable you to browse the shelves, select books and borrow them on the self-issue machine.
Support with Finding Online Resources
Online resources such as ebooks and journal articles are available via the Bill Bryson Library website by searching Discover.
Melissa and Laura are also happy to offer support via email or zoom. Please email email@example.com if we can help.
Please place returned books in the library postbox in the LRC lobby.
If you are already in the library for another reason, you can also place returned books in the box next to the self-issue machine.
There will be a delay in returned books being removed from your account as they must be quarantined before processing.
There are 7 computers available to book for 2 hour sessions. Please make sure you book your session before visiting to use a computer. Computers are locacted on the lower floor of the main library area.
Please make sure you sit at the specific computer allocated during your booking.
During your computer session you are also able to browse the library and borrow books on the self-issue machine.
Printer and photocopier use
The printer is in the room marked study space on the lower floor of the library. All library access is now bookable, so if you need to use the printer please book a 'browse and borrow' session. If you are wanting to print from a library computer, you will need to book a computer session.
9 bookable, 2 metre spaced study desks with power are available on the upper floor of the library. Please book a 2 hour study session if you want to make sure you can study in the library.
Please make sure you sit at the specific desk allocated during your booking.
There is no free access study space available, all study spaces need to be booked.
Safety precautions during the COVID-19 period
We ask that library users:
Do not enter the library when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Use hand sanitizer provided, wear a face covering (unless you are exempt) and keep 2 metres away from other people.
Wipe down desks, computers, the printer and the self-issue machine before and after use with the antibacterial wipes provided.
Place books used in the library but not borrowed into the quarantine boxes.
Only attend the library for a booked session.
Pay attention to any safety notices displayed in the library.
Further help and information
Watch our video tour of the library so you know what to expect if you visit.
Check our Library FAQs for the answers to more general library questions.
Read our Library Handbook for more information on our policies and procedures.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries or feedback.
Call 0191 3343891 during staffed hours to speak to Melissa or Laura.
St John's College
3 South Bailey
T: 0191 334 3891