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Coronavirus and the Library

If you're unable to visit the Library

Changes for the January lockdown

The UK Government has announced a period of national lockdown for England, to last until at least February half term. We have reviewed the government guidance for university libraries and have updated this page with confirmed information.

Frequently Asked Questions for those unable to visit the library buildings on Campus West

If you're unable to visit the Library

Click on an FAQ to reveal the answer.

What are my options for obtaining print materials without visiting the library?

For those items where an ebook isn't available, the Book Takeaway Service allows you to choose postal loans, and you can also return books to us by post. If you just need one chapter or article, Scan and Send is another potential option.

Are you still purchasing ebooks now the library has reopened?

Yes. For any books we're asked to buy, we'll always try to purchase the ebook to provide the widest possible access. We'll only buy print books if an ebook isn't available (or if someone has a particular need for print).

Do the e-resources work from off campus?

Yes. The vast majority of our ebooks, ejournals, and databases, are available anywhere in the world. The important thing is to follow links to them from YorSearch or our Subject Guides, or the e-Resources Guide. This ensures you're indentified as a student at this University, and get the access you're entitled to.


Do you have any advice on studying online?

We have created a Studying Online Skills Guide to provide some guidance and tips for working online: 

Can I get support online?

Yes, you don't need to visit the library buildings to get help and support. We can talk to you via Chat and email about general queries: our contact details are here: You can also book a one-to-one appointment with your Academic Liaison Librarian to happen over Zoom or Google Meet, or just a phone call if you'd prefer. Find your Liaison Librarian by Department, here:

Can I return books in the mail?

Yes. If you live in the UK you are welcome to return your books in the post free of charge using our Royal Mail Tracked Returns service. This is a 48-hour tracked service. If you live outside the UK we can refund the cost of your postage. More info on both those scenarios here.

Are the SCONUL Access scheme and British Library at Boston Spa minibus still available?

No, both these schemes are currently suspended and we don't yet have information as to when they'll restart.

Contact us

We're updating these FAQs on a regular basis, so be sure to check here for the latest updates.

If you have a question but it isn't listed here, please contact us for further advice:

Our most recent update video from December is below: