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Library Guides

Guide to Library and Archive Services During COVID-19: Book a Space

Book a seat in one of our socially distanced study spaces

During the autumn term, a small number of socially distanced study spaces will be available in our libraries at Harrow, Marylebone and Cavendish campuses for priority booking by students who cannot study effectively at home. 

Please note that spaces will not be available at Regent Library, and you cannot study at Harrow, Marylebone or Cavendish libraries without a booking. 

Who can access them?

You can access these spaces if you:

  • have no internet access at home 
  • have no suitable space to study at home 
  • need to access specialist software that is not available through the University’s online learning apps

There is also a small allocation of spaces for students who need a space on campus for wellbeing and accessibility reasons. 

How to book

You can book a space for a single time slot of 11am–7pm Monday to Friday. Please be aware when booking, that: 

  • spaces are available on a first come, first served basis
  • bookings will be available two weeks in advance
  • these spaces have been created to respond to student need and can only be used for study-related purposes
  • You can book a maximum of two spaces per week across all three sites.

To book a space, visit our Library booking page. 

On the day of your booking

When you’ve booked, you’ll be sent a confirmation email. You’ll need to present this confirmation email to be allowed into the building, and you may be asked to present it again in the study area to confirm that you have permission to be onsite.

You'll also need to: 

  • check into your booked space by QR code and check out when you leave
  • clean your booked space as you arrive and before you leave. Wipes and bins will be available

Unfortunately, you won't be able to browse the shelves and take out books. If you'd like to loan print material, please check out our guide to borrowing books. We're running the click and collect book service separately to space bookings.

Being safe, feeling safe

Do not come to the University if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been told to self-isolate. If you develop symptoms, go home immediately and self-isolate, and report this to the University at

While on campus, please follow our guidelines:

  • Maintain two-metre social distancing
  • Wear a face covering at all times when in the University’s buildings, unless you are exempt
  • Follow one-way systems and directional signage when moving around the buildings
  • Avoid gathering in groups of more than six as this is unlawful (please note that this applies socially, but not for educational purposes)
  • Keep moving in circulation areas
  • Use hand sanitiser regularly
  • Regularly wash your hands

For all the latest updates on how we are responding to the COVID-19 situation, see our Coronavirus response page