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Library Updates

We thought we’d share some updates from the Library team about how they’re working at the moment… Need further info? Click the link at the bottom to get in touch with Library Services. 

Library bookable study space 

In response to feedback from students and departments about the need for greater access during evenings and weekends, sessions for the Library individual study spaces, the assistive technology centre and the computers in the Library will be able to be booked at the following times:

·       Monday - Friday: 8am - 12noon, 1 - 5pm, and 6 - 10pm

·       Saturday and Sunday: 1 - 5pm

Please help the Library to maintain a safe study environment by only using the seat that has been reserved for you, studying individually and wearing a face covering at all times when in the Library, unless you have an exemption.

Students can also book individual study rooms on campus at the following times:

·       Monday - Saturday: 9am - 7pm

Students can book a study space here 

Click and Collect - Supporting students to access physical items

Due to safety measures to protect from Covid-19 you need to reserve any physical items you would like online and then collect them from our collection point on the road side of the Library Building near the bus stops. It is open:

·       Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 11am - 2pm

·       Wednesday: 11am - 7pm

·       Saturday: 2pm - 4.30pm

Students can reserve up to 5 items through Library Search using the 'Place a Hold' function and we’ll aim to have your items ready for you within 2 working days (Monday - Friday).

You can find more information about our Click and Collect service here 

Supporting students who are self -isolating

Where students who are self-isolating can’t visit and use the click and collect service in person The Library can help by holding books that you have reserved until your period of self-isolation is over or by allowing a friend to collect items on your behalf. Students who are struggling to access these books should email for help.

You can also can contact your Subject Librarian who will be happy to suggest alternative materials, where this is appropriate, to support you in your learning.

Supporting students who are working remotely

Goldsmiths students have access to an extensive digital library, including 228 databases, over 40,000 e-books and over 12,000 online journals, available online 24/7.

The Library also run a Live Chat Service Monday – Friday 09:00-18:00 and Saturday and Sunday 13:00-18:00 for any enquiries.

An Academic Support team, made up of Subject Librarians, Study Skills Tutors and the Royal Literary Fellows are also available to help.

Our academic workshops and our support guides can also help you with your studies

Returning items

You can return your Library books to us by:

·       Taking them to the drop box at the front of the Library (Rutherford Building) Monday - Friday: 8am -10pm  and Saturday and Sunday: 1pm - 5pm

·       Taking them to the security team at RHB when the Library drop box is not accessible . You will need to bring the books in a bag that you don’t need back and ring the bell on the front right-hand door of the building to give them to security. We would ask that you observe social distancing if you need to return your books in this way.

·       Posting books to The Library, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

Please be aware that books returned or posted to RHB will remain on your Library account until they are processed. We are currently continuously auto renewing your items, so you will not get fines.

Please see our Library website and guide to accessing online Library Services for more information.