Six simple steps to stay safe in our libraries


The safety of our staff and the university community is our priority. Please help us keep you safe by following these six simple steps when using our libraries.

From Friday 22 January, anyone failing to follow the mandatory safety measures will be asked to leave the library and will be unable to book, or use, study space for seven days. Failure to follow the safety measures will be considered a breach of the Code of Discipline for Students.

1. Wear your face covering 

Face coverings must be worn at all times inside our libraries, including when using study space. 

Ensure your face covering has a good fit. Avoid touching and adjusting the covering, where possible.

Please do not eat in the library. Drinks can be consumed but please replace your mask immediately.

Exceptions may apply, such as to those with personal health requirements and hidden conditions such as anxiety. We ask that those with exemptions display a sunflower lanyard or exemption card, if possible, to help us minimise unnecessary compliance checks.

2. Keep your distance 

Study space in our libraries is for individual use only.  Please do not move any furniture, join a friend at their desk or gather in groups of any size inside the library. 

To keep others safe and avoid crowding, please keep two metres distance from others inside the library, even from people within your bubble or household.

Not sure what two metres looks like? It's about the length of two shopping trolleys or 36 copies of War and Peace.

3. Wash your hands

Please observe good hand hygiene whilst in the library.  

Use the hand sanitiser at the entrance and wash your hands regularly and thoroughly (for twenty seconds) whilst in the library. You will find hand washing facilities and hand sanitiser stations throughout the library.

Books used inside the library will not be quarantined because we are relying on those using our libraries to maintain good hand hygiene when handling any of our books and journals. You may browse but try not to touch books on the shelves unless you are sure you want to borrow them.

4. Clean surfaces 

Use the cleaning supplies provided to wipe down surfaces and equipment, before and after use, including desks, shelves, footstools, mice and keyboards.

Do not share equipment and stationery - including pens and pencils - with other staff and students. 

5. Follow signage 

Signs and instructions are in place in our libraries to keep you - and those around you – safe.  

This includes one-way systems, limited occupation areas, closed work stations and facilities, and designated passing places.

Please go directly to the service or resource you need in our libraries e.g. study space, printers or the shelves.

6. Follow isolation and reporting advice

Please do not visit campus and our libraries if you feel unwell, have symptoms of coronavirus or have been asked to self-isolate. Find out more.

Visit our website for details of how to access library resources whilst isolating.

Posted on Thursday 15th October 2020

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Nottingham, NG7 2NR

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