Hallward Library

Hallward Library

Welcome to Hallward Library on University Park - supporting the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Library updates  |  Opening times  |  Visiting  |  What's available?  |  Books  |  Access  |  Help

News and updates

Bank holiday opening hours - Monday 27 May

There will be some changes to library opening hours for the upcoming bank holiday (Monday 27 May).
21 May 2024

Access to resources on Level 4

Several shelf stacks on Level 4 of Hallward Library are currently inaccessible due to maintenance work, this includes books between the shelf stacks 10 - 13 covering, classmarks BX891.L8 to DH769.H6.
29 April 2024

Libraries Refuel Drop-in

Starting Monday 29 April we'll be hosting weekly Libraries Refuel Drop-in sessions where you can enjoy a free hot drink and cookie whilst studying alongside other students.
25 April 2024

Contact the Library Helpline via phone, email or Live Chat. Library status

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Opening times

Last entry to the library is 15 minutes before the advertised library closing time. Library closing procedures are announced by tannoy.

The library is a large building to clear and close, and some areas and equipment will be unavailable earlier than the closing time.

Term time opening hours

DayLibrary and help desk
Monday - Friday

8am - 9.45pm

Monday 27 May: 9am - 5pm

Saturday 9am - 9.45pm
Sunday 9.30am - 9.45pm

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Visiting the library


Hallward Library
Library Road
University Park

Library essentials

  • Bring your University Card or Library Card for entrance. What if I forget my card?
  • Hot food should be eaten in the cafe area of the library only.
  • Please don't leave your belongings unattended, keep them with you at all times.

Take a look inside

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What's available in the library?

Facilities and study space


  • Book returns box - outside the entrance available 24/7
  • Click and Collect - request items on NUsearch for collection from the library's reservations shelf
  • Headphones -  available to borrow for up to three hours. Please ask Library staff.
  • Help desk - staff are available to help with any queries
  • Kitchenette and microwaves - located in the cafe area on level 2
  • Laptop loans - for up to three hours use within the library
  • NUsearch PC - search the library catalogue
  • Print, copy and scan - print from any university PC or use mobile print
  • Self-service machines - borrow and return books, pay fines using a credit/debit card
  • Short stay PC - available for use for up to 15 minutes at a time
  • Study space - including individual, silent, accessible and group study space
  • Water fountains
  • Screening Room - Bookable through Resource Booker
  • Wellbeing notice board - useful information about university support services

See Access information for details of lifts, accessible toilets and more.

The nearest Prayer rooms can be found in the Portland Building. Visit the Chaplaincy website for more information.


Nearby cafes:

  • Hallward Library Cafe
  • Portland Building
  • Starbucks pop-up (Monica Partridge building)

Drinks and cold food can be brought into our libraries. Hot food is not allowed in our libraries.

Cafe locations and opening times


Study space

Drop-in study spaces are available throughout the library.

You can also book spaces up to seven days in advance with Click and Study:

  • Study space - individual space with or without PC access
  • Silent study space - individual space in a silent area
  • Study room (for 1 person) - with PC access
  • Calm space - height adjustable desks suitable for students who prefer a less distracting study environment
  • Group study room (for 4 or 14 people) - large screen, PC and power
  • Height adjustable desks

All study spaces are drop-in online after 9pm.

Enhanced Library Support spaces

Students eligible for Enhanced Library Support can book dedicated study spaces in Hallward Library:

  • Enhanced Library Support rooms
  • Assistive Technology rooms

Booking Enhanced Library Support spaces


Books and locations

Hallward Library is home to subject resources for the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences.

Not sure where to start? Take a look at our subject guides to discover the key resources for your subject area including books, journals, databases and more.

How to find books and periodicals

Our libraries use the Library of Congress classification system.

You can find the classmark for your item on the library discover tool, NUsearch.

Discover our collections



You will need your University Card or Library Card for access to the library. Visitor access

Find information about visiting the library on AccessAble


  • Door access via level front door
  • The library has four floors, a lift is available
  • Accessible unisex WC's
  • Low level service point
  • Parking for blue badge holders is available in front of the library
  • Deaf Alerter system installed
  • Hearing Loop situated at reception desk, exit desk and enquiries desk

Access plans

Access plans showing emergency exits and refuges:


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Help and support

Contact Library staff

  • Library staff (wearing blue lanyards) will be happy to answer any questions about our libraries.
  • Email Hallward Library at
  • For general library queries, please contact the Library Helpline by email, phone or live chat.

Too noisy?

If you are finding it difficult to study because of noise disruption, please let Library staff know.

You can also contact the library on WhatsApp at 07766 993543.

Health and wellbeing

A Healthy U wellbeing notice board is available in the library. This includes information about support services at the university.

Report and supportGuide to wellbeing support at the university (PDF)


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