School group visits
School visits are arranged through our Step Into University Libraries: Visits for Local Schools service. This offers the opportunity for school or college students to visit a Higher Education library and use our large collection of print resources for their research.
The University of Nottingham has eight libraries across five campuses, up to three of which can be visited on a single date. Owing to location, James Cameron-Gifford Library on Sutton Bonington Campus cannot practically be included as part of a multi-site visit and so must be visited separately.
Arranging your visit
School visits can be arranged outside university exam periods. Months available are: late November to late December, early February to early May, and late June to early September.
We need at least three weeks’ notice for groups of fewer than 20 people and two months’ notice for groups of over 20.
All groups must be accompanied by leaders who will adhere to their responsibilities as detailed in Section 4 of the University’s Guidance on the Safeguarding of Children and Adults at Risk.
Complete this form to arrange a visit
For more information, please email LibrarySchoolVisits@nottingham.ac.uk
There is also an online version of the school visits session, which covers understanding different types of information, planning and searching for information, critically evaluating information and managing information.
This resource is open for all schools to use and distribute to students to support independent learning:
Information Literacy Tool For Schools
Preparation for your visit
Before you visit the University of Nottingham Libraries please read our Risk Assessment which details health and safety information for young people visiting our libraries. [PLEASE NOTE: The Risk Assessment link is not currently working. While this issue is being resolved, we will send a copy of the school visits risk assessment with booking confirmations].
Due to covid-19 restrictions, library tours will be limited to groups of 6 people. For groups larger than 6, multiple tours can be arranged. Students and staff will be expected to have tested for COVID-19 prior to arrival at the University of Nottingham and are encouraged to wear face coverings within the library.
For further information about UoN libraries visit our website, and NUsearch, our library catalogue.
Our website has general visitor information, including directions, maps and parking details.