Library Services


Our campus libraries are closed, but the Library continues to provide access to our full range of online resources: e-books, e-journals and databases.

A “Reserve and collect” service for books will be available from that date.

Library staff have also prepared a curated list of additional e-resources being made available by publishers & suppliers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Access these from the Library website, or via the Portal.


Library Sessions

Booking of and delivery of Library sessions using Collaborate and creation of bespoke support materials in Blackboard

Contact your Subject Librarians to arrange online Library sessions, this can include finding good quality articles for assignments, literature reviews, systematic reviews and much more.

Support materials in the form of power-point, Panopto videos, quizzes are readily available on the Subject Guides and can also be created for individual modules.

Reading lists

The Library will continue to maintain the database of reading lists which provide active links to catalogue entries for books and journals as wells a full-text sources such as databases, book chapters, scanned items and useful websites. Academic staff who wish to submit a reading list should send it directly to their Subject Librarian.

Ordering books and other resources

Academic staff can continue to order books and other resources as usual.

If you want to suggest a book or other resource we should add to the Library collection, use the Stock Purchase Request form (for books) or contact your subject librarian directly

Validation / Re-validation of classes

Your subject librarian will still be happy to discuss any potential library issues or concerns and discuss how to embed information skills into the curriculum.


The Library continues to provide e-books, e-journals and databases.  Library staff have also prepared a curated list of additional e-resources being made available by publishers & suppliers during the COVID-19 crisis.

If you are referencing material, use RefWorks. Regular online workshops are available, as well as a useful RefWorks guide

Library Scanning Service: Guidance for Academic staff

The Library's scanning service for copyright material  (eg. book chapters or journal articles) will continue to be provided to the best of our ability. There may be some constraints due the availability of relevant services from the British Library, but we are working as a priority to make sure we can use this service to the most beneficial effect for students at this time.

Unfortunately, we no longer have ready access to our own print collections, so material will be limited to what can be supplied in digital format to us.

If you have a scanning request for copyright material, please submit your request to your subject librarian, providing details on the module and student numbers for record keeping purposes. We will check to see whether we can fulfil it.  Either way we will reply to you in a timely manner.  If we are able to process the scanning request, then a weblink to the scan will be made available for mounting on the relevant BBL course area and for adding to your online reading list.

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) have relaxed the terms of their Higher Education Licence to give universities greater scanning options of copyright material during the COVID-19 crisis.  Please check the Library blog post regarding this development for more details.


Further support is available via the Library Help service.

This gateway allows you to browse the answers to FAQs and ask a question of your own.

Library staff can answer general questions about any aspect of the Library service. No book fines are being added during this exceptional period of closure.  If you have any other queries about book loans, please check in here.