New Library Induction
The College Library provides you with a place to study, access to resources across all subjects and support from knowledgeable Library staff. We are currently unable to offer in-person library induction tours, so before booking a study space in the New Library you are expected to read the information on this page to enable you to understand the rules, use the library safely and get the most from the service.
Access to the New Library is strictly for current Magdalene students, fellows and staff. Please do not let non-Magdalene members into the Library.
24 hour Study Space
From Monday 19th July study spaces are available for current Magdalene students and fellows in the New Library 24 hours a day.
As a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19 all study spaces are socially distanced; they are all spaced at least 1+ metres distance from each other. There are 60 study spaces across all floors of the New Library.
The New Library is currently open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Please note that this is subject to occasional closure due to maintenance works over the Summer period and is constantly reviewed in the context of COVID-19 safety.
Browsing and Borrowing
From Monday 19th July all current Magdalene members can access the Library to browse and borrow books, DVDS and other materials. A self-service machine for borrowing and returning books is available on the Ground Floor. A dedicated iDiscover catalogue terminal is available on the First Floor.
Before arriving for the first time please update your card by scanning it on the card reader outside the Porters’ Lodge or your card will not get you into the building.
Access is via a university card reader on the external door and on the internal Library entrance door. Access within the building is currently restricted to the Library only.
If you cannot get in please use the intercom to contact the Library Office or go back and check your card at the Porters Lodge.
Please be ready to identify yourself to Library staff on request, if you do not have your Library card please ensure you know your CRSID.
Please scan the ‘track and trace’ QR code using the NHS app on arrival in the New Library building entrance.
Staff will be normally be available on the front desk, but you are not required to be ‘checked in’ by staff on arrival. If you wish to speak to staff, particularly on your first time in the library, please ensure you maintain social distancing while queuing.
A map can be picked up from the map holders in the entrance foyer and throughout the Library, the Library map can also be accessed on the Library Map page.
Library Rules and COVID-19 Protocol
Library rules and COVID-19 safety protocols are in place to provide a safe and welcoming environment that is conducive to study for all users and staff. By accesing the Library you are expected to follow the library rules and covid protocols.
- The Library is a quiet space
- The Library is for current Magdalene members only
- Switch mobile phones off
- No food
- No non-covered drinks (reusable Keep Cups are preferred)
- Don’t remove books without borrowing. (Speak to a member of staff or double check your books on the self-issue machine if the gate alarm goes off).
You are required to wear a face-covering at all times when moving around the New Library. Your face covering should cover your nose and mouth. You may remove your face covering when sat at a study desk.
Please use hand gel on arrival and use hand washing facilities on Ground and First-floor toilets.
Please maintain a 2-metre social distance throughout the Library.
Designated Study Spaces
Spaces are for individual study only, please maintain the 1 + metre distance between desks. Do not sit where there is a ‘Do not use’ sign.
Please respect occupancy limits in the lift and in study rooms.
Open windows and shutters have been allocated to allow adequate ventilation without reducing comfort. Designated ventilation in indicated with a purple sign, please do not close them.
Desks will be wiped down with anti-viral spray by cleaning staff each morning and spray and wipes will be available for users to clean their own workspace before and after study.
Users in breach of the library and covid rules may be dealt with in line with student disciplinary procedures.
If the fire alarm sounds please exit the Library immediately via the nearest Fire Exit. There are two fire escape stairwells to the rear of the building on each side.
There are disabled refuge points at the fire escape stairwells to the rear of the building on the first and second floor.
Fire Muster Point
The fire muster point is on the gravel path in the Fellows Garden beyond the large tree.
Please do not climb on the Library furniture or desks. Kick-stools are available on all floors to help reach the higher shelves. If you cannot find one please ask staff.
Building entrance and Library entrance doors are fully powered and are opened by presenting University cards to the card reader. Exit is are also via non-contact pads.
A lift is available to all floors in the Library. We currently advise that the lift should only hold one person at a time for COVID-19 safety reasons, however if you require someone to assist you in the Lift then please do share the lift.
There is a disabled toilet on all floors.
All disabled toilets have alarms that will sound in the Library and alert the Porters Lodge.
Many of the study spaces have adjustable chairs.
Toilets are available on all floors.
There is a disabled toilet on all floors.
All disabled toilets have alarms that will sound in the Library and alert the Porters Lodge
Toilets will be cleaned every morning, as will study spaces. Zonal cleaning will occur throughout the week and cleaners may still be working in the Library at the start of morning study sessions, please understand this is necessary work to maintain a clean and safe building.
Provision of antiviral spray cleaners and paper blue roll will be made at a number of locations within the study rooms for users to self-clean before use.
Wifi is available throughout the building, some desks also have wired network sockets.
Self-Service borrowing and returning is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Security Gates are also operational.
A Catalogue terminal is available on the first floor.
An overhead scanning terminal is available in the first floor copy room.
A printer/copier/scanner is available in both the First and Second Floor copier rooms. It is possible to print from your own device over the network or use the designated nwteorked computer in the Second Floor copier room.