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 unable to offer library induction tours in person this term, 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.
Booking a Study Space
Study spaces are available for current Magdalene students in the New Library, there are 50 study spaces across all floors of the New Library available for each bookable session.
3 hour morning and afternoon study space slots can be booked, Monday to Friday, via the Magdalene booking form on MagNET. The slots are:
- 9:30am – 12:30pm
- 1:30pm – 4:30pm
- Study space slots can be booked one week in advance.
- Specific desks cannot be booked.
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.
Please scan the ‘track and trace’ QR code using the NHS app on arrival in the New Library building entrance.
Staff will be available on the front desk at the start of study slots, but users 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 using the Library you are expected to follow the library rules and covid protocols.
- The Library is a quiet space
- Switch mobile phones off
- No food
- No non-covered drinks
- Don’t remove books without borrowing. (Check your books on the self-issue machine if the gate alarm goes off).
In line with College and Government guidelines, you are legally required to wear a face covering at all times in an indoor setting. This applies to our library study spaces too.
Your face covering should cover your nose and mouth; only remove it when drinking.
Please use hand gel on arrival and use hand washing facilities on Ground and First floor toilets.
Please maintain 2 metre social distance throughout the Library.
Designated Study Spaces
Spaces are for individual study only, please only sit in designated spaces without 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, 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.
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. It is currently restricted to one person at a time.
There is a disabled toilet on all floors. The second floor disabled toilet will remain locked until Easter term.
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 the ground floor and the second floor. During this initial opening the second floor toilets will remain locked.
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 is available for those who have booked study spaces. 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.
There are currently no networked Computers or printing facilities in the Library.