We are very happy to be able to announce that the New Library will be ready for opening on Monday 8 March.
We are looking forward to providing you with bookable study space in a wonderful and inspiring new environment. This is a partial opening, with the numbers of study spaces limited to 50 to reduce the risk of Covid-19 spread. We are confident with the precautionary measures that are in place that the New Library will be a comfortable and safe place to study.
We hope that this represents only the first phase in reopening and in the lead up to Easter term we will review any new College and government guidance to determine if we can also open up more study spaces, browsing slots, and some weekend and evening opening.
From Monday 8th March the New Library at Magdalene College will be open to current students and fellows for the following services:
- Bookable study space in New Library
- Request and Collect
- Book returns
- Scanning Chapters and delivering via e-mail
- New Book purchasing and delivery by the supplier to the student within the UK (where possible)
- Online Support
Bookable Study Space
The New Library will be open for bookable study spaces from the 8 March. In order to meet social distancing guidelines and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, we are currently restricted to 50 study spaces.
3 hour morning and afternoon study space slots can be booked in the New Library, 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.
Further instruction about how to book a study space, where the desks are located and the library rules can be found on the New Library Induction page.
All study spaces have been set up to meet COVID-19 safety guidance, more information on how we are keeping users and staff safe can be found on the Induction page.
If you are resident in College you can request books to borrow by submitting a the Request and Collect form.
Requested books will be issued to your account and usually made available for you to collect after 48 hours. You can collect items from the College package room, next door to the Porters Lodge.
If you and your household are in isolation it will not be possible to collect books yourself. If you are in isolation and a member of your household is not, then they can be authorised to collect a book on your behalf and deliver it safely to your door (whilst observing all isolation rules).
If you are in isolation please do not ask anyone to return books on your behalf, please wait until you have come out of isolation and return them to the Plodge dropbox. If the book is a short loan, or you are concerned about not being able to return it, please contact the Library team to let us know and we will extend the loan period.
As books will auto-renew you will not need to return your loans until you are resident in College again.
If you are currently resident in College and you wish to return a College Library item then please put them in the returns box in the Porters Lodge (next to the printer) or in the dropbox in the New Library building entrance. If you are returning books to the New Library building entrance and you have not booked a study slot please avoid doing so at the start of study sessions (9:30am and 1:30pm) and do not enter the main Library.
We hope that this term most of the books and resources you will need to access will be online. If you are unsure if an item is available online, or are having problems accessing anything then please contact us and we will check the availability and support you in getting access. There are very good summaries of online resources available on the University Library webpage.
Scanning Service – Books and Articles
The University Library is offering a scanning service for books that are not available online, please do use this service if there are chapters of books that you otherwise cannot access. Information on this service is available the Scan & Deliver webpage.
Please email email@example.com or ring +44 (0) 1223 332125 if you need help finding resources for your studies or would like any other library or reading-related advice.
We would also like to encourage you to make book recommendations, whether for books we currently don’t hold, new editions or second copies of key texts. This can be done by via our book recommendation form.