Reintroducing Library Services

Update 27/07/2021

As part of our ongoing programme to return to our full range of services at our libraries, we are pleased to announce that from Tue 27 July you will no longer need to book to study or browse in the Albert Sloman Library.

This will mean that:

  • You can visit as often as you need to, and stay as long as you like (see our current opening hours to plan your visit)
  • You can sit and browse on any of the floors, and move freely between floors. We ask that for the time being you continue to socially distance and to sit at the desks/PCs that are marked for safe study.
  • You can access the upper floors to study and browse on Sundays as well as Monday to Friday.

Instead of booking, we will ask you to do a quick check-in on arrival, so that we have the information required for NHS test & trace purposes.

The Library Reading Room will now be open on Sundays until midnight, as well as Monday-Friday.

We’re also asking that you continue to wear face coverings in all Library spaces.

All available spaces in the Library are currently for individual quiet study.

We will be continuing with our scan & deliver service as a permanent addition to our range of services.

Update 06/07/2021

Please be aware that from 19th July we will reset to our normal loan periods for new borrowing, as follows:

  • Colchester Student Collection (Floor 1) changed from 12 week loan back to 7 day loans
  • Loughton Loan period will remain 2 weeks going forward (increased from 1 week)

We are currently planning to reintroduce fines and recalls from the start of the next academic year (October 2021).

Update 21/06/2021

We are pleased to announce that the remaining floors (3-5) of the Albert Sloman Library will be open for bookable browsing and study spaces from Monday 28th June.

The hours of operation will be Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

Our Click & Collect service will continue to run for the next few weeks whilst essential maintenance work is carried out on our lift.

All floors can be accessed via the stairs or via the paternoster whilst the lift is out of action.

Update 13/05/2021

We are pleased to announce that we plan to re-open Floors 1 and 2 of the Albert Sloman Library, from Monday 17th May.

This is part of our overall plan for returning to our full range of services, and also partly in response to student feedback around the subject of being able to browse again. We also know this is an important time of the year for our students, as we continue through the exam season. We hope that by providing access to these floors, the library can provide an improved environment for learning and revision.

Once re-opened the hours of operation will be Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm. Study spaces will need to be booked in advance or upon arrival (you may not enter the library until the booking has been completed). Face masks must be worn at all times whilst in attendance, unless exempt.

Our Click & Collect service remains available for those who wish to use it, as well as for books on Floors 3-5.


As the University has moved from Advanced Protection to Enhanced, the Library is adjusting services to align with this level of restriction. We look forward to updating you on these changes over the coming weeks, and will add new items to this post as we are able to safely reintroduce services. At the moment, we are delighted to be reopening the Postgraduate Study Room in the Albert Sloman Library (Colchester Campus) from next week, 4 May!

Postgraduate study room

Study spaces in the Postgraduate Study Room will be available for bookings via the Library website from 10am to 5.30pm Monday – Friday, and from 12 to 7.30pm on Sundays. Access to the Postgraduate Room and the Library Reading Room during these times will be through the main entrance to the Albert Sloman Library. You can still book spaces in the Reading Room until midnight Monday – Friday, and after 6pm, entrance will be through the “overnight” door (at the end of the Library concourse).

We’d like to thank all our students and academics for keeping the Library spaces safe throughout all the challenges of the past year. We are confident that as services are reintroduced, we’ll be able to continue working together to keep each other safe as we adjust to a “new normal.”

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