Re-opening our Libraries

The information provided here may change at short notice - please regularly check this page to keep up to date (last updated 21 April)

Our Libraries have now re-opened - To keep everybody safe we have made some changes to how we operate. The most important measure is that you will be expected to book a slot for your visit. This ensures that we can keep you as safe as possible.

Following the advice from the Government, we’re advising all students that are planning to attend University sites for any reason (including teaching sessions or accessing facilities like the library), that you should take two lateral flow tests, three days apart and test negative before you come on site. This is to ensure everyone’s safety and keep the University sites Covid-19 secure. If you are coming to site each week, we also strongly encourage you to book lateral flow tests each week. Whilst there are not any checks taking place, we do strongly encourage you to follow this advice to ensure both yourself and others remain safe

Using the Library

Booking a space at your Library

The Libraries have a fixed capacity so all visits must be booked. There are two types of bookings available:

 Book your visit

Please also note:

Returned books will be quarantined for 72hrs, so items will not be immediately available on the open shelves or to satisfy reservations.

You can borrow up to 15 items and they are issued for one week. Items are now automatically renewed unless they are recalled for another borrower.  If the item is recalled for another borrower you will be notified of the date the book needs to be returned by.  Items returned late will incur a fine of 50p per day late. It is important to keep a regular check on your Library account to ensure nothing is required to be returned. If charges occur; they can be managed in your account or by contacting the Library.

Currently the reservation service is suspended, to support Government and University guidance on limiting travel to and from campus. Contact the Library if you need advice on access to specific resources.

There is a book return bin 'Library Book Vault' available outside the main entrance of the Kedleston Road campus for 24/7 returns access.

Site access is now restricted for external visitors. Please note that SCONUL access is not active nationally until further notice.

When searching the open shelves remember to follow the social distancing guidelines, maintaining 2 metre space between users.

If an item is removed from the shelves and not borrowed it will have to be quarantined. Leave any discarded items on the trollies provided near the open shelves.

When looking for specific items on the open shelves, searching the catalogue is only possible from personal devices. Browse individual journal titles through e-journals finder, or BrowZine and search across journal articles with Library Plus.

There is currently no access to print newspapers or journals; but there is a wide range of e-journals available.

We have added hand sanitising points in every Library.  In addition, before using any PC workstation sanitise the equipment with the cleaning materials provided nearby. At the end of your study time, once again sanitise the equipment.

  • The printers and copiers are available for use, use the cleaner provided to sanitise before and after use.
  • Before using the self-service units, use the hand sanitiser provided. In addition, staff will ensure the units are cleaned regularly.

Please see our Opening Hours.

There are no extended periods of opening or 24/7 for this Academic year.


Which resources are available remotely?

There is a wealth of e-resources available; books, journals and databases.  Please use Library Plus to access the wide range of our resources.

Subject, Skills and Research Guides are all available to support learning of information literacy, research skills and academic skills.The guides contain step-by-step guides, videos, activities and links to relevant resources. 

There is a programme of online workshops and drop-ins to support your learning. 

Need more help?

Please check 'Library Help' to see if we've answered your query.  Contact the Library using Live Chat (wait for the green box to pop up at the bottom of the screen) or by emailing Follow @DerbyUniLibrary on social media to keep updated with Library news. 

What to expect

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