Covid-19 Library Advice

The Library Building is now closed but you can still access online resources and contact Library Staff by emailing We want to keep you up-to-date on plans and guidance as we respond to the Covid-19 situation. For all University Library based updates please refer to this news item for information and the University's information pages on Covid-19. Link found below...

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is the Library open?

The Library building will, along with the rest of the University Campus, close from 5pm on Friday 20th March. Library Staff will continue to work remotely and will answer all enquiries sent to

How can I access online material?

Use Library Search on the Library Homepage to search and access digital library resources. You will need to use your IT username and password. If you have any problems please email

Access to ebooks, journals and databases for University of Leicester Staff and Students

Many publishers are offering free access to many of their titles and collections for the next 2 to 3 months details can be found here. This list will be updated with any additional resources as they become available.

Please contact to request any ebooks we currently do not provide.

Do I need to return my books?

All loans will continue to renew automatically. You may receive a recall email but this can be ignored. There will be no fines during this period.

If you’ve any questions please email

Can I still place holds on physical items?

Continue to place your requests and we will try to find an electronic version which we will supply to you.

Can I still make inter-library loan requests?

Continue to place your requests and we will try to fulfil them electronically where we can obtain them.

How can I get help from library staff?

Our Enquiry Service remains open at this time. Please email or visit

Can I register to use the library?

We are not accepting new registrations or renewing existing ones from non University of Leicester Staff or Students, including students from other universities wishing to join via SCONUL Access.

Can I visit and use other university libraries for my studies/research?

Please check the visiting university’s website for details of their access arrangements.

Can I visit Archives and Special Collections?

Our Archives and Special Collections is closed from Thursday 19th March 2020. Please direct any enquiries to

You can see the full list of University FAQs here.

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