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Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures

The library will open 7 days a week on a pre-booked basis from the start of 0th week, Monday 5th October.  There will be significantly fewer seats: 7 in the Stally and 37 in the entire Greenland Library i.e. Smith Reading Room (Cloisters), Collaborative Study Space, History Library and Del Favero Reading Room (Main). Reader spaces have been marked by a reading rest and library users must sit ONLY in the designated spaces. The library is a space for quiet study. Low level conversation or group work is only allowed in the Collaborative Study Space; currently a maximum of 3 people may use this space at any time.

The booking system will be live the week commencing 28th September.  https://it.brasenose.org/bookings/ Slots will be bookable up to a week in advance. You will be able to book a slot for a specific area of the library but not a specific seat.

Special arrangements for books being returned after the long vacation - landing drop off point

Many of you will be returning books that were borrowed back in March or were sent to you over the past 6 months.  Please aim to return these books as soon as possible after you arrive back in college to avoid the possibility of too many people in a small area at the same time! The books should be left on the library landing on the first floor. There will be a notice indicating this. Please make sure that you include any books that were ordered and sent directly to your home address; it would be helpful if you identify such books with your name and when they were sent to you.

General Library social distancing, hygiene and behaviour

  • Face coverings must be worn (unless you are exempt)
  • Social distancing must be observed
  • Use should be made of hand sanitizer and wipes around work areas and machines
  • Reader spaces should be left clean and tidy. Don’t leave any rubbish behind or any personal items.
  • Food and drink, except water in a closed vessel, are not allowed until further notice
  • If you are feeling unwell and/or are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 you must not enter the library
  • Library lockers may still be used and will be cleaned before being issued to another user
  • Any library equipment such as a stapler or hole punch should be wiped down after use. (You are encouraged to bring your own)
  • Anyone found flouting general college hygiene rules in the library will be asked to leave
  • The library is for quiet study only. Conversations and phone calls should take place outside the library
  • Headphones should be set to a level that does not disturb other library users
  • The spiral staircase should be used for ascent only
  • The glass door to Cloisters is for entry only (except in special circumstances). The middle door should be used when leaving.

Click and collect

Available items can now be reserved on SOLO. We will also accept requests via email (please include your Bod card number).  library@bnc.ox.ac.uk or liz.kay@bnc.ox.ac.uk or lianne.smith@bnc.ox.ac.uk  You must book a slot for collection of these books (using the library booking system https://it.brasenose.org/bookings/) unless you are able to pick them up when you are in the library to take up  a pre-booked reader-space.

Remember that books reserved on SOLO rather than via email will not be gathered until the morning after the reservation has been made. Reservations made on SOLO on Friday or Saturday will not be available for collection until the following Monday. If you require a book urgently it may be better to get in touch with us directly.