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Children in the Library

If you bring your child into the Library or the URS Building  you must accompany them at all times and you are responsible for their safety and behaviour. Library staff are not authorised or insured to look after any children brought onto Library premises. Children under 12 years of age are only allowed on the Ground Floor of the URS Building and not beyond.

The Library rules (PDF) are extended to cover any child for whom an adult is responsible. A printed copy is available from the Reception Desk. If these guidelines are breached in any way, you may be asked to leave the Library.

Please note that during the summer University Examinations period, from the end of March until mid-June, access for non-University members is restricted to 9-5, Monday to Friday. Study spaces may not be used when visiting as these are required by our own students revising for their exams. Access outside these hours is only possible on production of a Campus Card or Library Card.

The following access guidelines apply for the rest of the year.

Children under school age (under 5)

If you are accompanied by a child under the age of 5 you are welcome to the use the services available on the Ground Floor of Library and URS Buildings. Please note that there are very limited study facilities on the Ground Floors.

If you are accompanied by a child under 5 you can:

  • renew or return books (Library)
  • collect holds (URS Building)
  • borrow and return Course Collection items (URS Building)
  • ask for advice at the Information Desk (URS Building)
  • check the Library catalogues (URS and Library Buildings).

Children of school age (5-16 years)

Children of school age (5–16) are allowed on Library premises, with the exception of the IT areas on the Ground Floor of the URS Building. Children under 12 years are only allowed on the Ground Floor of the URS Building and not beyond. They must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times and must not disturb other Library users.

Children aged 16–18

Children aged 16-18 are permitted on Library premises (excepting the IT areas on the Ground Floor of the URS Building), but must either be accompanied by a responsible adult or be attending an appointment with a member of staff. Visits by school groups are not possible whilst the Library is operating from two buildings.

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