Libraries update - Browsing is back!
From Monday 19 July all UAL libraries are re-introducing browsing in our collections. We know that students and staff have missed the chance to spend time in the shelves chancing upon that inspirational book. Up until now the rules about quarantining items that have been handled has prevented us doing this but as evidence shows that the risks of transmission from handling is very low we are now able to allow everyone the opportunity of that serendipitous find!
We will still keep our click and collect service – now called click and borrow. This is to communicate a small change where you must use self-issue to borrow the items collected instead of library staff pre-issuing them. You can reserve items on the Library catalogue as usual.
As rules relax and HE guidance changes there will be some other changes to library services. We are currently maintaining the bookings system for study spaces and browsing appointments, but when social distancing is removed from UAL policy then we will be able to provide a mixed model of open access study with some bookable spaces. This is based on student feedback and is primarily to allow people to plan their time and reserve special types of space that might be in demand, such as height adjustable tables and group study rooms.