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COVID-19 and Newman University Library Services: COVID-19 and Newman University Library Services

COVID-19 and Newman University Library - information about changes to our usual services

COVID-19 and Newman University Library Services

Easing of National Restrictions from 17 May 2021

Newman University Library is open if you have a pre-booked appointment for:

  • Click and Visit – browse the shelves, issue and return books, print (using your own device), use the photocopier, borrow a laptop, ask us a question
  • Click and Study – book an individual study space to work at (automatically includes Click and Visit to allow you to use facilities within the library)

Additional safety rules in the Library have not changed, despite the easing of restrictions the government has allowed elsewhere. If you'd like to visit the library:

  • You MUST wear a face covering at all times (unless exempt) whilst you are in the Library for a Click & Visit or a Click & Study booking
  • You MUST NOT work with anyone else in the Library: all Click & Study bookings are for individual study spaces, even if you are from the same household or social bubble

If you only want to return your library books, we have a secure box outside the Library where you can return them without having to book an appointment to enter the library.

If you are not a student or member of staff of Newman University, please see our Visitors and Alumni pages for information about our current services for visitors and external members.

Please DO NOT enter the Library without a booking - this is important for compliance with official rules and will help to keep everyone safe and on track for further easing of restrictions along the Government roadmap.


Contacts and Help

We want to let you know that we're still working hard to help and support you - so please ask us for help when you need it!

If you need help, you can firstly try searching our FAQs on Just Ask and if you don't find an answer, you can:

Changes to Library services

From September 2020, we moved to revised policies for the new academic year to build in flexibility for the current uncertain times.

What is the current situation?

Loan length

We have now returned to our normal loan periods.


We have withdrawn the option to place reservations for items that are on loan to other people. We will keep this under review as government advice to Universities about campus services is updated.


Laptops are available in the Library: students can borrow them to use on campus for 4 hours.

Book returns box

We now have a secure box outside the Library where you can return your books without an appointment. If you want to return the books yourself in the Library using the self-service kiosks, you need to make a Click and Visit booking.

What is new?

Automatic renewal of loans

Shortly before your loans are due to be returned, we’ll try and automatically renew them for you – to save you having to remember to do it! We’ll then send you an email to let you know what items have or haven’t been renewed. If someone has reserved an item you’ve got on loan, we won’t be able to renew it and you’ll need to return it to the library on or before the existing due date.


We will now only charge fines for loans that we couldn’t renew automatically, usually because someone has reserved them. These will become overdue if you don’t return them. Because these books have been reserved, we’ve also increased our fine rates on overdue items.

You can find more details of all these changes on our Borrowing Information webpage.


Sadly, we have had to stop processing SCONUL Access applications as the SCONUL Access scheme is currently suspended nationally.

What library resources can I use from home?

  • E-books – search the library catalogue using the ‘Newman Catalogue’ drop-down option. On the search results page, limit your search to just e-books by clicking on ‘Internet’ under the Library Location section on the search results page. This short video tutorial shows you how to search for ebooks
  • E-journals - you can search and access them using the ‘ejournals’ drop-down option on the library catalogue or explore individual databases and journal collections through the Online Library.
  • You will need to logon using OpenAthens to access e-resources – visit our OpenAthens webpage to find out more, or to watch a short video tutorial which shows you how to do this.
  • Our referencing page is your complete guide to referencing, which explains everything you need to know to correctly reference in-text and create your bibliography, including examples of most source types.

We're available online, by email or by phone to help you:

  • with referencing queries or advice about finding and using library resources
  • with individual advice or support from an Academic Service Librarian: contact our ASLs on Library Chat, or email them at, or book a 1:1 Zoom meeting
  • search our thousands of e-books, millions of online journal articles and all our other e-resources
  • if you’re having problems or not sure how to access our e-resources
  • answer questions about your loans, fines, renewals and anything else you need to know…

We're still working behind the scenes to:

  • buy new books and make them available to you as quickly as possible
  • source scans for your lecturers to add to Moodle
  • check that you can access our e-resources
  • make inter-library loan requests for items we don’t own
  • answer your questions about inter-library loans you currently have on loan
  • accept eligible research outputs for deposit from staff researchers
  • answer staff researcher queries about depositing research in the repository at
  • let you know if e-resources or Library systems aren’t working and work with our suppliers to get them back up and running as soon as we can
  • post regular updates on the Newman Library Facebook and Newman Library Twitter accounts about the resources, services and support that we have put in place for you

For the most up to date COVID-19 related changes, check our COVID-19 webpage.

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