COVID-19: support for your study and research during the closure period

Although the University Library and Special Collections Service are closed at present, there is a wealth of support and expertise available to help you continue with your study and research during the closure period.

You can find out more about how the University Library can support you and the online services available here. A series of LibGuides, online subject guides compiled by your Library, Study Advice and Maths Support teams, are available to provide information on finding and using information and developing your study skills.



During the COVID-19 situation a number of publishers have been extending access to some or all of their online resources, some for free, for a limited period so take a look at your relevant subject LibGuide to see what is available.  Take a look at the new COVID-19 tab in your subject guide, where your Academic Liaison Librarian has listed resources most relevant to your subject. Academic Liaison Librarians will continue to update the COVID-19 tabs if any further offers are received and processed, so keep checking your subject LibGuide for updates.

If you are a member of staff or a student based at another institution, visit their library website to see what new resources are being made available to support you in your research and studies. If you a researcher who is not affiliated to an academic institution, check the website for your local public library service to find out about online services and resources they provide.

Researchers are welcome to continue to contact the Special Collections Service with enquiries during the closure period and we will do our best to help, although please bear in mind that we cannot take reading room bookings until we have reopened, and will not be able to answer any research enquiries that require access to the physical collection stores.

This time may be an opportunity for you to explore our wide-ranging collections and find out about the facilities we have to offer through the information available on our website. Take a look at some of our Featured Items or past exhibitions to explore some of the highlights of our collections. Browse our A-Z list of collections to find details of the archive, rare book and other special collections materials we hold. You can also keep in touch and be inspired by our interesting finds from the collections by subscribing to this blog and by following us on Twitter through our regular posts throughout the closure period and beyond.

We are planning a series of future blog posts with information on digital resources and other information for students and researchers using Special Collections so watch this space!


Sixteenth-century marginalia from an anthology of epigrams in Greek – one of many special finds that we have shared with our Twitter followers [RESERVE–881.08-ANT]