Support for students during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Library will re-open for bookable individual study spaces in the West Library only from Thursday 25th February. The Burn Law Library will remain closed. Law students are welcome to study in the Main Library as outlined below, and books can be brought over by Library staff for use, including law items that are classified as ‘Confined’.  Special Collections also remains closed. This policy will be reviewed throughout Hilary Term. We will continue to offer Email & Post, Book Ordering and Scanning services to all students working remotely. We hope to be able to reopen all our study spaces soon, subject to local restrictions and Government guidelines.

We will continue to support you as you study, teach and research.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need something! 

Library staff are on site weekdays to organise Click and Collect, book requests, scanning and postal services. 

We will respond to demand for services in line with Government, University and College guidance and so planned services may unfortunately need to change at short notice. 

 

CORE SERVICES (MONDAY-FRIDAY)

 

If you are currently in Oxford and can come to the Library, the following services are available:

Booking a study space in the West Library 

Opening hours will be from 9:00am-12:30pm and 1:30-5:00pm Monday to Friday. You can book one slot per day. Sessions can be booked up to a week in advance. Bookings for the whole of the following week become available on Fridays.

Due to cancellations, last minute spaces can be become available daily.

This service is only available to current Christ Church students in residence in College or living in Oxford.  You must book a seat in advance if you wish to study in the West Library during Hilary term. Upon arrival please have your Bodleian card to the ready to present it to the library staff. We will allocate you a seat. This is to ensure adequate social distancing and the safest study environment possible for all readers while onsite. These seats are clearly numbered. Please remain at your booked seat during your study session.

If you do not have a booking you will most likely be turned away. To cancel a time slot please email library@chch.ox.ac.uk with your booking confirmation email that includes the reservation reference number.

Click the button to reserve a date and time.

Book a Seat button

When visiting the Library 

In line with University and College policy, please wear a face mask at all times (unless exempt), maintain 2m distancing, and follow the indicated routes.

Please do not browse the shelves or remove any items. Books required for study should be requested via the Click and Collect service on SOLO and will be available to collect from the Library Entrance Hall.  

No personal belongings should be left in the Library at any time.

Please make sure you obey social distancing rules and any signs in the communal areas of the Library such as lavatories.

Please wipe down your desk when you leave, dispose of any rubbish, and leave the Library adhering to the one-way route marked out in the building.

Anyone quarantining or self-isolating should not use the Library. Please email library@chch.ox.ac.uk if you need books delivering to your College on-site accommodation rooms. Please provide us with the shelfmark of the titles needed, building name and room number where these should be delivered.

Returning books

Books can be returned to the College Library Monday to Friday anytime during our opening hours (9.00-12.30pm and 1.30-5.00pm).

Please drop these off on the Book Returns trolleys found in the entrance hall of the Library main building.

When returning items, please adhere to social distancing guidelines. In line with government and University guidance, you are expected to wear a face covering when collecting items from our Click and Collect collection point. Please sanitise your hands on entry to the Library building.

Click and Collect

Readers who are in Oxford should continue to make use of the Click and Collect Service via SOLO. Books can be collected from the Click and Collect collection point in the entrance hall of the Library main building, Monday to Friday anytime during our opening hours (9.00-12.30pm and 1.30-5.00pm).  

Books requested are placed in pigeon holes arranged alphabetically by your surname initial e.g. John Smith – ‘S’ pigeon hole.

Please aim to collect within two working days, by 12pm. E.g. If you are notified on Monday that your request is ready, please collect by 12pm on Wednesday. 

When collecting items, please adhere to social distancing guidelines.  In line with government and University guidance, you are expected to wear a face covering at all times when collecting items from our Click and Collect collection point.  Please sanitise your hands on entry to the Library building.

Please do not come to the Library unless you have received an email from us.

If you live on-site in College accommodations and experiencing any symptoms associated with coronavirus, please do not come to the Library to collect your items, but contact us and we will arrange delivery. Please provide details of the college building and room you are located in when emailing us.

Borrowing limits remain at 20/40 for undergraduates/postgraduates.  If you need more, please contact us.

All loans will be due for renewal or return on 12th March 2021 (Friday of 8th Week).

If you wish to borrow a reference only item, please ask library staff and we will try to accommodate your request, or provide scans.

If all the copies of the book you need are already on loan, and an e-book is not available on SOLO please tell us and we will do our best to order in additional copies. 

If another library you would normally use is closed and you can’t get access to books there, please send on titles and we’ll order as many as we can. 

Scan and Deliver

If you require additional resources, the following services may be provided if feasible (and where staffing permits):

Up to 1 chapter/ 1 article or 5% of a book (whichever is greater) can be scanned by staff and supplied by email. 

This service is for individual research use only. You may not share, distribute, or post it elsewhere online. We ask that you agree to our ‘Copyright declaration’ before we proceed with your scan request.

If a particular chapter(s) of a title on your course is in high demand let us know in advance and we will try and provide the cohort with a shareable link.

Printing services

Please use the printer located on the ground level of staircase Peck 9.

 

If you are currently in Oxford and cannot come to the Library, or if you did not return to College due to the latest government restrictions, the following services are available:

Returning books

If you are self-isolating or quarantining, please do not return any books until after you have completed your isolation period. Please make staff aware you have been in isolation when you return any books to the Library.

You do not need to return books to the Library if you have not returned to College due to government restrictions.

 Email and Post

If not currently in Oxford do not use the Click and Collect service. Please submit an Email and Post request and staff will arrange to have items sent to UK home addresses.

If a copy of the book you need is available as an e-book on SOLO, we encourage you to use the online edition. If you encounter issues with the e-book we can post books to UK addresses.

Non-UK addresses will also be considered on a case by case basis.  Very large/heavy or valuable books may have to be exempted from this.

Scan and Deliver

Up to 1 chapter/ 1 article or 5% of a book (whichever is greater) can be scanned by staff and supplied by email.

This service is for individual research use only. You may not share, distribute, or post it elsewhere online. We ask that you agree to our ‘Copyright declaration before we proceed with your scan request.

  

Existing Loans:

All existing loans will be renewed until Friday 8th Week (12th March).  These batch changes need to be made by the Bodleian so may not show on your account for a few days. If you receive or have received an overdue notice for items from before the vacation, please contact the library to organise renewals.

 

Postal Returns 

College members who are not in Oxford and cannot return their loans to the library can now post these to us. Once you have put the books in the mail write to library@chch.ox.ac.uk to notify us. Attach to the correspondence an image of the receipt together with the proof of postage.

The Library will arrange for the postal cost to be reimbursed to you. The sum will be credited to your Trinity Term battles bill.

 

Ebooks and eresources

You can check what ebooks, ejournals and databases are already available online using SOLO (sign in to get more search results). Resources with a green ‘Online access’ button allow remote access.

Many academic publishers are offering temporary free access to ebook collections and databases. A list can be found on the Bodleian Libraries’ Covid-19 ebooks guide.

If you can’t find an ebook you need, please email rachel.pilgrim@chch.ox.ac.uk and we will look into purchasing access for you if possible.

 

Contacting the Library

To request any of these services please contact library@chch.ox.ac.uk or call 01865 276169 and provide as much detail as possible about the service you require.