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Library Essentials - get started with using the library

A guide for students

Library Essentials

Get Started with using the Library

Whether you are a new or returning student, this guide will give you the essential information needed to use St George's Library.

Opening Hours

The Library is open twenty-four hours a day. Library staff are available from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. All other times are monitored by the security team and the Library is self-service only.


The Computer Rooms are currently open:


There are currently 4 computers linked to the NHS network. To book, contact the library helpdesk. NHS staff can also use the university computers.  Ask at the library helpdesk for a university network login (note that NHS staff must wait 24 hours after registering to receive a university login).

Getting started

Code of Conduct


No food is permitted in the Silent Study areas.

Drinks (in lidded containers) and cold foods are allowed in the Library Foyer, Quiet Study area and in Group Discussion Rooms..

Mobile phones: Mobile phones are permitted but calls must be made or taken outside the library.

Please respect others by observing the specific rules displayed in the Quiet and Silent study areas.

Find out more about what's expected of Library users under the Library Rules tab, or by viewing our Code of Conduct on the Library website.

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You need your SGUL ID card to access and exit the Library and Computer Rooms at all times.

If you have forgotten your ID, you will need to sign-out a temporary pass from Security on the ground floor, behind reception. Present this at the helpdesk, along with some ID with your name on, and a member of Library staff will issue you with a day pass for the Library gates.

Users must be able to produce valid ID at the request of Library or Security staff.