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Library Essentials - get started with using the library

A guide for students

Library Essentials

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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

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The Library is open from 8am-11pm Monday-Friday and 9am-9pm at weekends until 2nd October 2022 when we will revert back to 24hr opening. Library staff are available from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. All other times are monitored by the security team and the Library is entirely self-service only.



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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.

Getting started

Code of Conduct

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No food is permitted in the Library.

Drinks (in lidded containers) are allowed.

Mobile phones: you can use the silent functions only, please do not make or receive calls in 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.