COVID Safe Guidance

Library staff are here to help Newnham students wherever you may be working

  • Our library enquiry desk is open Monday – Friday 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm. Email for help with finding, accessing or requesting online or print resources.  
  • Our Click and Collect service is available for members of Newnham College. Just email with details of up to 5 books you want to borrow and their classmarks. Allow at least one working day for us to process your request and, subject to availability, we’ll find the books, issue them to your account, and make an appointment for you to collect them.

 Please do not come to the Library if….

  • You are self-isolating or you have symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19.
  • You are a new student or senior member who has not yet had an online induction. Please email if this applies to you. 
  • You are not a current member of Newnham College and you do not have a reader’s appointment. 


  • We will be opening windows to maximise ventilation and air flow. This, combined with our 100% fresh air intake in the air handling system may make the library a bit chilly on occasion, so do bring a jumper if you think you might need one! 

Face coverings

  • COVID-19 spreads through the air by droplets and aerosols that are exhaled from the nose and mouth of an infected person. Wearing face coverings is advised in crowded and enclosed spaces. Please respect others who decide to wear a face covering.

Food and drink

  • Please do not bring in or consume any food in the Library. Drinks in securely-lidded containers are permitted. 

Hand sanitising

  • Please ensure that hands are washed before, after, and regularly during your visit to the Library, and when handling books. Sanitisation stations are available throughout the Library.


  • Library users are encouraged to clean shared surfaces and equipment before and after use using the wipes provided.   
  • Do not leave anything in the Library when you leave. Please take away with you any tissues or drinks containers and all your personal belongings.  

Personal items

  • Please only bring items you need for your immediate study to the Library. In order to maximise availability of space for users, do not leave any possessions in the Library if you leave for more than an hour. If you are leaving for less than an hour (e.g. to take a short break) use the ‘I’m taking a break’ slip and come back within an hour! 

Browsing and borrowing books

If you are browsing at the shelves, please do one of the following with any books you have handled: 

  • borrow them using the self-issue terminals or a manual loans slip, or; 
  • leave them on the side of the desk with a dated reservation slip if you want to come back and read them another day, or; 
  • return them through the book drop in the lobby if you don’t want them. Library staff will re-shelve them later.

In the library lobby and entrance area, if you want to borrow books, please use the self-issue terminals (wiping the equipment before and after use). Alternatively, record your loans on a manual loans slip and post it in the manual loans box for staff to process later. 

Post any books you want to return in the book drops in the Library lobby. 

If you would like to send us feedback about the Library or if you have any questions, please email  

Thank you for helping us keep the Library safe!