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Northampton Square Library

The main University Library at Northampton Square provides printed resources, study spaces, networked PCs and wireless internet access across five floors.

Study spaces

The library offers a range of innovative study spaces for students wishing to study individually or work collaboratively with colleagues.   

Our study floors are clearly identified as either Group Study or Silent Study areas.  Please familiarise yourself with the Information Services Code of Conduct and the local guidelines displayed around the study floors.

Levels 2 and 3 are intended for group study.  Silent study areas are to be found on levels 4, 5 and 6.  Additional study places were installed on level 6 in summer 2014 with the floor area given a fresh look.


Books can be borrowed and returned at our self-service counter on level 2.  This floor also houses our 24 hour loan collection in a dedicated space adjacent to the main service desk. In addition, we have self-service machines located on levels 4 and 5, in close proximity to the main book collection.

A machine to add credit to your print and photocopying account is located on level 2.

Assistance with library access and registration is offered at the Service Desk on level 2 during staffed hours.  Our staff will also be happy to assist if you need to collect a reserved item, pick up an inter-library loan or store request or pay a library fine.


There are over 100 networked computers in the library. Approximately 50 are located on level 2 and 3 with additional computers in the silent study labs on level 4 and level 6.

Don't forget you can find computers elsewhere on campus too.  Check availability here.

Photocopying and printing

Photocopiers are located on levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the library within easy reach of stock.

Printers are located on levels 2, 3 and in the silent study lab on level 4.

All students have a unified account for printing and photocopying.   This can be topped up on self-service kiosks or at your Library Service Desk.

Kiosks are located on level 2 of the Library and in the IT Service Centre (room E101, Drysdale Building).  The kiosks accept cash and card payments.

Visitors should ask the Library Service Desk to obtain a photocopy pass.


If you are a library user who would like to make use of any of the services identified in this guide you should first contact Disability Services or the Dyslexia Support team who will make a referral and provide us with an initial assessment of your requirements. Your local library site representative will then be able to put the necessary arrangements in place for you.

A range of assistive technology and equipment is provided at the University Library. More details can be found on our Assistive Software page.

There is further information about support, software and equipment for users with disabilities or learning differences on our pages about Library Services for Additional Needs.

Site representative

The site representative for accessibility issues at the University Library is Jessica Wykes, phone: +44 (0)20 7040 3104, e-mail:

Emergency evacuation

There is a designated Refuge Point at the Main Entrance end of the Library next to the lift. Users with mobility difficulties should familiarise themselves with these locations and, in the event of an emergency, they should wait at one of these points.  Library staff will alert Security staff who will ensure the safe exit of any such users from the building.


Users with mobility difficulties may access the University Library via the lifts situated in the Student Union building.  To make arrangements to activate your University ID card to access this lift, please contact the Disability Office. The Library extends to five levels which are accessible via an internal lift.  Wheelchair accessible toilets are situated on level 2 (men) and level 3 (women) of the Library.

Low level enquiry points

Service points have been designed with low level areas to facilitate access for wheelchair users. Low level catalogue terminals are available on the desks near the Library entrance on level 2 and near the Helpdesk on level 5.

Library guides and leaflets in alternative formats

All leaflets can be supplied in electronic format, in large print format or on different coloured paper. Please ask at your local site and allow up to one week for production.   


All students have a unified printing and photocopying account. This can be topped up using the payment kiosks or at the library service desk. You can pay using cash or your credit or debit card.  Retain your receipt to assist with reclaiming costs incurred where appropriate.

If you require assistance using the photocopiers, please contact staff at the library service desk.

Hearing loop

A portable hearing loop is available at the University Library.  Please ask if you require staff to use it when serving you.