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Northampton Square Library

Northampton Square Library 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.


Books can be borrowed and returned at our self-service counter on level 2. In addition, we have self-service machines located on levels 4 and 5, in close proximity to the main book collection.

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 levels 2 and 3 with additional computers in the silent study labs on levels 4 and 6.

Photocopying and printing

Multi-Function Devices for photocopying, printing and scanning are located on levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the library within easy reach of stock.

All students have a unified account for printing and photocopying. This can be topped up online.

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


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 City's 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 contact for accessibility support

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

Emergency evacuation

There are Refuge Points outside either end of the Library floors. Users requiring mobility assistance 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 safe exit from the building.


Northampton Square Library is situated on Level 2 of University Building. Users requiring step free access should use the lift in the Pavilion, behind the Main Entrance.The Library extends to five levels which are accessible via an internal lift. Accessible toilets are situated on Level 2 (male) and Level 3 (female) 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.

Hearing loop

A portable hearing loop is available: please ask if you require staff to use it when serving you.