BT1.20.8, New College Library, Oxford
“We are pleased to have adapted our book borrowing service to enable New College members to select and to borrow the physical library resources they need from New College Library.”

During COVID-19 restrictions, we provide book borrowing for current New College students and academics via two complementary services:

‘Browse & Borrow’ and ‘Click & Collect’.

‘Browse & Borrow’ — providing direct access to our collections

Our ‘Browse & Borrow’ service provides current New College students and staff with direct access to browse and choose books from our shelves, within an environment we have adapted in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.

 

 

When is the ‘Browse & Borrow’ service available?

  • Direct access to collections, where you browse and select books from the shelves, will be provided for readers 10 am till 12.30 pm, Mondays to Fridays (with last admission to the Library building at 12.20 pm).

 

How does the service operate?

  • Readers should queue to enter the Library, if required, from the New Buildings’ side.  Please use the hand-sanitiser dispenser available outside the Library before entering the building.
  • Depending upon the weather, you may find the front doors to the Library kept open for ‘Browse & Borrow’ to minimise surface contact.  (An appropriate fire door mechanism is installed.)  Please ensure you tap your Bod card against the silver Library reader at the entrance before coming into the Library.
  • In the entrance hall, a member of Library staff at the service point (shielded with Perspex screens) will manage footfall in the building to control occupancy levels.
  • Readers will wear a face covering while in the Library.  We encourage and remind all readers to sanitise or wash their hands regularly (gloves will also be available for readers in the entrance hall).
  • A one-way system is in operation within the Library.  Please follow the route through the Library marked out by the directional arrows, and ensure you maintain a two-metre distance from other readers moving through or stationary within the Library.
  • Readers may browse the shelves and select the books (CDs, DVDs, music scores) they wish to borrow.  They should issue these to themselves using the borrowing machine in the entrance hall, prior to exiting the Library.

 

What help is available?

  • If you require assistance, please ask a member of Library staff at the service point in the entrance hall of the Library.

 

‘Click & Collect’ — for staff-retrieval access to our collections

Our ‘Click & Collect’ service provides current New College students and staff with easy access to books they have requested in advance (which Library staff retrieve for them from our shelves) to be collected from an environment we have adapted in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.  This service will complement our ‘Browse & Borrow’ service.  It enables readers — who are unavailable during the mornings to come and borrow books themselves from the shelves, or who do not need to browse the bookstock — to have the opportunity to collect books, at certain times throughout the day, which have been fetched for them in advance by Library staff.

 

 

When is the ‘Click & Collect’ service available?

Staff-mediated access to collections, when readers will be able to collect from the Library and borrow items they have requested in advance, will be provided for readers 10 am till 12.30 pm and 1 pm till 3 pm, Mondays to Fridays.

 

How does the service operate?

  • Readers may place requests 24/7 for New College Library books via the catalogue, SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online).  Most of the unborrowed lending bookstock held in New College Library will be available for ‘Click & Collect’.  The service is available to current New College Library students and staff.
  • Readers must ‘sign in’ to SOLO, using their SSO (Single Sign-On) in order to access the ‘Click & Collect’ function within SOLO.
  • Search SOLO to locate the item you wish to borrow.  You will need to select New College Library from the list of Locations to see whether the item is available for ‘Click & Collect’ from New College Library.
  • Click on the green ‘Request’ button to initiate your request. Note this button will not appear if you are not signed in to SOLO or the chosen item is not available for borrowing.
  • The Library will aim to ensure that any requests placed for New College Library items are available for readers to pick up from New College Library the next working day.  This means that ‘Click & Collect’ requests placed on Friday or at the weekend will normally be available to be collected on Monday.
  • ‘Click & Collect’ books should be collected from the trolleys in the entrance hall of the Library, where items will be sorted in bundles, organised by the first three letters of your surname and the last four digits from your Bod card.
  • Pick up your pre-ordered books (CDs, DVDs, music scores) and use the borrowing machine in the entrance hall to check them out to yourself.

 

What help is available?

If you require help, you can email library@new.ox.ac.uk, or please ask a member of Library staff at the staffed service point in the entrance hall of the Library.

 

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