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Covid-19 Student & Library Services help and advice: Current Library services

Middlesbrough Campus Library

From 5 November the UK enters a 4-week lockdown period. During this time @TeesUniLib is open for @TeessideUni Staff & Students. To study in the Library you MUST pre-book a study space and wear a face covering.

Middlesbrough Campus Library opening hours are detailed on the Library homepageServices are available for Teesside University Students and Staff only via TUSC. Currently there is no access for External or SCONUL Access customers. See for full details of all services.

Library opening and access to services is planned in line with the University’s approach to keeping you safe on campus, the safety and wellbeing of our University community is our priority 

This plan is subject to change if government guidance is revised. Our priority is to provide a safe and secure environment for Library users and staff.


Campus Community Pledge

We are all being asked to commit to the University Campus Community Pledge, which sets out the behaviours we must all adopt to protect and support each other.


What services are available?

Services available are detailed below and access to the building is via TUSC

  • Reserve & CollectReserve your book online and collect it from us when we tell you it’s ready to pick up, this includes campus store books. To support the revised end of term arrangements we are now extending loan periods over the Christmas vacation, all renewals & new loans from 13.11.20 will now be due after the New Year.

  • Return any books you currently have on loan with us via our self-service machines

  • Bookable study spaces

  • Drop-in and print - Need to print something? Our Touchdown area will be available to drop-in and print documents

  • Enquiries - You can continue to direct enquiries to Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

  • Library resources - We continue to provide online access to our extensive range of electronic books, journals and databases, all available 24/7

  • Chapters to you - allows you to request scans of book chapters or journal articles from print materials that are not available while access to the Library shelves is restricted.

  • Learning Cafe - see


Services that will continue to be unavailable until further notice:

  • No browsing book shelves

  • No access to Darlington Campus Library

  • No access for External, Access or SCONUL customers

  • No access to microfilm material


To help keep us Covid-secure please follow the guidance below.

  • You must wear a face covering in all areas during your visit (unless exempt due to medical reasons)

  • You must maintain social distancing at all times

  • Stay 2 metres apart from others

  • Maintain good hygiene - hand gel dispensers are available across the ground floor

  • Follow one-way routes and use queue markers when necessary

  • Do not gather in large groups

  • Do not visit campus if you are experiencing Covid-19 symptons

  • There are two temperature testing stations for staff and students, open weekdays from 10am to noon in Olympia and 2pm to 4pm in the Student Life Building.


Follow the Library on social media at @TeesUniLib to keep up to date on the latest developments and changes to Library services

We will provide further details about what is happening and when as soon as they can be confirmed.

Postal loans for isolating staff and students

The Library offers a postal loan option for students who are self-isolating or shielding due to Coronavirus.

In order to use the service you must have registered as isolating by contacting

Online resources

To enable easy access to databases, ebooks and journals available to you, please remember to always start your search from the Library homepage at: Although there is no recommended browser we do seem to find fewer issues using Chrome.


Use Discovery to find books, journal articles and conference papers for your assignments and research, you can access Discovery from Library homepage at: and for information about Discovery see


Do you need to know which databases (specialist search engines that search for quality information, such as journals articles) cover your subject area? Check the Subject LibGuides You can access Databases from the link at the top Library homepage at:


Have you heard of PressReader? Students and Staff can access PressReader for free - over 7000 newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries in 60 languages, access from the Library homepage and use the Databases link at the top of the screen, you will find PressReader under P.


Directory of Open Access books and journals - & lists thousands of Open Access peer reviewed books and journals which you can read and download for free

Contact us - Library

For help with a variety of enquiries you can contact the Library by:



  Teesside University Library

Feedback on our services

Urgent help and support for mental health

Printing facilities

Need to print something? Our Touchdown area will be available to drop-in and print documents.  Access is available to A3 and A4 colour and mono printing on the ground floor of the Library. Remember to add your printing credit using the link below.

Final year student returning books

If you are a final year student with books to return please contact for guidance on how you can do this.

Skills support and learning development

Take a look at the Learning Hub for help and support on topics relating to

  • Academic skills
  • Referencing
  • Advanced skills
  • Researching
  • Presentations
  • Writing

The Learning Hub offers lots of different types of resources which you can access independently at a time to support your studies.  These include:

  • Interactive online tutorials
  • Informative guides created by Sway or PowerPoint
  • Videos
  • Bitesize guides
  • Infographics and top tips

Succeed@Tees online workshops

We run virtual workshops to support student learning and assessment. Details will be posted on our Library Life blog and on the Learning hub calendar


Tutorials (via email, Microsoft Teams, and other communication methods depending on access) are still being offered for academic writing, study skills, literature searching and referencing


Why have the Library opening hours been changed?

Why do I have to book a study space in the Library?

I’m having trouble finding books for my assignments

I’m finding it difficult to get started with academic writing and study skills