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Student & Library Services Covid-19 update: Current Library services

Latest information

The Government has confirmed that from 17 May, students on all courses are permitted to return to campus. We are currently following Government & Teesside University safe-study guidance which has been implemented to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Library services are restricted in line with these measures. Please see the University's Important information for students statement.

From 24 May the Library opening hours are extended Monday - Friday till 7pm. Full Library opening hours are detailed on the Library homepage. (Currently there is no access for External or SCONUL Access customers.)

Study spaces are available on a pre-booked basis.

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.

Services available

Services available are detailed below, click on the subject for more information:

  • Enquiries - Check the Library opening hours, email (Mon to Fri 9am - 5pm & Sat/Sun 10am - 4pm) or call us on 01642 335019 (Mon to Fri 9am - 5pm)

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

  • Reserve and Collect service The Reserve and Collect service enables you to reserve up to 5 printed items to collect from the Reserve and Collect desk located on the ground floor of Middlesbrough Campus Library.

  • Postal loans service - The Library also offers a postal loan and returns option for TU Students and Staff. Library books that are available for loan can be posted out to you at your chosen UK address. 

  • Free postal returns - You can return your items to us by post free of charge

  • Learning & skills development support is available remotely including subject guides, one to one tutorials and support for researchers. Check out the Learning Hub which offers guidance on a variety of academic skills

  • 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.

  • Pre bookable study spaces are available 7 days a week - Spaces are for individual study only

  • Virtual study sessions - Mondays 10am - 11am, Wednesdays 2pm - 3pm and  Fridays 10am - 11am

  • Virtual Learning Hub is available to assist with Library and study skills related queries. The enquiry sessions will be available Monday to Friday 5pm - 7pm via Microsoft Teams


Services that will be unavailable until further notice:

  • No browsing book shelves

  • No access to Darlington Campus Library

  • No access for External, Access or SCONUL customers


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


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.

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 


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.

Reserve and Collect service

Browsing the shelves is currently unavailable, but you can return library items and use the Reserve and collect service to request items you would like to borrow, up to a maximum of 5 active reservations. Use the link below for more information.

The Reserve and Collect service enables you to reserve printed items to collect from the Reserve and Collect desk located on the ground floor of Middlesbrough Campus Library. You will need your User name as shown on your TUSC and your PIN.

Please bear with us whilst we aim to satisfy your request as soon as we are able. Items need to be quarantined for 72 hours after being returned to the Library. You must wait for your notification saying your item is ready to collect before you come to the Library.

Please note that items held at Darlington Campus and the Closed Access Store are currently unavailable and are excluded from the  Reserve and Collect Service.

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:


An e-book is an electronic version of a text that can be read online. They are usually searchable and may incorporate features such as audio, video and hyperlinks. You can also add your own annotations and notes to an e-book, see our useful E-books libguide


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

Chapters to you

The Chapters to you service is available and allows you to access print materials from the Library’s shelves that you can’t get online, without having to come on to campus. Place your request, we’ll scan a journal article or book chapter for you and send you a pdf for your own personal use.

  • You can request up to 5 items per week to be scanned
  • We will email the items to your university email address
  • The service is free of charge and open to all students and staff at Teesside University

Use the link below for more information on the service.

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

Contact us - Library

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



  Teesside University Library

Check our opening hours

Telephone 01642 335019 (Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm)

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