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You will find some changes to the services that you may be used to from our libraries and collections, due to the effects of Covid-19. You can visit our Easter Term 2021 guide to view all the services available this term.
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Returning borrowed items to the Library
As we head towards the end of term, please remember to return any borrowed items to us before the end of the academic year. To make it as easy as possible, we have a few options available to you: 
Book drop 
You can simply post your books into our external book return, located to the left of the main entrance to Bill Bryson Library. This means you don't need to access the Library or book a timeslot to return your books. Please follow all safety measures in place, including social distancing and the use of hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes. 
Self-service returns 
If you have booked to visit the Library, you can make use of our self-service returns machines opposite the Help and Information Desk on Level 2. Visit our Returns guide for information on how to use the machines and a helpful video guide. 
Free postal returns 
We are offering a free postal returns service through Royal Mail to all UK-based staff and students, allowing books to be returned to the Library if you are not able to access campus in the current situation. Visit our guide for more information on how to use this service. 
For all returns, please be aware that it may take up to four days for the items to be removed from your Library record to allow for quarantine periods. 
If you have any queries about any of the above options or have books to return and are not currently in the UK, please contact our Virtual Enquiry Desk. 
(9 Jun 2021)
Change to study spaces opening times and availability
After the exam and assessment period, our study spaces and opening times will be revised. 
From 5 June onwards, pre-booked timeslots for our current services will remain available for those currently in Durham at the following sites, with some updated opening times: 
The following study spaces will no longer be available: 
All current health and safety measures remain in place – visit our Services Guide for full details. We will continue to update you with any changes in line with guidance from the University. 
If you have any queries about our services and support, please contact our Virtual Enquiry Desk
(27 May 2021)
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