Visitor access during April and May 2014

Due to the upcoming examination period we have made the difficult decision to close access to visitors during April and May 2014. 

Like most London libraries, we struggle with space and cannot provide as many study spaces as we would like to. During the same period of time last year we had a very high volume of users in the library, which meant that there were not enough designated study spaces for everyone to use. It was not uncommon to find students working in corridors and on the floor whilst waiting for desks to become free. Due to this situation, we have decided to prioritise our limited study spaces for our own students over the examination period.

Crowded Train

Students rush to find study space

Image: State Library of South Australia via flickr

We are therefore not admitting visitors or processing any new membership applications during this time. This includes, but is not limited to, users from other academic institutions, University of London colleges, SCONUL members and Reference users.

We have no future plans to further limit visitor access to the library other than during this short period of time. Goldsmiths Library has a comparatively inclusive access policy on the whole and, for example, does not limit SCONUL user access by band, as well as participating in many reciprocal access schemes with other institutions and this will continue into the foreseeable future.

Visitors who wish to use our Special Collections or Archives during this time can still visit the collections by appointment.

We hope that our visitors understand that this decision has not been made lightly and that it does not greatly inconvenience them.

Some alternative libraries:

Deptford Lounge – The Deptford Lounge is a public library, which is a 10 minute walk away. It is free for anyone to use and has nice surroundings as well as limited study space.

British Library – As a legal deposit library, there is very little in the way of resources that the British Library doesn’t have. It also has study space, though this can be very busy all year round.

Senate House Library – This library is free to University of London students and staff and has options available for members of the public to join as well. Senate House Library has great resources and friendly staff, as well as being well situated in central London with good travel links.

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