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Stay and Study


The Library is providing a stay and study service so Courtauld students are able to book study space at Vernon Square while maintaining social distancing to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Booking a study space is quick and easy: you check our availability through our online calendar – you book the session that suits you – we email you to confirm your booking – you can arrive any time during your appointment.  Due to the limited space available, this service is not open to external visitors. 

You can find more information about Stay and study in the FAQs below. If you need assistance, contact us. 


I am not a Courtauld student or staff member – can I use the Book Library?

No. To make the Library a safe place to study, we have had to reduce the number of people in the Library at any one time.  With limited space available, only Courtauld students can use the Stay and Study service. The British Library is open to researchers who book their visit in advance via their website.  Please see their Keeping Everyone Safe webpage for further details.

Can I use the Book Library during the current coronavirus outbreak?

You can book a study space in the Vernon Square Library here. Please request any books you want to use at the Library through our Click and collect service as we have to limit access to the shelves to avoid spreading coronavirus. Alternatively, you can request scans of book chapters and journal articles through our Scan and deliver service. 

Do I need to book a study space?

Please book a study space as there is limited seating in the Vernon Square Library to maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe. 

How far in advance can I book a study space?

You can book a study space up to 7 days in advance. The booking system shows the available appointments on days the Vernon Square Library is open. 

How soon can I book study space?

The booking system shows the next available appointment. 

Can I arrive early or late for my study session?

To keep everyone safe, you will only be able to enter the Vernon Square Library from the start of your booking. You can arrive any time during your study session, but Library staff will ask you to leave at the end of your booking so we can clean the spaces. 

What precautions is The Courtauld taking to keep me safe in the Vernon Square Library?

You can find details of how The Courtauld is managing the risk of COVID-19 and keeping our students, and staff safe on our Coronavirus: updates and FAQs web pages. 

Do I need to wear a face covering during my study session?

Please wear a face covering at all times while you are at the Vernon House Library unless you are medically exempt. Please check The Courtauld’s Coronavirus: updates and FAQs web pages for the latest information on what you need to do when you arrive at Vernon Square. 

Can I browse the shelves?

Please request any books you want to use at the Library through our Click and collect service as we have to limit access to the shelves to avoid spreading coronavirus. Alternatively, you can request scans of book chapters and journal articles through our Scan and deliver service. 

Can I use the PCs in the Library?

The Library will extend the Stay and study service to include PCs in the coming weeks. 

Can I copy, print and scan in the Library?

You can use the multi-functional device in the Library to copy or scan items you have brought with you or to print out material. 

Can I borrow books while I am in the Library?

Please request any books you want to use at the Library through our Click and collect service as we have to limit access to the shelves to avoid spreading coronavirus. Alternatively, you can request scans of book chapters and journal articles through our Scan and deliver service. 

Can I renew my loans while I am in the Library?

Please renew your loans online to ensure social distancing and keep everyone safe. 

Can I return books while I am in the Library?

Please return your books to the book drop-box in reception at Vernon Square. Please check The Courtauld’s Coronavirus updates and FAQs web page for current opening times.

How do I access the Image Libraries?

You can find more information about using the Witt Library, Conway Library and Photographic Survey on the Image Libraries web pages. 

What if I need help using the Library?

A member of Library staff will be at the desk during your study session. To ensure social distancing and keep everyone safe we suggest your visit our web pages or contact us for more complex queries. 

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