Happy holidays!

Wishing you all a restful (and/or productive, if you still have a small mountain of coursework to complete for January – don’t worry you won’t be alone!), a very Merry Christmas (if you are into that sort of thing), and a happy new year.

2020 has been a mixed bag for many of us. We have seen great change, social upheaval, mounting uncertainty, a drastic shift to online learning and the isolating challenge of social distancing, and many have felt seriously unsettled by the changes. Christmastime is a great opportunity to take stock, remind ourselves of all the good things in our lives, and seek respite from many of our worldly cares.

Before you go…

Just a few reminders:

  • Today is the last day to drop us an email if you want a reply before Christmas. Anything we cannot answer tomorrow morning we will reply to during the week beginning 4 January.
  • Most library services are suspended over the holiday. Requests for Click and collect, interlibrary loans, and postal loans for distance learners can all be placed over the holiday but will not be actioned until next term (week beginning 4 January).
  • You can call or chat to us 24/7 every day over the holiday (yes, even at 3 am on Christmas Day!) and a member of our out-of-hours team will be there to help you. Our in-house enquiries team will only be working until midday tomorrow, however, so try to ask any particularly complicated questions before then.
  • The library will be open only on some days over Christmas and New Year, and then for shorter opening hours. Please check our opening hours page before visiting the library to make sure that we are open when you intend to visit. The good news is that you won’t need to book a study space – just bring a face mask and come on in.
  • Please remember your student card and facemask if you visit. If you arrive without your card, you can still sign in using the cardless visit kiosk outside the turnstiles but you will be unable to borrow books or laptops while you are here (although you can still pick up books pre-ordered via Click and Collect). If you forget your facemask, you can grab one from the table just in the middle of the Atrium (just inside the turnstiles).
  • Rest and have fun! Last but certainly not least, please take a break to recuperate and recharge over the holiday. It is tempting to spend every day catching up, struggling onwards or getting ahead, depending on how well you coped with the term just ending, but everyone needs at least a few days doing and thinking about things entirely other than work or study. As I try to remind everyone, university, like life, is a long-distance race and not a relentless series of sprints. You have to pace yourself.

Assistant Librarian (Promotions) at the University Library. An enthusiastic advocate of libraries, diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice for all, inside and outside the workplace.

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