Current Library Service Information

Access to Our Libraries

Swansea University’s Library Staff have been working hard with Estates to put in place safety measures to begin a phased return to services at our Libraries.  Working within Welsh Government and University guidance, we will be opening the following libraries at designated times for Request and Collect, pre-booked study spaces  and ID Card Collection only:

  1. Singleton Campus Library 
  2. Bay Campus Library

If you are using the library for one of the above services, you may also return library items during your visit. Please do not visit the library solely to return library items unless there is no other alternative.

These services are currently open to current Swansea University Staff and Students only. You will need to present your University ID card to enter the Library.   You will receive an email to confirm when your library item is ready to collect and / or when your study space booking is confirmed. Please bring these with you along with your ID Card.

If you are a new student visiting to collect your university ID Card, please bring your passport (or other approved ID that you uploaded) with you.

Please refer to the University’s Coronavirus Guidance before travelling to campus.

ID Card Collection

Student ID Cards will normally be available at the Campus Library where your studies are based during advertised opening hours, however this may be subject to change in response to firebreak/lockdown regulations. Please check with the Customer Service Team about availability of this service during firebreak/lockdown periods. 

Request and Collect

The library has launched a new Request & Collect service to provide current students and staff with easy access to many of our items. Items must be requested online – it is not possible to make requests at the library. 


Bay and Singleton Library

You can request an item by logging in to your iFind account and searching for the item you require. Once you have found it in the listed results, click on the title to open the full record. If the item is eligible, and you have signed in to iFind, then you will be able to request the item and choose your pickup location. Please contact the contact the Library’s Customer Services Team if you require any further assistance with placing requests or accessing library materials. Please see information for St David's Park  and South Wales Miners' Library below.

You will receive an email once your item is available for collection. This email contains an identifying collection reference code which you will need to find your item on the Request & Collect shelves. The email will also confirm which library your item is available for collection from – please ensure this is the location you expect before travelling to the library. The date that your request expires will be detailed in the email. Please bring your university ID card and collection reference code with you to the library. 
When you arrive at the library please follow the designated route for collecting your item and observe the 2 metre social distancing guidelines. You will use the collection reference code to find your item on the Request & Collect shelves and then proceed to the self-issue machine to borrow the item with your ID card. 
During busy periods it may be necessary to queue outside the library to use this service.  
You will be able to return items to designated points within the library when using the Request & Collect service, but this will only be possible during the library opening hours.

St David's Park Information

St David's Park Library is providing a Request & Collect service on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 10am -2pm. 

You will receive an email to state books are available to collect.  Please come to Reception with your ID Card to collect items. 

You will also be asked to use this day to Return items as well as Collect items.

South Wales Miners’ Library

The South Wales Miners’ Library is providing a Request & Collect service on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am - 4pm.

You will receive an email once your item is available for collection.  Please come to Reception with your ID Card and collection reference code to collect items and observe the 2 metre social distancing guidelines.  During busy periods it may be necessary to queue outside the library to use this service.  

You will be able to return items via the Book Return Drop in the library foyer, but this will only be possible during the Request & Collect opening hours.

Returning Items

If you have items on loan and are able to keep hold of them for the time being then please do not visit any of our buildings or campuses.  In accordance with current guidance we must still minimise the number of people visiting the university wherever possible.

If you need to return items, you can do so using the self-return bins located in the entrance of  Bay or Singleton Libraries. Books from any of our Library locations can be returned to either site during the specified opening hours

Any library items that have already been returned will be removed from your account as soon as any agreed quarantine periods for library materials have passed. 

All fines and fees incurred during the period of closure and reduced service due to Covid-19 will also be removed from your account in due course.

Provided you have returned your library items, you can ignore any further reminders or account statements. Automatic renewals will remain in place for eligible items.

Update to the Recalls service effective from January 2021:

Due to the further government restrictions in relation to Covid-19 and as many undergraduate students will not return to campus immediately following the Christmas vacation, recalls remain switched off until further notice, so that users will not need to worry about returning requested items.

If you need access to library resources which are not currently available to request via the Request and Collect service, please contact your library Subject Team (via the contact details which can be found on the Library Guide for your subject), or the Customer Service Team, for assistance in finding alternative e-resources.

IT Services, AV Support and Printing

What IT support is available? 

The Health and Safety of our community is our priority. In accordance with current Welsh Government and Swansea University guidance we are required to minimise the number of visits to campus and limit the amount of people using shared equipment wherever possible. Before visiting campus, please check whether the service or support you require is available remotely.

Please consider whether your visit to campus and use of on campus services and/ or shared equipment are essential.  

The Customer Service Team are available to help you with your IT enquiries or you can find more information on our  IT Services webpages, including our FAQ's and our helpful guide to using Wi-Fi or home broadband when studying from home.

Whilst some of our services are not currently available or may be delivered in a different way, our planning includes provision of services such as laptop loans and loan of AV equipment.

If you are a student in need of a laptop, please contact your College in the first instance and they will liaise with Library/IT staff if required. If you are a staff member in need of equipment, please contact your line manager and/or College/Department Admin in the first instance.

What printing services are available?

Students can pre-book a Study Space which includes access to printing services.

Current staff and students that have an urgent printing requirement, can also use our wireless printing facility to send print jobs from their own device to be collected from a printer at the following locations:

  • Near the main entrance of Singleton Library
  • Location 42 in the Bay Library (please ask the Security Staff located in the entrance of the building to direct you to the correct PC and explain that you need to use the wireless printing service)

To use this service you will first need to have your device connected to Eduroam and set up for printing from your own device.

 If you do need to use our printing services please also be mindful of sustainability and only print what is required.

Library Scanning Service - Digitised content for iFind Reading and Canvas

Having undergone risk assessments and H&S COVID recovery training, Document Supply staff have returned to Singleton Park Library  and are digitising articles, chapters, and extracts from library print resources to support online course provision. Digitised content is made available via links for course instructors to use in iFind Reading lists and Canvas. Find out about making digitisation requests on the Library Scanning Service webpage:

Document Supply and Interlibrary Loans

The Document Supply Service continues to welcome requests for article and chapter copies. Submit requests via the Document Supply online request form, accessible on the service webpage along with the latest service updates:

The service is currently unable to obtain physical interlibrary loans, due to limits on access to UK library print collections. However, the team will try to fulfil requests if a suitable electronic format is available. We are now able to accept returns of interlibrary loans. If you are attending campus, your interlibrary loans can be returned using the self-return bins located in the entrance of Bay or Singleton Libraries during the specified opening hours.  If you are not in Swansea or are unable to attend campus, please email Document Supply Services to arrange a postal return.


We value your feedback

We value your feedback regarding our phased return to Library services during the coronavirus (Covid-19) period. Please contact the Library’s Customer Services Team with any suggestions, comments, or queries you may have.