McClay Library – What to expect

Following the latest advice from the Northern Ireland Executive and the Public Health Agency regarding COVID-19, the McClay Library has worked closely with colleagues across the University, to ensure we can safely open our doors again.

Please consult our opening hours before you come.

The safety of everyone is our greatest priority, so we have made some changes to the way we work, and our service will look a little different to usual.

Please take the time to view the video about using The McClay Library before making your initial visit so you are aware of the changes within the building.

When we first open it will be for:

  • Queen’s staff and students, HSC members and AFBI staff
  • Access to books (self-service borrow and return), study space and some PCs

Social distancing and hygiene measures will be in place including:

  • A limited number of people allowed in the building at any one time
  • A one-way system
  • Cleaning stations with hand sanitiser
  • No access to the water fountain
  • No laptop loans 
  • Book quarantine for 72 hours when returned.

Due to the limited number of seats in the building, you may be required to queue. Please use the hand sanitiser as soon as you enter the Library. Please remember to bring your own water as the water fountain is not available.

A new one-way system has been put into place with separate stairways for entering and leaving the upper floors of the building. Please refer to the floor plans to inform yourself about the one-way system (see below).

We encourage everyone to respect these measures to help reduce the spread of the virus. If you have a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, please stay at home and follow the Public Health Agency guidelines on self-isolation.

Special Collections is also open to staff and all students, by appointment only. Further information can be found here:

Individuals considered to be at highest risk from COVID-19 who have received letters from their GP or hospital care team advising them to shield can be provided with a scanned chapter from books that we have in the Library. Please contact your Subject Librarian for further advice on this.

If you need advice or assistance with any other Library queries you can talk to us using Library Chat (click on the blue box on the right of the Library homepage).

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