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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 5:51pm

LIS Libraries – Access and Support

Can I access library resources online?

  • Online access to our extensive e-resources collections remains available via our discovery tool Library Search
  • You can also access electronic journals and databases via our Online journals Portal by keyword or subject area
  • Remember to check your elibrary tab for any module specific resources via your module space

I need help finding research material for my studies, what should I do?

  • We have a team of specialist subject librarians who can help with literature searching.  Initial enquiries can be directed via

What about the books I need to return?

  • Due to the extenuating circumstances during this time –when we fully re-open, all fines will be waived during this period of interruption to access our libraries.
  • We have additionally increased our auto renewals policy from 15 to 25 automatic renewals.

Cancellation of Examinations for Offer Holders

The Government has announced that examinations due take to place in May and June are to be cancelled.

Like other UK universities, the University of Chester will be following guidelines from the Government, UCAS and awarding bodies to ensure that during these unprecedented events, students do not lose the chance to go to university this year.
All offers of places at the University of Chester still stand and we will stay in touch with our offer holders over the coming days and weeks as more information is released to support them through what we know is a difficult time.

Please also continue to check updates to the UCAS website for further details.

Experience Days

The Experience Days at Leighton (March 18th), Chester sites (March 21st), Marriss House (March 25th) and the Visit Day at Shrewsbury (April 4th) have been cancelled. Prospective students have been informed via email.

Currently we are continuing to plan for the Experience Day on Saturday April 25th, but recognise that there is a likelihood that this will not take place. We will continue to communicate with all those who have registered for Experience Days to let them know if plans change.

All Campuses

The University took the decision to bring forward the end of face-to-face teaching for all students for this term to Tuesday, March 17 at 6pm. This related to all sites not already notified of closure (see below*). It affects all undergraduates, taught postgraduates and all those on professional programmes. Students who wish to stay until Friday 20th can do so but face-to-face teaching will not take place from Wednesday to Friday inclusive.  The 24/7 areas of the libraries at Parkgate Road will remain open and there will be a reduced catering offer. International students and others needing to continue in accommodation should confirm this to Hospitality and Residential Services (accommodation) by Friday. A separate email announcement will be made about Level 5 Work Based Learning. 

This early finish gives teaching staff time to move material on-line. Professional services staff will also have more opportunity to reconfigure their working practices.

A decision on whether the University’s campuses will open on time for the summer term will be taken on April 6th.

* The University previously announced it was suspending activities at a number of sites, as a precautionary measure. Arrangements have been made to replace face-to-face with online learning at several sites and staff have been advised to work from home.

International Centre

Closed to students and visitors, with access only for International Centre staff from March 18.

Marriss House

Closed from the 17th to students and staff.

Chichester House

Closed to students and visitors, with access only for HR and Finance staff from the 17th onwards.

University Centre Shrewsbury

Guildhall closed from March 16th to students and staff. 

Riverside Campus

Riverside Building was closed from March 16th to students and staff.

The Riverside Innovation Centre will remain open.​
Students and staff with specific queries should visit the University’s Portal site where more information is available.