The Lanchester library sits just off Gosford Street between the William Morris and Engineering and Computing buildings. It's five floors of all the resources and aid you could need to make the best of every assignment, seminar or lecture you need to take on.
The Library has undergone major renovations over the last few years including refits of all the floors and a new entrance incorporating a café.
The Library is normally open 24 hours a day 364 days a year to meet the needs of its customers. However, we have had to make some changes due to COVID-19 to make our spaces as safe as possible. This includes reduced opening hours. Please see our Libguide for current opening hours.
You will only be allowed onto the floors of the library if you have pre-booked a study space or an appointment. You must have your ID card and the booking confirmation to enter. You can however collect and return books and use the quick print terminals in the Welcome area of the Library without a booking. You will need to send your work to print in advance or from your mobile device via remote anywhere. Study spaces are available for 1-4 hours (or up to 8 hours on Floor 1) and you can book up to 7 slots per week. All spaces are for individual study only in-line with government guidelines. All floors are currently designated as silent except the Ground floor where you can engage with online classes. Please remember to bring some headphones. Face coverings should be worn when moving around the Library. Unfortunately, we have had to suspend our visitor access schemes including the Sconul and sixth form access schemes.
Click and Collect
Coventry University has a huge collection of e-books and e-journals but there may still be some items that are only available in print. If you need a printed copy of a book, you can place a booking through the library online catalogue, Locate. Our staff will retrieve the item for you and you will be able to collect it next working day from our collection area in the main entrance to the Library. The LibGuide on click and collect gives more information on what to do. If you have a space booking you can also browse the shelves and use self self-service issue. Our You Choose scheme is also now back open. So if there is a book we don’t already have in stock you can ask us to buy it.
You can return books to the Welcome area in the Main Entrance to the Library. You will need your ID card to enter the building.