The main entrance to the Richard Powell Library is on the ground floor of Garden Court.
Members of College are allowed access 24 hours a day, in both full term and vacation, using their University ID card. For security, the door is kept locked; readers are requested not to admit non-members of Sidney to the Library. Surveillance cameras operate at all times.
The Library is usually staffed 8:30am-1pm and 2pm-5pm, Monday to Friday throughout term and vacation. The Library closes completely for three days over the Christmas period, and again over the New Year, when the College is closed, and access is not allowed. At any time, staffing may be affected by meetings, training courses, annual leave and other factors, so users who need to be certain of staff help, e.g. to meet an impending deadline, are recommended to contact Library staff in advance.
Parts of the Library are accessible to wheelchair users at all times, and there is ramped access into the building. Users with special access needs are recommended to contact the Librarian in advance of their first visit. The Librarian and Head Porter may be able to arrange full independent access to both floors of the Library for disabled users, but again this should be discussed in advance.
To borrow books from the Library you will normally need a University ID card or University Library card. New first-year undergraduate members of Sidney should find that their ID cards have been registered for borrowing before they arrive. Other users should present their card to a member of the Library staff for registration before borrowing books, send in their details by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in a paper issue slip at the self-issue desk, outside of staffed hours.
Fire and First Aid
When the fire alarm sounds, please leave the Library immediately. The emergency exits are clearly marked and readers are asked to familiarise themselves with evacuation procedures. The fire muster point is the Master’s Garden.
A first aid kit is available in the Library Office for the treatment of minor injuries. Please take care when using ladders, steps and other equipment and report any accident which occurs in the Library to a member of staff.