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Open 24/7, 365

Both Headingley and Sheila Silver Libraries are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.*

*Please see Summer vacation opening hours for the closure of Sheila Silver library for essential electrical maintenance 

You need your Campus Card to access Sheila Silver Library at all times.
At Headingley Library you need it 19:00-08:30

Security staff carry out a card check at 19:00 each night. Only those entitled to use the Library will be allowed to stay.

You will be breaching student regulations if you lend your Card to anyone else.

Please see our Visitors and Guests page for information about when the Library is open to Guest Users, SCONUL card holders and the public.

Our performance

During 2016-17 Sheila Silver Library was forced to close for 10.25 hours following a City centre wide power cut.

Both Libraries were also closed at different times for short periods of electrical maintenance which was advertised beforehand.

In total the Library was open for over 99.9% of its planned 24/7, 365 opening.

Summer Vacation Opening Hours

Please see below for details of when staff are available to help during the Vacation:

Monday - Friday 08:30 - 17:00
Saturday and Sunday (except August) 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday and Sunday (throughout August)* Self service
Monday 27 August (Bank Holiday) Self service

*Sunday 26 August 06:00-13:00 Sheila Silver will be closed due to essential electrical maintenance - Headingley Library will remain open.


You can also get IT support 24/7 during the Vacation on 0113 812 1000

or Chat with Us.

You will need your Campus Card to use Sheila Silver Library 24/7 and Headingley Library 19:00 - 08:30

Guest Users can visit the Library 08:30 - 19:00. Please bring your Guest User card with you to sign in.

Please see the Library and Student IT Services dashboard for details of any maintenance scheduled for our services and systems or for any known issues.

Library and Student IT Availability

This system shows any issues with the Library or student IT systems. It is only updated during staffed hours.


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Manage your time!

Just because the Library is open 24/7 doesn't mean you should be studying in it all the time! 

Why not take a look at our Skills for Learning pages on Time Management to develop techniques for using your time productively?  The pages include links to apps, a time management podcast and more.