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Metanoia Institute Library Service Academic Term Autumn 2020

We are pleased to announce  our operational service starting on Monday 28th September

Due to the need to avoid virus transmission, the library are not able to open for browsing, and a restricted library service will be in operation during the autumn 2020 term.  It will be reviewed periodically, so please keep an eye on your email account and any announcements from the Institute.   

Please check the full Library Catalogue using the Learning Resources link on the main Metanoia Institute web page, or the catalogue link on Moodle.  This will allow you to see the library stock available.

Ordering and reserving books for collection at teaching events:

  • You will be able to order books from the library by emailing library@metanoia.ac.uk
  • Please state your name, programme and year in your reservation request, as well as the date of your next teaching event (at Middlesex or Double Tree)
  • Please indicate the item, author and title.
  • We will transport your chosen library books to your next in-room teaching event, so please state when this will be.  The books will then be available for your collection.
  • Books may be returned at the following in-room teaching event, or by post.
  • The maximum loan period is one month.
  • Only two books may be reserved at one time.

Ordering and reserving books for collection from North Common Road:

  • Due to ongoing restrictions and our limited space, we are only able to offer personal pick-up and drop-off of books on Mondays and Tuesdays during the coming term, between the hours of 12-2pm or 3-4pm.
  • If you are unable to attend an in-room teaching session, or you require books in advance, please email the librarians (library@metanoia.ac.uk) to arrange a Monday or Tuesday collection from the Metanoia Institute, North Common Road (12-2pm or 3-4pm).
  • There will be no access to the library, as browsing is prohibited at this time.
  • Reserved books will be ready for your collection on the agreed day/time.
  • Books may be returned via the book-bin, or by post.
  • The maximum loan period is one month.
  • Only two books may be reserved at one time.
  • Please note: face coverings must be worn at all times within the Metanoia Institute building.

Students using click and collect service:  

  • Collection will be on Monday or Tuesday by appointment only.  
  • You will be notified by the librarians when items are available and when they can be collected. 
  • To limit virus transmission, and to keep staff and students safe, the library is unable to leave items at reception to be collected at times other than the above. 
  • Please email the library at library@metanoia.ac.uk with details of the items you wish to collect. 

Books by post:

  • If you are unable to use either of the methods above, it may be possible to send books by post within the UK.
  • Books may be limited by size, and a maximum of 2 may be sent via post.
  • Please contact the library using Metanoia email stating which items you would like to reserve, and confirmation of address.
  • You will be notified by email when the items will be posted to you.  
  • Please be aware that the arrival date of posted books cannot be guaranteed.
  • All books sent by post must be returned by post or drop-off in the book-bin.  

A quick way to obtain what you are looking for:

  • You may also request for the librarians to email scans of articles from our library print stock.
  • Email library@metanoia.ac.uk

Please note – our librarians may be able to access books via RNIB Bookshare for students with RAPS.  Please do contact either Ade Banjoko or the library for further information.

Returning items 

  • Items can be returned in person to the book bin in the porch at 13 North Common Road.  To avoid virus transmission, returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours. 
  • Books returned this way will be removed from library records and be made available for loan after this period. 
  • Items can also be returned by post/ courier.  Please keep any information relating to posting/ courier transactions until you are informed by the library that the item has been cleared from your account. 

Online Resources

The online resources (databases, journal and e-book packages) are accessible from the Learning Resources course on Moodle. The links and login details to use are listed in the Online Resources section.


You will find a list of all e-books currently available at Metanoia Institute within the resources section. Please be aware that e-book availability may change during the academic year, so please do revisit the site.

During the pandemic the major e-book supplier (Dawson) went into administration and all our e-books have been transferred to a new provider, VLeBooks.  This list will be continually updated throughout the year.

Direct links to the e-books are on the Library catalogue and can be found by a search for "Electronic Resource". There is a link to the main VLeBooks website on the Learning Resources area of Moodle with instructions on how to search the catalogue for e-books. Should you wish to use an e-book, please email the Library requesting an individual VLeBooks login (library@menanoia.ac.uk).

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