Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs



Like all educational and cultural institutions we are monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation carefully and taking advice from the University of London and the British Government.

Rest assured that we will do everything in our power to keep all users of the Institute safe and to communicate operational changes in a timely fashion.

Here is the current situation on 26 March 2020.






Visiting the Institute and using the Library and Collections

The Institute, including the Library and all collections, is now closed until further notice.

What resources can I access while the Warburg Collections are closed?  

Check our list of databases and e-resources : JSTOR, Patrologia Latina and Acta Sanctorum are accessible to all readers with a valid Warburg Library card; remote access to other e-resources is limited to Warburg staff/students due to licence restrictions. 

To access JSTOR, Patrologia Latina and Acta Sanctorum with your valid Warburg library card, click on the relevant link from our list of databases and e-resources. When prompted enter your name (Firstname Surname) and the barcode number on the back of your library card. 

If your library card has recently expired or is due to run out, we are happy to renew it temporarily in order to ensure remote access to these resources while we are closed. Please email us at including in your message your full name and barcode number. 

The Warburg Digital Library (open access) 

Warburg Commons (open access) 

The Warburg Library catalogue includes links from individual records to electronic versions (some links may not be accessible remotely or may only be accessible to Warburg staff/students due to licence restrictions) 

The Warburg Iconographic database (open access) 

The Warburg Archive CALM database (open access) 

The library is here to help students and readers. You can contact us at We are available to answer your questions Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm.

Can I renew my reader’s card while the library is closed and maintain access to the library e-resources? 

Yes, we can renew your reader’s card by email. Contact us at including in your message your full name and, if possible, barcode number. 

Can I join the library? 

Yes, you can join the library by emailing us at - please check our admission rules first.

While the library is closed, your reader’s card will only give you access to our electronic resources. Please see the list of resources available to all readers

Is the library still processing Inter Library Loans? 

No, we are not able to process ILL requests while the library is closed 

Is the library still processing reproduction requests?  

No, we are not able to process reproduction requests while the library is closed 


Studying and Researching at the Institute 

MA/PG Cert Students

Please note that term ended on Friday 20 March and face-to-face teaching has been suspended. 

Our aim, like yours, is that you graduate this academic year and that your degree has the rigour expected of every Warburg MA degree.

We are aware that you will now no longer have access to all the resources that you planned to use and that everyone is trying to manage an incredible amount of stress, so we want to assure that you will not be required to submit your option modules essays on 27 April 2020 and the exams will not be going ahead as scheduled on 5 and 12 May 2020.

These assessments will need to go ahead in some way, however, and we are currently looking at alternative timetables and even alternative assessment methods. We are aware that some of you have already done a substantial amount of work towards your papers and preparing for your exams and any alternative assessment methods and deadlines we propose will take that into account.

Once alternative arrangements have been agreed and approved through the Institute’s Governance Structure we will clearly communicate the changes to you.

PhD Students

We encourage you to continue working on your research using the resources you currently have access to. However we are aware that you will now no longer have access to all the resources that you planned to use and that depending on how long the closure lasts this may start to impact your progress.

We will monitor this carefully and if we need to adjust any of your upcoming milestones we will do so, including extending the full period of your degree if necessary. Of course you will be able to discuss this with your supervisor and we will all make any decisions regarding this together.

Occasional Students

We’ve been in contact with all our current occasional students to confirm their plans during the closure and will update them regarding any possible re-opening dates.


We’ve been in contact with all our current fellows to confirm their plans during the closure and will update them regarding any possible re-opening dates.

Students wishing to return home

If you do decide to return home, it is important that you notify us, so that we can support you appropriately to continue your studies and (for Tier 4 students) for visa requirements.

Further information for students studying at the Warburg Institute on a Tier 4 visa can be found on the UKVI website.

Wellbeing Support

The School's Disability & Student Wellbeing Service will no longer run face-face appointments but they will offer an online service. Please contact:

You can also contact the Institute's designated wellbeing officer:

Financial Hardship

We are aware that the challenges that the virus is creating extend far beyond your studies and that the restrictions that are being brought in across all countries are resulting in financial challenges for many people. If you are experiencing financial challenges we can help you defer fee payments and you can make an application to the Institute’s hardship fund to help with living costs. Applications are reviewed on a case by case basis and decisions will be made quickly to ensure that you get the support you need. This will continue even once the Institute is physically closed. If you have any queries about this, please contact

Advice for prospective students

Is the Warburg Institute still considering applications from prospective students to start in October 2020?

Yes, we encourage prospective students to still submit applications to study with us from October 2020. 

We have scholarships for both Masters and PhD Programmes:

Will the coronavirus outbreak affect my application to the Warburg Institute?

We are doing everything we can to limit any impact coronavirus may have on current applications to study at the Warburg Institute.

Our Admissions team is working hard to process all applications and provide a decision as soon as possible. All interviews will be held via skype or telephone until further notice.

My current school/university is or will be closed due to coronavirus and I will be unable to take my exams/my graduation date might be postponed. What are my options?

We are monitoring the situation closely. We are not yet in a position to say definitively how this will affect the admissions decisions we make; however, we advise you to speak to your university as soon as you are able to determine if or when it will be possible for you to complete your exams.

Please be reassured that we are doing everything we can to limit any impact this has on you beginning your studies with us this in October 2020. We will publish more information surrounding our policies as it becomes available.

I am unable to take my English language test because the IELTS test centres are closed, how will this affect me?

Please contact for guidance.

My grades may be affected by either missing courses or being taught by distance learning. What account will you take of this?​

We expect extenuating circumstances to be taken into account by the relevant examination bodies. We are not yet in a position to say definitively how this will affect the decisions we make on applications. We will publish more information surrounding our policies as it becomes available.


Following advice from the University of London we are postponing all events until the end of May 2020 in the first instance. 

Further questions and how to contact us

Our staff are working from home, but we will still do our best to answer your queries during the closure of the building. 

If you have a general question, please check that it has not already been answered above or on the University of London FAQs. If it has not, please email your query to

For queries about the Institute's collections, please contact us at or

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