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 16 June 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

Since 23 March, all face-to-face teaching has been suspended and assessment modes and deadlines have been adjusted to take account of the disruption that Covid-19 is having on your studies.

In recognition that the current challenging circumstances will have affected students’ preparation for and performance in assessments, exceptional amendments have been made to the School of Advanced Studies (SAS) academic regulations. You can view the SAS’s no detriment policy through your Programme’s StudyOnline page.

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 recommend that any new applications for coming to the Institute as an occasional student should plan to arrive from January 2021. We will not be accepting any new occasional students during the Autumn Term. Please contact us to discuss your application before applying by emailing


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. New fellows that have missed their start date can now carry out their fellowship entirely remotely should they wish to do so. Those that do not wish to work remotely, have been given the option to delay their fellowship until 2020/21.

Students wishing to return home

If you have returned home please notify us so that we can support you appropriately.

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 whilst the Institute is physically closed. If you have any queries about this, please contact


Advice for Offer Holders

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, the deadline for applications is 31 July 2020.

We also have a fully funded PhD studentship in collaboration with the V & A still open to applications.

On Monday 18 May 2020, we held our first-ever virtual open day, you can watch the recorded sessions here. 

How will teaching be delivered?​

Our Programmes will be taught in-person where we can and online where we have to in the Autumn.

We expect students to travel to London where possible as the Institute will be open, but we understand that local restrictions on travel across the world may make this difficult or impossible. If you aren’t able to join us in London immediately, we will make reasonable adjustments so you can achieve the same learning outcomes wherever you are in the world. 

Our flexible approach, which will be in place for the Autumn Term, means that even if your arrival is delayed by travel restrictions, you can continue to participate fully in our academic community and continue your studies with us, connecting with your tutors and fellow students both inside and outside of the classroom. We are using the technologies available to plan teaching sessions that combine recorded lectures you can access anytime with in person or online seminar meetings to highlight discussion and deliver the learning outcomes you expect from the Institute.

How will you ensure the safety of students for in-person teaching?

The health and wellbeing of our staff and students are paramount. We are currently following Public Health England advice and are carrying out the relevant risk assessments so that we can put the necessary measures in place for the start of term to ensure that our building is as safe as possible and minimise th risk to all the Institute’s, students, staff and visitors and staff.

We will publish the measures that we are implementing once they have been decided and continually monitor and amend them in light of any changes in official advice from the Government.

Currently the UK Government is requiring international travellers to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the UK. Will there be any support for students who are required to quarantine?

The current government advice is that anyone coming to the UK from overseas after 8 June (except Ireland) will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days when they get here. This guidance might change and we are monitoring the situation closely. If you  are required to self-quarantine, we will work with students to support you and make sure your arrival is as comfortable as possible and that you can access classes remotely during any quarantine period.



Following advice from the University of London we have moved as many of our events as possible online and plan to host events virtually throughout the Autumn term.

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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