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The Institute of Criminology building is currently closed and it is not possible for staff or students to work there. It is only possible to use the Radzinwoicz Library, which has recently started accepting seat bookings again: from Monday - Friday. The Library is also continuing to offer a 'Click and Collect' Service.  Full details of these services are available on the Library webpages.

May 2021

The following information is intended to allow everyone who uses the Institute of Criminology building, and the Radzinowicz Library, to understand and observe arrangements that are intended to enable the building to be used appropriately during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The following arrangements regarding the use of the Institute of Criminology building have been devised in the light of relevant guidance issued by the University and by the UK Government and should be read in conjunction with that guidance.  Should Government or University guidance change in a relevant respect, the arrangements for the use of the Institute of Criminology building will be amended accordingly, and members of staff and students will be notified by email of any key changes.  Please also refer to the University's Stay Safe Cambridge Uni webpages, which sets out the approach that is being taken in this area across the collegiate University.


  • The Institute will be open between the hours of 8.00am – 7.00pm, Monday to Friday only.
  • You now enter the building by the main front entrance, and follow a one-way system through the building, leaving through the fire door off the stairwell.
  • ‘Track and Trace’ system: everyone entering the building is required to complete a Track and Trace form located in Reception on a daily basis.

One-way and 'keep left' systems:

Throughout the Institute of Criminology building, including the main staircase, in corridors and in teaching rooms, there is a one-way and 'keep left' system in place.  All building users are expected to observe these systems where they are indicated.

Face coverings:

  • Anyone entering, or moving around the Institute building, must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from the requirement:
  • Members of staff do not need to wear face coverings when working alone in their office or when working in a shared space in which social distancing can be maintained at all times.  Students do not generally need to wear face coverings in classes provided that social distancing is maintained at all times but are required to do so (unless they are exempt from the requirement to wear face coverings) if their lecturer or seminar leader requests this. 
  • Library users (and staff, unless working behind a Perspex screen) must wear face coverings in public areas of the library, including when sitting at desks in order to comply with the University Library’s policy, which has been formulated in the light of UK Government guidance.

Social distancing:

  • All teaching rooms, library areas and offices have been configured to facilitate 2m social distancing.  Markings and signage in each teaching room, library area and office clearly indicate seats and desks that can, and cannot be used, in accordance with social distancing.  Everyone is expected to comply with such markings and signage. 
  • An office should not be entered without first seeking the permission of the occupier.
  • PPE equipment: Reception has a small supply of PPE equipment (facemasks, hand sanitiser and gloves) if you require them.


Excellent hand hygiene remains a key infection control measure.  Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance to and in multiple locations around the building.  Everyone should use hand sanitiser on entering the building and as appropriate while in the building.


  • Cleaning will take place in the building throughout the day.  Cleaners will target 'high touch' surfaces and shared areas within the building (e.g. lift buttons, door handles, water coolers, kitchens, taps, toilets).
  • Teaching rooms will be cleaned between teaching sessions.

The Radzinowicz Library

COVID-19 guidance and access information for the Radzinowicz Library can be found here:




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