Library basics: getting started

Search the library 


Library Search searches across a vast range of scholarly and research content which the University Library subscribes to online or holds in print.  


Watch the Library Search basics video which highlights some of the essential features which can help you find relevant content. 


You may have access to a reading list through your Blackboard module site in the Reading and Sources section 


Our guides for subject based resources direct you to specialised tools to help you identify research and scholarly content in your subject area.  


Borrowing print items from the library 


University students and staff may borrow up to 40 items, for a minimum of 7 days. If items are not held or recalled for other users they may be kept for as long as needed and will be renewed automatically. 


Your University ID card is also your library card. This short video shows you how to borrow and return items.    




I can’t find what I’m looking for 


If the print copies are all out on loan you can place a request by logging into the Library Search and completing the form at the request options section of the item There may also be alternative items that you can access. 


You may be able to use the Document Supply Service to access items available at other University libraries and the British Library where available.  


Getting help 


Use our online enquiry services, email or go to the helpdesk in the library for help with library services or facilities.  


The Academic Skills Centre can help with finding and evaluating sourcesreferencing, academic writing, dissertations, projects and assignments, study skillspreparing for exams and maths and statistics. You can book a study consultation with one of our friendly staff.  Academic Skills Online is also a rich resource of online help you can access at any time.   


Using the Library Building 


The Library building is open 24/7 and you can find details of staffed hours on the library website.

There are a variety of study spaces available in the library including silent, quiet and collaborative spaces.  You can also book Group Study Rooms online.  PCs and smart printers are available throughout the building and you can borrow laptops to use.

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