Information for new Library users
The University Library and its staff are here to support your studies, providing you with access to information – online, multimedia or printed – and the skills to make the most of it.
Read our Making the most of your Library guide for a general introduction to the Library and our services.
Learning how to use the Library
A large academic library can be confusing and hard to find your way around. Get a head start by...
- coming to a one-hour Finding your way workshop at the Library to find out what's where in the library buildings and how to find items on the shelves
- trying one of our LibLearn Tutorials
to find out how to use the Library and search the catalogue. Available 24/7 on Blackboard, the University's online learning system
Also, watch out for any Library induction sessions that your School might have arranged. These will show you the basics of using the Library tailored to your subject.
Basic information you need
- Opening hours - find out when the Library is open
- Joining the Library
- Enterprise catalogue - search this to find out what's available in the Library
- Borrowing - everything you need to know including, how many books you can borrow and for how long
- Course Collection - how to get hold of the most popular books on your reading lists
- Jargon buster - Library words explained
- Online dictionaries, encyclopedias and other reference sources - for summaries or definitions
- Study areas - we have an number of different types of study area available to allow you to work in groups or work quietly
- Code of Conduct and Library rules (PDF)
Each subject has a liaison librarian who can help you with any subject related enquiries.
Staff on our Information Desks can help you with general enquiries - don't be afraid to come and ask for help! There is a general Information Desk on the Ground Floor of the URS Building. For subject enquiries make your way to the Information Desks on the upper floors of the Library.
- Making the most of your Library - a general introduction to the Library.
- Finding information in your subject - use the 'Getting started' section if you're a Fresher; if you're a new postgraduate try the 'Beyond the basics' and 'Specialist resources' sections for your subject.
- Understanding your reading list - how to find items on your reading lists.
Help for disabled and dyslexic students
New research postgraduate or member of staff?
- Take a look at our Information for research postgraduates page for useful links to info on doing your research and writing it up.
- For staff we have guidance for both the teaching and research aspects of your role:
- Information for research staff gives help on publishing, open access & research impact
- Information for teaching staff includes guidance on getting the materials you need in the Library