Library and Information Services

Information Services is one of the largest administrative departments in the University with responsibilities covering library, academic and administrative computing, digital communications, reprographic and audiovisual services, archives and rare books.

Their customer base is wide and includes provision of services to researchers and to both teaching and administrative staffs. However students are their most important customers.

Induction Sessions

You are strongly encouraged to attend an induction session. These normally take place at the beginning of the academic year. Organised in conjunction with Course/Subject Directors and lasting about 45 minutes, they provide new students with a more detailed insight into our information and library services.

The Student Experience

The University has developed a suite of student-focussed services designed to enhance the student experience.

It is designed to assist you in your academic work, by improving your access to training materials or providing guidance in the use of key software.

It is an on-going development programme, with new components made available throughout the academic year via our Student Experience website.

The Library Service

There are libraries on the University’s four campuses each providing an integrated resource for library, study and IT services.  You are entitled to use any of these campus libraries and it is important to get to know what is available as it will help you succeed in your studies.

An increasing number of the library resources you are expected to use are made available online both on and off campus.  You can access the library’s electronic resources including databases, e-journals, e-books and exam papers using your student ID number and network password.

Your student ID card is also your library card and you will need it to borrow books and to use print, copy and scan facilities.

Books should be returned promptly to the Library.  You will be charged if books are not renewed or returned on time.  You can avoid unnecessary fines by checking your University email account for reminders and your My Account regularly.  If you do incur fines, you can pay theses online through your library My Account (over £5) or in person at the Library Information Point.  Books may be returned to the return bins in each Library or at the Library Information Point on any campus.

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