Library Services for Students


The Library service and a wide range of our resources are available online.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our library buildings when it is deemed safe to do so.

A “Reserve and collect” service for books will also be available from that date.

In this section you will find updates along with information and guidance.

You can also visit the Library website for more information.


If we don’t answer your question

If you have a question which is not answered here, please submit a query and a member of staff will be in touch.

Go to enquiry form  

Library Resources Online

Our full range of online resources is available, including:

Most of our electronic resources use OpenAthens authentication. There is a guide for further information.

If you are referencing material, use RefWorks.

Regular online workshops are available, as well as a useful RefWorks guide.


Library Support Online

We support students using the following methods:

Library Subject Teams

The Library subject team is available to support students. The easiest way to contact subject librarians is by email.

Subject team members will respond to email or telephone enquiries during normal working hours (9am-5pm Monday–Thursday, 9am-4pm Friday)

Use the Subject Support Appointments service to request an online meeting with your subject librarian. We use Blackboard or an alternative platform to facilitate these 1-2-1 consultations.

Subject guides

Our team of Subject librarians have produced a series of online guides to help you find and use the best resources for your course.

These guides can save you hours when looking for quality information resources that are right for your course.

They are excellent for tips on finding e-books and e-journal articles and include many types of interactive learning tools such as video tutorials and quizzes.


Library Help Online

Further support is available via the Library Help service where staff can answer general queries about any aspect of our service.

You can browse our FAQs and ask us a question via our online form or Library Chat, when the chat button is green.

Follow us on Twitter for regular updates.


Library Loans

If you are continuing your studies next academic year, you do not need to return your books on loan yet.

No fines are accrued during this exceptional period of closure. We have introduced a book return box at each Campus reception area for students graduating or otherwise leaving the university.

We are also developing a reserve and collect service to make our print collections available to you safely.

Meanwhile please continue to avail our extensive e-book collection. You may also recommend a book to add to the library’s collection using our Stock Purchase Request service.


Research Students

In addition to the above, please note the following:

  • We are continuing to answer queries relating to open access, researcher profiles, citation information, and information for early career researchers. There is lots of information on our subject guides about all of these issues.
  • You may request material that is not in our collections using our Document Delivery service please submit your request using the online form as we may be able to supply it to you electronically. We cannot currently request print books.