We're here to help
The building is closed, but the virtual library is open
Even though the doors may be shut, the Library still has so much to offer, with our support, services and resources all moving online in an effort to provide you with the best study experience in these unusual circumstances.
Advice for new students
The sooner you start using the library, the better
Research has shown that the more a student engages with the library, the greater likelihood of them getting a higher grade degree.
We've gathered together all the key information we think you'll need to get started - take a look.
Skills for Learning
Our Skills for Learning team offer online learning and workshops designed to help you develop your study, research, digital and IT skills.
We have a range of online training available to help you become a better student.
Archives and Special Collections
We have material relating to the history of the University, from its foundations in 1896 up to the present day.
This rich and diverse resource supports academic research, teaching and learning, while also being of wider interest to local historians, genealogists and anyone with an interest in historical research.
Check out your library account!
Use the self-service machines on the ground floor to borrow items. Scan your ID card, then put the item on the machine. It will be added to your account.
Borrowing amounts are as follows:
- Undergraduates - 25 items
- Final year undergrads / Postgrads / Uni staff - 35 items
- External borrowers - 4 items
Read more about borrowing
Our auto-renewal system means that all items are loaned for one week at a time and are automatically renewed for as many as 52 weeks. However, if another student requests the item you must return it within the stated time period or you will be charged.
Read more about automatic renewals
To return items at Clifford Whitworth use the return machines near the library entrance - simply place the item into the slot.
To return items atMedia City follow the onscreen instructions on the self-service machines.
Read more about returning books
Use Library Search to place requests on borrowed items. This will send a request to whoever has borrowed the item to return it. You will be notified when it comes back into stock.
Read more about requesting borrowed items