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Library Induction 2020-2021: What does the library offer

What does the Library offer?

Your Library provides a huge range of physical and online resources and services to support you in your studies, located in the centre of campus, facing the lake.

The University buildings are identified according to their east/west position in relation to the Library on the campus map.  


Library services are provided by friendly and experienced information professionals, many of whom are qualified librarians and information scientists. 

Each Department has a Subject Librarian who buys books, journals and databases to support your studies, and can help you to use them effectively. They specialise in Library support for your subject area, provide training and look after dedicated web pages for your Department, packed with useful resources. See the links to Resources for your Subject on the website.

Our friendly Information Librarians are on hand to answer your enquiries via our Ask a Librarian service or through Please get in touch with your questions, from the simple to the complex. Enquiries will be routed through to the most appropriate person. 

Ask about loan queries at the Issue Desk on level 2 or ask a quick question via the Chat service available on the Library homepage. Alternatively contact the team using the Ask a Librarian service, or by emailing

You can use our Ask a Librarian service for help online or you can email

Research Services provide support for open access publishing, managing research data, research analytics, and use of our archives and research collections.  From the website you can access a range of online guidance, book onto training courses, and request bespoke support.

Print and online collection

The Library has thousands of print and electronic books and journals. We also provide access to many other publications from patents and standards, to market research and company information, data and statistics. 

Facilities and services by floor

Floor plan

Floorplans are available to help you find your way around the Library.

Library level 2

Level 2 is the entrance level where you can find the main University Reception and Security Desk.  This level is our self-service floor where you can borrow and return materials, collect books you have reserved and use multi-function devices to print, copy and scan. There is also an assistive technology room for students registered with Student Disability Advice. See our interactive floor plans for floor by floor detail.

Library level 3, 4 and 5

Levels 3, 4 and 5 are subject floors, where you can find and browse resources for different subjects.  Level 3 is the floor for Engineering and Design, Level 4 Sciences,and Level 5 Humanities, Social Sciences and Management. See our interactive floor plans for floor-by-floor detail.

There are study spaces on levels 2, 3 4 and 5 which need to be booked online. However there are timetabled teaching areas at the front of levels 3, 4 and 5 which can only be booked for private study outside of these times. More information on study areas and online booking

Library computers

There are PCs available in the timetabled teaching areas and there is wifi throughout the building.  All of our desks have power sockets.

Food and drink policy

Food and drink: As the Library is a study environment, no food is allowed except for in the snacking area in the level 2 foyer and in the teaching areas at the front of levels 3, 4 and 5. You can bring in water and soft drinks in bottles or hot drinks in reusable keep cups and thermos flasks.