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Library Induction: 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.  


Your Library is staffed 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 and look after dedicated webpages for your Department, packed with useful resources. See the links to Resources for your Subject on the website. They also provide training, both in person and online.

There are Information Points on Levels 3, 4 and 5 where you can ask for advice and help - just drop by whenever you have a question. Alternatively use our Ask a Librarian service. 

Ask about loan queries at the Issue Desk on Level 2 or contact the team using the Ask a Librarian service. 

You can use our Ask a Librarian service for help online.

Research Services provide support for open access publishing, managing research data, research analytics, and use of our archives and research collections.  From their 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, Library Issue Desk,Copy and Print helpdesk and Computing Services’ IT Service Desk. There is also an assistive technology room for students registered with Student Disability Advice. Level 2 is one of the University’s Learning Commons, and you’ll find other Learning Commons available on campus. See our interactive floor plans for floor by floor detail.

Library level 1

Level 1 is a large quiet study area with a PC lab/training room. 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 will find resources and staff supporting different subject areas. Level 3 is the floor for Engineering and Design and the location of the Language Learning Zone, Level 4 Sciences, and Level 5 Humanities, Social Sciences and Management. See our interactive floor plans for floor-by-floor detail.

Library computers

PCs are available on every floor and there is wifi throughout the building.

Study areas: there is a range of different kinds of study area available in the Library for silent, quiet and group study. More information on study areas and bookable work rooms.

Food and drink policy

Food and drink: As the Library is a study environment, no food is allowed beyond the entrance turnstiles. You can bring in water and soft drinks in bottles or hot drinks in reusable keep cups and thermos flasks only. There is a refreshment area with vending machines at the front of Level 2, to the right of the exit turnstiles.