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Library Induction 2021-2022: What does the library offer

What does the Library offer?

Your Library provides a huge range of physical and online resources to support you in your studies.  You can access our online services and receive help wherever you are. The Library building is located on the parade, facing the lake.

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

Image depicting statistics about the library. We have more than 332,000 print books. 532,000 e-books and 27,000 e-journals. 219 current print journals and more than 100 subscribed electronic databases for research.


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 in person and online. 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. To ask a question or to book an appointment please contact us using

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. To ask a question or to book an appointment please contact us using

Ask about loan queries at Reader Services on level 2 of the Library 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

To ask a question or to book an appointment please contact us using or via our Ask a Librarian service. You can ask a quick question via the Chat service available on the Library homepage.

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 designed for quiet study, 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 quiet study spaces on levels 1, 3, 4 and 5. Note that there are timetabled teaching areas at the front of level 4 which can only be used for study outside of teaching hours. More information on study areas and online booking

Library computers

There are PCs available at the front of Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5.  Note that front of Level 4 may be used for timetabled teaching. There is wifi throughout the building.  All our desks have power sockets.

Food and drink policy

Food and drink: As the Library is a study environment food is only allowed in the snacking area in the level 2 foyer. You can bring in water and soft drinks in bottles or hot drinks in reusable keep cups and thermos flasks.