The University Library is here to help you succeed with your studies.
It's true that we have lots of books (and eBooks!). But we also have a range of other services and resources to help you with your study, from computers and scanners to individual study spaces and group study rooms.
Ask Library is available at each library to provide information on library services and resources that can help you get the most from your study.
Use Library Search to find books, ebooks, journal titles, DVDs, streaming media and all of the other resources available in the library. For tips on how to find what you need, take a look at the guide to using Library Search.
But there are other starting points for finding information that you need, including the library's subject guides. Compiled by the library's liaison librarians (our resident information searching experts), each of the subject guides provides an introduction to the most useful resources for that particular subject area.
Your student ID card is also your library card, and you can borrow books and other items yourself using one of the self-check machines located at each library. Alternatively, simply take the book to the nearest Ask Library service point.
You can borrow up to 50 items at a time (including two High Use items). Most books are automatically renewed up to five times unless they have been requested by another user (or are from the High Use Collection). Learn more about borrowing at the library.
If the book you want is out on loan, is located at a different library, or you just don't have the time to search for it on the shelf, make an online request and we will have the book brought to the library of your choice. Learn more about requesting.
The library has a range of different study spaces to suit your study style, whether you need a computer, a quiet study spot or a group discussion area.
Each library has different opening hours that change throughout the year. For those who like to study late (or early), level 3 of the Barr Smith Library is open 24/7 (including the High Use Collection). Please note that you will need your University ID card for after-hours access.
Ask Library is here to help you with using the library and finding the resources you need.
You may also like to:
- Start with a subject guide and work through the recommended resources for your area of study.
- If you need help with referencing, there is a guide to referencing or you can refer to these helpful guides provided by the Writing Centre.
- Book in a time to meet with one of the library's liaison librarians. Liaison librarians are information finding experts and can help you find the information you need.
Printing, photocopying and scanning is available at each library. Scanning generally requires a USB drive and is free, and photocopying and printing both use the University print quota. Learn more about how it works.
Ask Library is available at each library and team members can help with:
- Search tips
- What to do when all of the books are out on loan
- Finding computers
- Lost books and lost property
- Navigating your way around the library (particularly the Barr Smith Library)
- Finding books on the shelf
- ... and lots more.