Library support

Your school or college library was a collection of books and other resources. The University Library – where you will be spending a lot of time over the next three years! – is so much more, with a dedicated team of staff available to provide specialist support.

Situated in the centre of campus, the award-winning David Wilson Library is a state-of-the-art learning resource designed to support the needs of thousands of students, from freshers to postgraduates.

Our library staff are there to provide advice, training and help whenever you need it. The team is big enough to have specialists who concentrate on different subjects and areas of study. They'll help you find your way round the library, find what you're looking for and - crucially - understand how to use it.

Throughout the academic year there are free workshops, drop-in sessions and online courses to help you develop your skills.

It's a big library: more than 30,000 e-journals, 300,000 e-books and 800,000 print books, with over £7 million invested each year in additional resources and services. Also hundreds of PCs, laptop loans, group study rooms and a café area for breaks and meeting friends. The Library is open 24 hours a day during term-time weekdays, expanding to full 24/7 opening in the run-up to exams.

It may all seem daunting, but the library staff are there to help you with:

  • Finding resources online and in the library.
  • Locating a study space in the Library that best suits how you like to learn: quiet, completely silent or somewhere you can work as part of a group.
  • Using our online reading lists.
  • Searching for and evaluating resources for your assignments and dissertation.
  • Understanding the conventions of referencing: listing your reading and resources used in your assignments.
  • Using bibliographic software to store and manage your references.

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