Libraries are open: book your visit

Our Libraries are now open. We have made several changes to how we operate to keep everybody safe. You do need to book a slot for your visit so ensure that you do this before you arrive. Find out more about how you can use the library. You can also explore frequently asked questions on our new Library Help site. You can book your visit by clicking the button below. Please note, to ensure fair access for all, bookings for Library access are currently limited to three per person, per week. Access to our libraries is for current students and staff only. 

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Enhance Your Learning: learn online with the Library

We have a range of guides, videos and other resources to help you learn the key academic and information literacy skills. Visit the Enhance Your Learning webpage to get started. Why not have a go at our escape room style game, The Night of the Hungry, Hungry Robot to learn about using the essential Library resources, key skills and subject guides and resources.

If you need to get hands on experience and support with developing the skills, take a look at our range of workshops. Our new drop-ins and clinics replace our previous appointments service, and are designed to support you when you need to go further with your development. Explore our upcoming events by clicking the buttons below:

Clinics and drop-ins Academic and research skills workshops

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Books For You - tell us which books you want in the Library


Use BrowZine to browse thousands of academic journals available to you. You can search by your chosen subject or search for a specific title. Create your own bookshelf and be alerted when a new issue is published. Access BrowZine

Open Access Week

From the 19 – 25 October, we will be celebrating Open Access week! The theme for this year is “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion”. Building on the previous two years, 2020’s theme seeks to investigate equity in open research - interrogating what is open to whom and trying to address inequalities in the system. On Wednesday 21 October, Holly Limbert, Repository and Open Access Librarian, will be delivering a workshop, 'Gender Equality in Open Research' which is open to all and will be of particular interest to women in research. The session aims to cover the benefits of Open Access, best practice for submissions to UDORA, and becoming more visible as a researcher by increasing your online profile. The session will also present itself as an opportunity to make connections and act as a space for sharing knowledge. 

Are you a PhD student or postdoctoral researcher? If so, we would love you to share your experiences about how Institutional Repositories have aided you in your research or your experience of submitting your thesis to UDORA and the benefits that this has had for you and getting your research out there. This would mean recording a short voice clip, 2-3 minutes long via a recording device or mobile phone. Please get in touch with Holly Limbert if you are interested as it would be fantastic to have you involved!

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