Information for Students
The Libraries are located at the heart of each campus, and you will find the full range of library spaces for you to read, think, write, collaborate and learn. From quiet to silent, from collaborative to social, you'll be able to find the right library space, whther you want to focus, free from distraction or work as part of a group. All three Libraries have full wifi coverage and provide self-service laptops as well as PCs, printers, scanners and copiers.
The library provides a comprehensive digital and print collection to support your learning, comprising of over 550,000 print books, over 822,000 ebooks and in excess of 108,000 online journals and print journals. You can find what you need through Library search.
The City Library is open 24/7 during term-time, and the other libraries also operate generous opening hours, which can vary throughout the year to meet demand for space and support. Ask4Help are available to provide support at all times when the libraries are open.
You can access a comprehensive range of help and support through the links below, but if you can’t find the information just Ask4Help.
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City Campus Library
The City Campus library houses the print collections that support the subjects taught at City Campus. It provides over 1,600 study spaces, including nearly 900 PCs and nearly 150 self-service laptops. City Campus Library is open 24/7 during term-time and Easter vacations. Whenever the library is open, there are staff on duty to help you, and the basement shop is also open, offering a range of snacks, stationery and hot and cold drinks.
Coach Lane Library
The library at Coach Lane houses the print collections that support the health, social work and education courses taught here. It provides nearly 450 study spaces, including over 150 PCs and 50 self-service laptops.
Law Practice Library
There is also a Law Practice Library at City Campus East, which is located on the first floor of CCE1 next to the Student Law Office. This library's collection supports students studying the Bar Professional Training Course and the Legal Practice Course. There are nearly 200 study spaces, including over 80 PCs and 30 self-service laptops.
To help you find your University libraries on campus, follow these links to maps of City Campus and Coach Lane Campus.
All three of our libraries have generous opening hours, but they can vary so please check here before you visit.
There are selected language learning resources for students learning English (or studying Modern Foreign Languages) in our Language Zone at the back of Floor 3 of the City Campus Library.
- Books for general language, grammar, pronunciation, speaking and study skills
- Video/DVD collection covering culture, history and films in different languages
- PCs set up to access IPTV - here you will find live TV channels in the following languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish
- A collaborative table and technology for group work
- Specialist Sanako software for language learning
|Group and social learning spaces (including PCs)||
City Campus Library: basement & 1st floor (north wing)
Coach Lane Library: ground floor
|Group study rooms||
City Campus Library: 1st floor, ground floor & basementCoach Lane Library: ground floor and 1st floor
|Quiet study space (including PCs)||
City Campus Library: floors 1 – 6
Coach Lane Library: 1st floorLaw Practice Library
|Silent study space (including PCs)||
City Campus Library: 6th, 4th & 2nd floors
Coach Lane Library: 2nd floor
Law Practice Library (silent room)
|Keyboard-free silent study||City Campus Library: 6th floor|
Finding a PC
You can follow these links to check PC availability at City Campus West, City Campus East and Coach Lane Campus. Please note that these pages can take a short time to fully load.
Booking a study room
At Coach Lane we have 4 study rooms that can be booked by students, please see staff at the Ask4Help desk with bookings enquiries.
At the City Library we have 11 study rooms and 5 pods that are available for student use, and you can book these online. Some rooms can accomodate just 2 – 3 people and others have space for up to 8 people, and the larger ones also have PCs and large digital screens to help with group work.
You can find out more information about the learning spaces in your Libraries here.
City Campus and Coach Lane Libraries offer social and collaborative space for you to work socially with friends or in a group.
At City Campus Library there are 10 bookable study rooms that can accommodate from 3 to 8 people. These can provide a space to talk and plan, through to developing work collaboratively using large digital screens and associated technology. You can make a room booking here, and also find out more about the facilities that are available in each of the rooms. There are also collaborative study tables in the social learning areas on the first floor and in the basement, where you can undertake groupwork using large digital screens.
At Coach Lane there are 6 study rooms that can be booked at the Ask4Help service points, by phone on 0191 227 4646, or by email: Ask4Help@northumbria.ac.uk
The Library works in partnership with your module tutors to ensure you have access to the materials you need. As part of this work we purchase material in ebook and print format and we also digitise chapters and articles to ensure that access to key reading list material is easier.
If the book you require is on loan, you can reserve it via Library Search, and when it's returned we will keep the book for you and let you know that it is available for collection. If you’re interested in a resource which isn’t part of our current collection, you can ask us to borrow it for you via the Inter Library Loan service or you can recommend that we purchase it.
You can borrow and return your books using the self-issue at City Campus and Coach Lane Libraries, and as a student you can borrow up to 25 items at any one time.You can find a guide on how Dewey Decimal Classification works on Skills Plus.
Some resources require you to log in with your University Username and Password (the same username and password you use to log onto University computers and email). A few resources may need a specific username and password, and details of these are provided within an A-Z list of all resources.
You can also see any member of the Ask4Help team if you have any questions or require assistance.
Any information regarding your course will be sent to your University email account so you need to make sure you check it regularly. You can check your email by gong to the Student Portal from the University’s homepage, click on the link for Student Email then login with your University username and password.
Off campus, SimplyWeb, provides access to standard University software, email and U: Drive.
If you have any problems logging in or accessing Wi-Fi, contact the IT helpline.
Prints and copies are charged at 1p for a single A4 mono, 2p for a single A3 mono or 5p for a single colour print (A4 or A3). You are only charged for the printing when you release the file from the print queue at the printer itself. You also receive £10 free print credits at the beginning of each year of your course – that’s the equivalent of 1,000 black & white prints each year.
The printers are multi-functional devices, so can also be used as photocopiers (charged as per printing costs) or as scanners to send documents or files to your email or to another person. IT Services have produced a helpguide on how to use the printers.
You can also find these library help guides (and more) on Skills Plus (the library’s collection of online learning materials).
There are numerous guides that can help you with sourcing and organising materials for your essays, and the most relevant guides are given below:
|Plan your academic essay||Prepare your academic essay|
|Complete and deliver your academic essay|
There are various guides that can help you with exam preparation, including the guide shown below:
|Effective Exam Preparation|
Within Skills Plus there are numerous guides to help you in planning, researching and writing your dissertation, with some key guides also highlighted below:
|Planning your dissertation||Introduction to EndNote||Introduction to Literature Reviews|
| Dissertation - researching and writing
Ask4Help are available 24/7 during term-time to give advice and guidance in person on campus, 0191 227 4646 or firstname.lastname@example.org for support and advice on a wide range of services and support including library, skills, jobs, careers, student finance, counselling, immigration, disability and more.