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The University Library provides a comprehensive range of services to support academic staff, and works closely with each Faculty to ensure that Faculty-specific requirements are factored into Library service delivery and development.

We believe that strong engagement and collaboration between Faculties and the Library is essential to ensure continued effective support for teaching, learning and research.

If you’re new to Northumbria (and even if you’re not) Library Essentials for Academic Staff  is an indispensable 5-minute guide to our using services, and who to contact when you need help. 

Find out about developments to Library services with the latest and archive copies of University Library News.

Northumbria University Library is renowned for its outstanding customer service and is a holder of the Customer Service Excellence Award. We strive to create customer focussed services that match your needs and use staff and student feedback to continuously improve your University Library. 

If you would like to give feedback on any of our Library services or resources, please get in touch.

Your teaching

How can I create an online Reading List for my students?

The Library’s online Reading List service ensures that your students have access to the required reading for their modules all in one place, including ebooks and digitised chapters, where available.

The Reading List service also provides academic staff with a powerful and easy to use tool to create reading lists, as well as analytics on their use.

More information on the Reading List service and how to create and update your lists can be found here:

For one-to-one support, please contact the Reading Lists team on: 0191 227 4142 or

Where can I get support with copyright for learning and teaching?

The University Library’s copyright service provides information and guidance to staff and students on all aspects of copyright, including copyright for teaching and copyright for students. For advice and support please visit our online guide.

How do I book a Library induction for my students?

Our Library induction (duration 20 minutes) is a dynamic and visual session which highlights the key resources and support provided by the Library. It is recommended for all students new to Northumbria and can be booked by academic staff for groups/cohorts of students at any time throughout the academic year.

Alternatively, students can access the online version of the Library induction at any time via the Library’s online learning materials on Skills Plus.

  • The induction video for on-campus students can be found here.
  • The induction for off-campus students can be found here.
  • The induction video for London campus students can be found here.

How do I book a skills session for my students?

The Northumbria Skills Programme supports students, staff and researchers to make the most of their time at university, and help them acquire the skills they need to become independent and effective scholars from pre-entry to post-doctoral researchers.

A range of skills sessions can be booked for your students on topics including getting started with information skills, advanced information skills, critical reading, referencing and avoiding plagiarism, report writing and group work.

The Skills Development team can also deliver a range of customised skills sessions based upon topics covered in the Northumbria Skills Programme on request. These sessions can be delivered to cohorts of students from level 4 to 7.

For PhD students we can deliver sessions within faculties on request, based on subjects provided in the Researcher Development Programme.

For more information contact the Skills Development team.

What skills support is available online for my students?

Skills Plus is the Library’s collection of online learning materials with a focus on digital literacy and learning skills that can be accessed on and off-campus (a University login is not required). These resources enable students to develop their skills through a range of online tutorials, quizzes, video demonstrations and printable helpguides. Skills Plus learning objects can also be embedded into your own information literacy and learning skills sessions/modules.

The Library regularly reviews content available through Skills Plus and we welcome suggestions or commissioning requests for additional material. Please contact the Skills Development team with your suggestions and feedback.

How does the Library support Staff-Student Programme Committees?

The Library submits a report to all Staff-Student Programme Committee meetings, where we have been informed of the meeting date in advance.

We encourage students to raise any Library-related queries or concerns prior to the meeting. Where any concerns have been raised, please let us know and the Learning Partnerships team will provide a response in advance of the meeting.

Where a meeting has an agenda item which would benefit from direct Library input, a Library representative will make every effort to attend.

All feedback, comments and issues about the Library raised during the meetings are responded to and acted upon, where appropriate, supporting the Library’s commitment to continuous improvement and to ensuring the feedback loop is closed.

If you have not previously received an SSPC report for your meeting and would like to, please let us know the programme name and meeting date.

How can I arrange a Library tour for my students?

The Library is a valuable learning space for students, however large group tours can be disruptive to other library users’ studying. Self-guided tours are available at our Ask4Help desks and online, and students are encouraged to use these to find the information they need.

If you feel your students would benefit from a guided Library tour, please contact the Customer Experience team.

Your research
The University Library provides a comprehensive range of services to support your research, see below for more information.

How do I get more information on support for my research?

The Library’s Information for Researchers pages contain a wealth of information for active and prospective researchers, including details of our Researcher Development Programme and the dedicated spaces for researchers available at City Campus and Coach Lane Libraries.

New PhD students and academic staff new to research can contact the Skills Development team for a one-to-one appointment to discuss how we can support your research, including help with literature searching, bibliographic software and keeping up-to-date.

The University Library’s copyright service provides information and guidance on all aspects of copyright, including copyright for researchers. For more advice and support please visit our online guide.

How do I request an Inter Library Loan?

Our Inter Library Loan service is available to help you obtain material not held by the University Library. The service is available to staff and students of Northumbria University with a valid University smartcard and covers a wide range of material such as books; journal articles; conference papers; and theses. The Inter Library Loan request form can be found here. It is also possible to request an Inter Library Loan direct from Library Search for items that are not held in our collection.

You can contact the Inter Library loans team on: 0191 227 4140 or

How can I recommend a book, journal, database or ebook collection?

We hope that you can find what you are looking for in our extensive collections, but students and staff can recommend a book, journal or database to support your learning, teaching or research.

How can I develop my research skills?

The Northumbria Skills Programme includes tailored support for early career to post-doctoral researchers to help them develop the knowledge, core competencies and transferable skills identified in Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF) as the key elements to becoming a successful researcher. This support includes face-to-face workshops, briefings and taught sessions. Details of Researcher Development Programme sessions can be found here.

Skills Plus, the Library’s collection of online learning materials, contains dedicated resources that are particularly relevant to postgraduate research students and academic staff.

If you have questions about this support or require further help, please contact the Skills Development team.

Can you support literature searching as part of a funded research project?

The University’s Library Skills Development team can conduct a clearly defined search as part of a funded research project. The cost of this service should be factored into any research bid being submitted, and current costs can be supplied by the Library. Please contact us for further details.

How can I deposit my research in Northumbria Research Link?

Northumbria Research Link (NRL) is a full-text open access repository of Northumbria University’s research output. Depositing in NRL improves the visibility of research online, making it easier for a global audience to discover and use the research being conducted. Depositing in NRL is a requirement of the University’s policy on Open Access and can fulfil funder Open Access requirements. For more information about NRL and how to deposit your research click here.

How can I get support with Open Access publishing?

Open Access publication (OA) is integral to scholarly communication in the digital age. The University requires all Northumbria researchers to ensure the OA compliance of their scholarly publications.

Information, advice and guidance on the University OA policy, how to ensure compliance with funder and HEFCE requirements, and how to access the University’s publication fund can be found on the Open Access pages of Library Online.

Your Library contacts

How can I get support for periodic review and PSRB accreditations?

The Library provides support for all periodic reviews and accreditations by Professional, Statutory & Regulatory Bodies (PSRB). Types of support can include: 

  • A tailored University Library information pack for each area being reviewed or accredited (sample document).
  • A current Library Resources Statement (sample document).
  • A tour of any of our three Libraries delivered by a Library representative.
  • A Library representative to attend a review meeting. 

In addition, the Library can provide information for the Self Evaluation Document and the Student Written Submission to further support the accreditation process. 

To request a Library information pack for a PSRB accreditation or Periodic Review; to arrange a tour or to request attendance at a review meeting, please complete and submit this short form

For any other information, please contact the Learning Partnerships team

How can I arrange a Library tour or visit?

The Library’s Learning Partnerships Team works closely with the International Office and the Faculties to provide tailored tours of the University Libraries, showcasing Library services and support for Northumbria students and staff. Tours are available for visiting partners and for new academic staff.

For more details or to arrange a Library tour, please contact the Learning Partnerships team.

What support does the Library offer for FSLE meetings?

A Library representative attends all Faculty Student Learning and Experience (FSLE) meetings to provide updates on new developments in the Library and to respond to staff feedback concerning the Library. The Learning Partnerships team coordinates all Library representation at these meetings and prepares the Library updates for the FSLEs.

Who do I contact within the Library?

Northumbria University Library operates a functional structure, with specialist teams taking responsibility for specific aspects of our Library service and resources.

To make the most of what the Library has to offer, and to find out more about the services that we provide, use the information below to identify and contact the appropriate Library team.

To get support with creating an online module reading list Reading List team:
Phone: 0191 227 4142
To recommend a book, journal or eresource
To request an Inter Library Loan Inter Library Loans team:
Phone: 0191 227 4140
To get support with copyright for teaching or research Copyright team:
Phone: 0191 243 7314
To book a Library induction or skills session for your students Skills Development team:
To find online information literacy, skills and research support
To receive a Library report for your Staff-Student Programme Committee meeting Learning Partnerships team:
To find more information on support for researchers Skills Development team:
To deposit your research in Northumbria Research Link Scholarly Publications team:
Phone: 0191 243 7705
To get support with Open Access publishing and article processing charges Scholarly Publications team:
Phone: 0191 243 7705
To receive a Library information pack to support PSRB or Periodic Review accreditation Learning Partnerships team:
To arrange a Library tour or visit Learning Partnerships team:


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