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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, whether 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 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 you need just Ask4Help.


What do you want to know?

Where are the libraries?
We have three physical libraries plus a wide range of online resources and services.

City Campus Library
City Campus LibraryThe 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 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
City Campus EastThere 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.

Where can I find a space to study?
We have over 2,200 spaces across our three libraries, offering a variety of areas to suit different learning styles and needs; the spaces can be categorized as:

Group and social learning spaces (including PCs)

City Campus Library: basement & 1st floor (north wing)

Coach Lane Library: ground floor

Law Practice Library

Group study rooms

City Campus Library: 1st floor, ground floor & basement

Coach Lane Library: ground floor and 1st floor
Quiet study space (including PCs)

City Campus Library: floors 1 – 6

Coach Lane Library: 1st floor

Law 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.
How do I find a book?
You can use Library Search to find books and ebooks. You can search for the book title, by author or use keywords.

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.
How do I find a journal article?
As well as books you will need to read other scholarly resources, such as journal literature for your subject. Library Search gives you access to up-to-date scholarly materials including journal articles, newspaper articles, audio-visual material and datasets. 

 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.
How do I access my reading lists?
The University Library’s online Reading List service gives you access to your reading material for your modules. The Library’s Reading List team works in partnership with your module tutors to ensure you have access to the material that you need. You can find an overview of the service and help to get started using it here. If you cannot find your online reading list, you should contact your module tutor.
How do I borrow, return and reserve books?
BorrowingYou can borrow and return your library books using the self-service machines on the ground floor of the Libraries; you simply need your campus smartcard to borrow items. You can also place a reservation on a book that is currently on loan to another reader, and this can be done through Library Search.

You can also see any member of the Ask4Help team if you have any questions or require assistance.

How do I get online (PCs and Wi-Fi) in the Library?
Library PCs and MacsWe have nearly 1000 PCs, over 200 self-service laptops and Wi-Fi across all our Libraries.Your University username and password are provided in your offer or acceptance letter. They give you access to University networks on and off-campus, email and Library online resources. Password help for Library resources is available from the 'Passwords' section on Skills Plus.

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.
How do I print, copy and scan?
Once you have sent your file to print, you can pick it up using your smartcard at any printer.

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).

How to copy in the Library
How can I get started with writing my essay?
The University Library can support you to develop your learning skills on topics such as academic reading, academic writing, referencing and plagiarism. You can get this support embedded in your course, face-to-face through Northumbria Skills Programme or weekly drop in sessions at City Campus and Coach Lane Libraries, supported by the online learning materials in Skills Plus.

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
How can I prepare for my exams?
The University Library can support you to develop your learning skills on topics such as academic reading, academic writing, referencing and plagiarism. You can get this support embedded in your course, face-to-face through Northumbria Skills Programme or weekly drop in sessions at City Campus and Coach Lane Libraries, supported by the online learning materials in Skills Plus.

There are various guides that can help you with exam preparation, including the guide shown below:

Effective Exam Preparation
How can I get started with my dissertation?
The University Library can support you to develop your learning skills on topics such as academic reading, academic writing, referencing and plagiarism. You can get this support embedded in your course, face-to-face through Northumbria Skills Programme or weekly drop in sessions at City Campus and Coach Lane Libraries, supported by the online learning materials in Skills Plus.

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
Can I use other libraries?
The SCONUL Access Scheme is a co-operative scheme which enables students to access other universities’ libraries. For most full-time undergraduates this is reference-only access, but other categories of student, such as part-time or distance learners, may be able to borrow materials from other UK academic libraries in the scheme and also access a limited range of computer facilities. You can find out more and apply to join the scheme at the SCONUL website.
How do I ask for help?
Ask4Help
Ask4Help are available 24/7 during term-time to give advice and guidance in person on campus, 0191 227 4646 or ask4help@northumbria.ac.uk for support and advice on a wide range of services and support including library, skills, jobs, careers, student finance, counselling, immigration, disability and more.

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