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Last Updated: Nov 17, 2016 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts
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Library Search

On 16th August the University Library launched Library Search, a powerful new academic search tool to improve how you can discover and access the scholarly record and subject literature for your learning, teaching and research.

You can find Library Search at or use the search box on University Library online.

Library Search - What do you think?

Library Search has been in use for over a month - What do you think? Do you love it? Does it do what you need it to do? Can you find what you are looking for?

Please tell us! You can email us or fill in our feedback form.
22 September 2016

Update - online payments

You can make online payments via your account in Library Search, or in person at City Campus or Coach Lane Libraries. The Libraries are cashless, but payment can be make via contactless cards, chip & pin, Applepay or UpayChilli.

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More Powerful Searching

Library Search has replaced NORA and the Library Catalogue and is available to use online and via new dedicated touch screens in the libraries on campus. Library Search provides a single search box to discover and access millions of books, journal articles, newspaper articles, audio-visual material, datasets and other scholarly resources in Northumbria’s print and digital Library Collection. Features such as citation lists and virtual browse provide new opportunities to discover related works, and the availability display for print books on the shelves includes floor location, a much requested feature from students. Library Search can be widened to resources outside the collection with seamless access to request resources ‘on demand’ by the Inter Library Loan service.

Your Library Account Upgrade

Library accounts have also been upgraded for all students and staff. From 16th August, borrowing limits have been increased to 25 items for taught students and 35 items for PGRs and staff, and you will no longer need your Library PIN when logging in online or borrowing books. Any items you have on loan will be automatically renewed unless required by another reader, and an improved reservations process will recall requested items to ensure more readers can benefit from sharing our Library Collection. A new ‘e-shelf’ in your library account allows you to keep a record of the resources you find and set up alerts for saved searches.

New, improved access to Library Search

Help and Support

To help you make the most of the new Library Search and library account enhancements, new library guides, including video tutorials, are available at

There will also be one-to-one help available at City Campus and Coach Lane Libraries at the following times:

City Campus Library

  • Wednesday 17th August, 12pm-2pm, Pod 4
  • Friday 19th August, 12pm-2pm, Pod 4
  • Monday 22nd August, 12pm-2pm, Pod 4
  • Wednesday 24th August, 12pm-2pm, Pod 4
  • Wednesday 31st August, 12pm-2pm, Pod 4

Coach Lane Library

  • Tuesday 16th August, 11am-1pm, Study Room 2
  • Thursday 18th August, 11am-1pm, Study Room 2
  • Tuesday 23rd August, 11am-1pm, Study Room 2
  • Thursday 25th August, 11am-1pm, Study Room 2
  • Tuesday 30th August, 11am-1pm, Study Room 2

Extended drop in sessions for staff and students will also be available throughout September and October.

Ask4Help are available 24/7 during term-time to give advice and guidance in person on campus, 0191 227 4646 or

Pre-launch Service Updates
12th August 2016: Library Catalogue and NORA
In preparation for the launch of your new Library Search, the following services will be affected from 6pm on Friday 12th August until Tuesday 16th August.

  • Print book availability information in the catalogue. If you need a specific book, please contact Ask4Help who will help you locate the item you need.
  • Self-service issue and return. If you need to borrow or return a book during this period, please contact Ask4Help who will do this on your behalf. Please note no books are due back during this period.
  • Search results in NORA for print books and journals will not link to availability display in the Library Catalogue.
  • Access to online resources, such as ebooks and ejournals will continue as normal until Monday evening after which there will be short periods of disruption if you are following links from NORA, A-Z journals and Google Scholar. If you can’t access a specific resource during this period please navigate to the resource directly.
3rd August 2016: Changes to MyNorthumbria, Blackboard and NU Connect
From Wednesday 3rd August, we are making some changes to how you access University Library Online through MyNorthumbria, Blackboard (eLP) and NU Connect.

Links to University Library Online will look and work in the same way in all three places. A new University Library icon will take you directly to University Library Online, where you will be able to access a range of services including your library account to renew or reserve books.

The following specific changes will take place:

  • MyNorthumbria – the existing ‘My Library’ account details will be replaced by a link to the University Library Online homepage. The link to request an interlibrary loan will remain in MyNorthumbria until Friday 12th August, after whihc please make a request via University Library Online.
  • NUConnect – the ‘My Library’ account details will be replaced by the new icon and link to the University Library Online homepage.
  • Blackboard (eLP) – the ‘Library’ tab will disappear from the top menu, and you will be able to access University Library Online from with the right hand help menu.


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