The Library and The Study Store shop
Our Library is spacious, modern, and well-equipped. It is located on the ground floor of the main building, so it is very easy to find and is accessible.
Inside, the Library has plenty of study spaces; a vast number of computers and printer-copiers and an abundance of information resources too, both print and online, to ensure all students are supported during their studies.
Support for new students
All new students have a Library Induction to introduce them to the Library. This includes a short presentation and a look around the Library too. We don’t expect you to be expert library users after one visit, so if you have any problems or are unsure about anything, our lovely, experienced team are there to help you. Most questions can be resolved immediately, but our team is also happy to provide more in-depth support when that is needed, for example, finding information and using the library resources.
Books & e-Books
The Library has a large and varied collection of stock with both print and online resources. The main collection has more than 40,000 books and over 3000 e-Books. These cover all subjects taught at college and we also have study skills books (both print and e-Books) and a collection of leisure reading too.
Magazines & Journals
The Library currently subscribes to 100 print magazines and journals - the majority of these titles are also available online. In addition to these, we also subscribe to a number of online only magazines and journals, plus online resources which hold thousands of articles on all subjects.
Streamed Videos and DVDs
The College offers access to a streamed video service called ClickView. Students are able to access TV programmes, films and documentaries from free to air channels.
The Library also has a small collection of DVDs that can be viewed in the library or borrowed and used at home.
You can use our online resources at home
You can use all our online resources at home by logging into the VMWare portal on a desktop, or the app on a mobile or tablet, using your college network login.
This means you have the flexibility to work at home, which can help you to fit your studies in around all your other commitments.
Inter Library Loans – for the things you can’t find in the Library
If you come across a journal article or book that is not available in the Library collection or online resources when working on a project or assignment, you can request it using our online Inter Library Loans Request Form. Once you have submitted your request, we will either stock it from the British Library or buy it for you to use.
Our Inter Library Loans service is fast, efficient and free. We don’t expect you to get permission from a lecturer before you make a request either: if you need it, fill in the request form.
Journal articles are supplied electronically and are usually delivered in around a week or less, but books take a little longer to supply.
Student Library Accounts
Joining the Library means you will be able to borrow books (usually for four weeks but some are limited to one week). You can extend a loan up to three times (as long as the books are not reserved and needed by other students).
As soon as you join the Library, you get your own account on our system, Heritage. You can get onto Heritage on any college computer and from home too. Then go into your account to check and extend your loans. You can also extend your loans by simply popping into the Library or giving us a call.
You can borrow up to 10 books in total at a time. If you are studying a university level course, you can borrow up to 15 at a time.
There are over 24 networked computers in the Library which provide access to the latest software packages, Schoology, course information, library information and online resources.
All students have a free print allowance equivalent to £6.00 per term, which covers your print and copying costs. There are two combined printer/copiers in the Library which can be used to print, copy or scan in colour or black and white.
Help & Support for Learning
The Library team are very experienced and are always on hand to provide immediate help and support to students. Students can book one-to-one sessions to get more detailed help on topics of their choice. This could be anything from basic research skills to presenting work.
We can provide help and support face-to-face, over the phone and by email. We can also provide support and demonstrate online resources and search skills over Microsoft Teamstoo.
If you visit the Library’s page on Schoology you can access guides, information and videos as well as links to the Heritage Library Catalogue, Discovery and other online resources.
Comments – card and form
We are always happy to get your ideas and suggestions and if you don’t want to speak to us in person, you can use our Library Comment Cards. There are print ones in the Library and an online form on Schoology.
The Study Store
The Study Store is a shop which is also part of the Library. It offers a wide range of stationery products, including; pens, paper, files, file dividers, sketch books and much more. All items are competitively priced. The Study Store also provides binding and laminating services and can take payment in cash or by card.
Want to get in touch?
Phone: 0191 375 4370
For the Library's opening hours.