Getting started in the library

Welcome to the library! To get started, have a go at a few of these activities.

Check what reading you need to do

Every module should have a resource list (usually integrated into Canvas) – this is the easiest way to find what material has been recommended for your modules. Check if you can’t find a link in Canvas.

Look for which books are available electronically by using the ‘View Online’ or ‘Access the ebook’ button, then login using your usual UoB login details.

Borrow a book from your ResourceList

The number of books you can borrow varies: for full-time undergraduates it 16 items and for postgraduate taught students  it's 20.  The books automatically renew until they are requested by other borrowers. You will have a week to bring them back. You will receive an email to your University account to alert you. Your ResourceList will tell you whether the book is on the shelf, and where it is in the building (click Get It). Once you have found the book on the shelves, you can borrow it by using one of the self-issue machines which are situated near the stairs on each floor.

Return a book from your ResourceList

Once you have finished with the book you can return it using the self-return machine in the lobby of the Main Library, or by the front doors out of hours. Site libraries - you can return items via book return boxes or to staff.

Find the printers

There is a printer on each floor of the Main Library, just send the item to be printed via your computer, and you can collect from any networked printer in the building, to avoid any queues. Top up your print credit or photocopy online (link details next to all the printer / copiers). There are also free scanners in the library.

Just Ask

Use the Just Ask live chat service to ask any question 24/7. 

Check out the UBWell space

Located on the ground floor of the Main Library, UBWell is a space that contains a variety of books and material to help support your wellbeing.


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