The Library has nearly 8,000 metres of shelving containing hundreds of thousands of books and other research materials, in printed and audio-visual format. We also provide access to a huge range of e-books, online journals and databases available anytime, anywhere through the Library Catalogue.
Our extensive Archives and Special Collections contain rare books, original documents and artefacts to support various teaching and research fields, especially Dance, Education and Children’s Literature. Library collections are continuously refreshed, according to the Library Collection Development Policy.
The Library is open 24/7 at key times in the academic year such as exams and submission deadlines. For more information see the Using the Library guide.
We appreciate that staff, students or external stakeholders may sometimes wish to donate books, periodicals or other materials to the Library. Whilst we understand the motivations behind this, it is usually not cost-effective for us to accept donations unless they very significantly enhance our collections to support the teaching, learning and research needs of the University.
Suggest a Book. We welcome suggestions for new items from academics and researchers, such as your own publications or those to which you have contributed, or items required to support your research or to enhance the collections in your field. It is always best to request new items via module Resource Lists if they could be used in teaching as we will purchase multiple copies according to student numbers. Where this is not appropriate please complete the Suggest a Book Request form. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis to ensure fair and reasonable expenditure within budget constraints.
The Library is committed to working with academic staff and students to ensure that our collections and resources adequately reflect the diversity of our community, and address the ongoing need for action on decolonising and queering the curriculum. We continually review and revise our collections and subscriptions to ensure they meet current needs of teaching, learning and research. The Academic Engagement Librarians work with you towards this in the following ways:
Contact your Academic Engagement Librarian for further advice: email@example.com.
Library staff have been working hard behind the scenes to implement EZProxy, the seamless authentication service for access to e-resources. Staff and students should now encounter fewer barriers to access in the form of confusing log-in screens – provided you have navigated via a library page (such as UR Library Search, Subject Guides or Resource Lists). This also avoids the risk of broken links, which do happen as resource URLs change, whereas the Library automatically updates these so you don’t have to.
Your Librarian can work with you to ensure your Moodle page directs students via the Library’s pre-authenticated routes. For instance, rather than linking direct to the database URL or suggesting Google, you can guide them to recommended resources by:
• Linking to one of our Subject Guides, which list the relevant databases plus information on how to search them;
• Linking to the resource using the Library link from our A-Z Database list (right click on the title and then Copy Link Address);
• Bookmarking the database or subject guide on your Resource List as Further Independent Study, using the links given above.
This will improve the searching experience for students, making them more likely to engage with the content and develop their information seeking skills. As a bonus, the Library platforms allow easier collection of usage statistics, which provide vital evidence for us to retain these valuable subscriptions.