All students may borrow up to 10 items at a time.
Please remember that you may be charged a fine if items are returned late. You can renew your items on your online account, or contact us.
– Most items can be borrowed for 3 weeks and you can renew up to 4 times
– Short Loan items can be borrowed for 7 days – these are in high demand and can’t be renewed
– Library use only books, newspapers and journals can be used in the Library but not borrowed
Books already out on loan can be requested. You can request books online by using the Library catalogue.
Books and journal articles can sometimes be loaned from another library – please see the Inter Library Loans information online.
You are responsible for all items borrowed on your record. Please do not lend your card or Library items to anyone else. You need your student card to borrow or use items in the Library, use the printer/photocopier/scanner and other services in college, so please keep it safely and wear it at all times.
- Library Catalogue
Go to the Library Catalogue page on Learnzone to access these resources:
– Search for resources in the Library catalogue
– Log in to check your library account, renew and request items online
– E-books collections – many popular text books are available in the Dawson collection
– Electronic resources – online materials to support course work
– Journals list – access to full text online journal, magazine and newspaper articles
– Links to induction and study information
The catalogue can be accessed both inside and outside college. You need your
username and password to access some resources.
We have over 300 e-books within the library catalogue which you can access and read on-line or download. This is useful as there are no late fines for using eBooks, and several users can access it at the same time. There is a separate guide to accessing eBooks available at the Library desk, and on the Guides section of the website.
- Electronic Resources
Electronic Resources are a valuable source of quality information for your college course on the web, and are available through the library catalogue. Electronic resources may be a collection of online journals and other quality information useful for research and study.
The Electronic Resources Guide is available at the desk, and on this website in the Guides section. Please ask a member of staff if you need any help with accessing electronic resources.
- Printing and Photocopying
We have two printer/scanner/photocopiers for you to use, located near the library desk. You will need to use your college ID card to access your printing.
– Print allowance of £5 at the start of each term
– 5p A4 black and white, 15p A4 colour per side
– 10p A3 black and white, 30p A3 colour per side
– Buy more print credits at the main Library desk
Please remember that you need to keep to the Copyright Guidelines when printing and photocopying information from books and from websites. If you are unsure about this, look at our Guide which is available at the desk, or in the Guides section of the website.
- Help with Study Skills
If you would like to develop your study skills such as researching, reading and note making, how to reference or improving your presentation skills, we can help. Hannah Wood and Graham Ireland will be running a variety of workshops and drop-in sessions in our new study skills room to help you make the most out of the library resources and to help build your confidence with completing assignments. Your tutor will be able to book sessions for groups and we will advertise drop in sessions in the library.
Workshops will include:
– Finding good quality information online
– How to use the college online services to search effectively for information and materials
– Introduction to academic writing and critical thinking
– Reading and note making preparing your assignment
– Writing a Literature Review
– Understanding what plagiarism is and how to avoid it
– How to Reference correctly
– Improving your Presentation Skills
– Preparing for your Exam
If you would like further information or would like to suggest a workshop please speak to Hannah or Graham in the library.
- Computers and Booking
Computer Booking – MyPC
You can book a computer using the link on the Homepage or using a QR Code on the printed guide available at the desk. Please ask a member of staff if you need any help.
We have developed this service for all students to help make sure you get a computer when you need one. You can also see computer availability for all the spaces on our Presentation Screen