The Library aims to be a valuable resource for staff as well as students. We work in collaboration with teaching staff to ensure that our resources reflect the needs of the curriculum, and your input is crucial in shaping the collection. For answers about any aspect of the Library service, please contact us.
Your staff identity card is also your Library membership card. Staff can borrow up to 6 items at a time. We do however charge fines for late items, and encourage you to manage your Library account online using the catalogue. You can obtain your personal PIN from Library staff. Further information is available in the leaflet Using the Library Catalogue. Alternatively, we are happy to provide a demonstration at your convenience.
Each college department receives an allocation for purchasing subject material from the Library budget. This can be in the form of printed textbooks, DVDs or electronic resources.
To order, please complete the Library Resource Request form (you'll find this in the Service Forms folder on the desktop of Matrix, the college email system) with as much information as possible. More than one can be submitted at a time. When complete, forward this to your head of department for authorisation.
This is an online service giving access to a variety of electronic learning resources. Athens can be used off-campus anywhere that you have an internet connection. To register for Athens, complete the Copyright Declaration form and return this to a member of Library staff. Your Athens username and password will be emailed to you. We can also send an information leaflet explaining how to use the service.
The Library is committed to increasing the availability of electronic books and we already have a good collection of these (including many core texts) named ebrary, which students and staff can use via Athens at home or at college. You may wish to order electronic copies of textbooks in place of (or in addition to) printed copies.
The main advantage of an electronic book for the student is that they can be used for as long as required - and at any time - without having to worry about return dates. Many of our students are already familiar with using the internet for research. Electronic books and resources are a good way of promoting and encouraging the use of authoritative (trustworthy) websites.
Library staff have prepared a range of user literature to guide students in their use of library resources. We support the independent learning ethos by encouraging students to acquire library skills that will help them manage their learning, such as renewing books using the online library catalogue, or making computer bookings. Library staff are available to assist students where required.
The Library webpages are a particularly useful source of information for students. The Curriculum Links page has been specifically created to host content created by teaching staff. Each department has an area where lists of subject-specific links, reading lists, or contact details for professional bodies can be arranged under a course name to make it easy for students to find approved online information related to their subject area. Please contact us if you would like to change or add anything to Curriculum Links.
If you would like to arrange for your class to use the Library research facilities as a group, please contact a member of Library staff in the first instance.
The Library has a Staff Development collection of books and resources, many of which support the curriculum for the TQFE. We liaise with the Staff Development Officer to ensure that books from the main TQFE reading lists are available for staff to borrow while studying for the qualification. We ask you to observe the return dates on these items to ensure equality of access for all teaching staff. Please let us know if additional titles are required.
The Library offers workshops for staff and students in the following subjects:
Internet searching skills
Advanced internet searching
Using the Library catalogue
Using the Dewey Decimal system
Please contact the Library & Information Services Manager to find out more.
Qualified library staff meet with lecturers once a year to discuss resource provision. The meetings provide an opportunity to identify curricular resource priorities for the department concerned. Library staff can then ensure the effective use of resources by identifying how their use will be built into the curriculum. The meetings are minuted and action points are distributed to Library staff. Please contact the Library & Information Services Manager at any time if you wish to discuss resource provision.