University Library – Making the most of it

DO YOUR RESEARCH THE 21ST CENTURY WAY? You do research online all the time – from cinema times to new music, or what to eat for tea. So why restrict yourself to books older than you are when it comes to your uni work?

Don’t go mad on Google or Wikipedia though – instead head over to your library website. Here you’ll find all the latest ebooks to read online or download. There are also thousands of academic journal articles, which are bang up to date and mercifully short.

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Most people think of libraries as dusty, boring places where you get shouted at for thinking too loudly

Hopefully you’ve made it to your university library by now – maybe to grab a book for your course or buy a coffee. But are you really making the most of it? There are tons of resources and services in there that will make studying easier and get you better grades. Check out our 8 essential revision tips guide.

Find your space

Most people think of libraries as dusty, boring places where you get shouted at for thinking too loudly. They may indeed have been like this 30 years ago, but today’s university libraries are all about working how you like when you like. Yes, there will be areas where you have to work silently – and for some people that will be just what they need to nail that essay – but you’ll also find sofas where you can curl up with a book or talk things through with a friend. There might also be group study rooms you can book – perfect for getting together on a project. You aren’t restricted to working nine to five either. In term time most university libraries will be open 24 hours a day, so night owls can work in peace at midnight and early risers can get a couple of hours in before lectures.

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Do your research the 21st Century Way

You do research online all the time – from cinema times to new music, or what to eat for tea. So why restrict yourself to books older than you are when it comes to your uni work? Don’t go mad on Google or Wikipedia though – instead head over to your library website. Here you’ll find all the latest ebooks to read online or download. There are also thousands of academic journal articles, which are bang up to date and mercifully short. You can access online resources without even leaving your sofa, and they’re much easier to search and filter than the paper stuff. Your library website will have a special search engine that can sift through thousands of digital books, articles and chapters in seconds.

More books than you can imagine

It’s really annoying when you discover a really helpful-sounding book, only to find that your library doesn’t stock it – this is where inter-library loans come in. For a small charge (normally a quid or so) you can get a copy sent to you from another library somewhere in the country. Many will come from the British Library in London, which with 170 million items is the biggest library in the world! And if there’s a popular book that the library owns but you can never get your hands on, why not ask them to buy a couple more copies for you? A decent chunk of your tuition fees goes to the library’s budget, and they’re generally happy to take requests and suggestions on how to spend it.

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