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Lancaster University Library

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A Library at the heart of Lancaster University's community, local and global. We connect, we innovate, we include.

Welcome to the library

The Library sits at the heart of the Lancaster University. The library building is located at the centre of the Bailrigg campus, providing a welcoming, open and inclusive place for library and university activity. Integrating our in-person provision with a strong digital presence extends the library's reach well beyond campus, so our resources, facilities and support are available wherever you are.

Our approach is based on a library vision Towards 2025, that expresses our firm commitment to be innovative and inclusive in all we do, and a desire to connect with and bring people together.

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The library towards 2025

The library vision describes our ambitions for the five year period up to academic year 2025-26. It outlines our approach and commitments to providing a library that fully integrates digital and physical provision, connecting and partnering with our communities, taking innovative and sustainable approaches, and underpinning all we do by seeking to be inclusive and celebrating diversity.

The Library Towards 2025

This month in the library

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September 2022: Library Festival

Join us on the 23rd and 24th of September for a two-day festival featuring interactive exhibitions, activities, talks, comedy and live music in the library and online.

We’re inviting our local friends and neighbours to explore the work of the Library, University and our community partners. Get hands on with objects from Lancaster museum and our Calligraphy workshops, participate as a citizen scientist in current research, explore Edwardian social media, discover more about the legendary bands who have played at Lancaster University or peer into a cinema from the past in ‘Seeing in the Dark’, a brand-new digital installation. This fun-filled festival has activities for all the family!

There's so much to do at our Library Festival. Whether you are interested in science or art, want to get hands-on and have fun or just want to find out more about the plethora of work that takes place at the University, join us for two days of family activities, exhibitions and live music.Can't join us in person? Many of our events will also be available online, further details are provided on our .

Library Festival 2022


Explore the library

  • What's on

    We have a rich programme of activities, both on campus and online. Explore our programme of workshops, exhibitions and other events.

  • Visit

    Discover the library building and find all you need to plan your visit, including details of community card membership.

  • Collections

    Explore our extensive print and online collections, including primary source materials, Special Collections and Archives, and Lancaster Digital Collections.

  • Learn

    Find out how our Faculty Librarian and Learning Development teams support learning, including partnering with students, working with schools and independent online learning.

  • Research

    Find out how we support the University commitment to open research by partnering with researchers and supporting research activity.

  • Connect

    Connect with us via social media and find out more about our partnership activities.

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