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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

What's on in the Library March 2023

Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day 2023 in the Library

We are very excited to announce that, this year, for Women's History Month and International Women's Day, we are planning a wide range of events and displays in collaboration with groups both on campus and beyond into the city too.

13th of March: 'Striking Women: narratives from the past, present and future' - 5:30pm - 8:30pm, Monday, March 13 - An informative and interactive Women's History Month event reflecting on narratives from the past and present and also considering the future.

Misogyny across sectors - 5:30pm - 8:00pm, Tuesday, March 21 - A panel discussion in Women + History Month aiming to empower women+ through the discussion of their achievements in their respective fields and, the discussion of any barriers they had to overcome as a result of being a women+ in their role.

Upcoming Library Events

Lancaster University Mending Station Session - 2:00pm - 5:00pm, Wednesday, March 8 - The Library is hosting a series of Mending Station events in partnership with Sewing Café Lancaster!

Systematic Review Conversations - Decolonising of Grey Literature - 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Thursday, March 9 - Lancaster has students and researchers working with projects in Africa, India, Malaysia and ASEAN countries, and the Library needed to identify resources and guidance that added a 'Decolonised' approach to Grey Literature searching, especially when supporting increases in Qualitative Systematic Reviews.

Digital Humanities forum - 3:30pm - 5:00pm, Tuesday, March 14 - The Lancaster Digital Humanities forums are a series of informal, in-person presentations on DH work taking place at Lancaster or nearby.

Researcher Development Pathway: Introduction to Research Data Management with SAFEPOD Tour - 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Wednesday, March 15 - Do you handle data as part of your research projects? This 90mins session will give you an overview of everything you need to consider in the area of Research Data Management.

View the full list of upcoming Library events

Lancaster University Reads - Our Instagram book club

Our next book is ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ (March 20th - April 9th) and follows International Women’s day on the 8th March. Join in the conversation on our Instagram page!

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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.