Students using A Floor in the Library

Welcome to Lancaster University Library 2019-20

Introductory resources to help you make the most of the Library

Welcome to your Library

Explore this page for an essential overview of the library services, resources and support available throughout your time at Lancaster.

Scroll down for a variety of resources to help you get started.

You can also call in to the Library at any time, where staff will be able to introduce you to the building and services.

Make a start by clicking on the Interactive Library Essentials below

Introduction to IT Services and the Library

This is a recording of the Introduction to IT Services and the Library talk which took place in Welcome Week, October 2019. It lasts approximately 40 minutes.

Quick Guide to Getting Started with the Library

Explore the tabs for essential information

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You will need your University card to:

Borrow and renew at the self-issue machines 

(You don't need your card to return items).

Borrow a laptop 

You can borrow a laptop from the self-service dispensers in the Library and Learning Zone.

Print, scan and copy

You can print, scan and copy at any of the printers in the Library. 


You will need to log into OneSearch using your University username and password in order to:

Request items

You will be able to request items which are on loan to other borrowers. The Library will email you when the items are ready to collect.

Renew items online

Check your loans

Once you have logged into OneSearch, go to 'My Account' where you will be able to check the due dates of your loans and the progress of your requests

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Access these resources and services from the Library homepage or student portal.

OneSearch is a powerful search tool that helps you to find information for your studies from all the Library's resources. Find links to OneSearch on the Library homepage, the student portal, your Moodle module and the iLancaster app.

Subject Guides focus on the subject specific resources for your areas of study

Databases will help you find reliable information from trusted sources. The Library subscribes to many online databases and resources, providing access to full text documents, abstracts and citation information.

Resource lists link directly to the essential and recommended reading for your course. Find the Resource List link in your Moodle module.

Learning Development opportunities will help you to become an independent learner by developing your academic skills in areas such as academic writing, English language or mathematics.

Information Skills opportunities will help you to find and evaluate information, plan a search, use subject specific databases and much more. 

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Library staff are here to help you throughout your studies at Lancaster University.

You can speak to staff face-to-face or by phone, send an email or make an appointment for more in-depth support. You may need help with using Library resources, such as finding information for your subject or accessing e-resources from off-campus.

For help , just get in touch:

+44 (0) 1524 592516 (8.00am-12.00 midnight)

Chat enquiries (12.00 midnight – 8.00am)

Email the Library

Faculty Librarians offer subject specific guidance on making the most of Library resources. You can arrange for a one-to-one appointment or attend an information skills training session. Find out more from the Library homepage or email the Faculty Librarian Team.

Learning Developers advise on academic reading and writing, referencing, English Language, maths and a range of other study areas. Find out more from the Library homepage and from Moodle.

If you have a disability, dyslexia or additional needs, the Library will provide ongoing individual support. To discuss, please email Fiona Rhodes.

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The Library is a unique academic study environment, open 24 hours a day during term-time.

Study space

Choose from a variety of study spaces designed to suit your learning style. Some areas of the Library are designated as Silent Study Zones.

There is power throughout for all your devices, as well as fixed PCs and loanable laptops.

For groups

Book one of the group study spaces which are found on each floor of the Library. The larger spaces have interactive IT. For more informal group discussion, drop into the Learning Zone or book a pod.

All group study spaces can be booked online from the Library homepage, student portal or the iLancaster app.

For postgraduates

Postgraduates and staff can use the Postgraduate Study Area on C Floor for silent study. There are also postgraduate study spaces in Graduate College and in the Storey Institute in Lancaster.

Library Extension Project

A new extension is due to open early in 2021. It will increase study space by more than a third. The design also incorporates collaborative research and project spaces, an exhibition space and relaxed study and break-out areas.