Students using A Floor in the Library

Welcome to Lancaster University Library 2020-21

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, which include a self-paced tutorial and recording.  Both include similar content so you may want to select your preferred method.  You can also use the tabs below to discover key information about using the Library.

Introduction to the Library

Library welcome video

Quick Guide to Getting Started with the Library

Explore the tabs for essential information

Tab Content: Using the Library

Visiting the Library on campus

  • Bring your University card when visiting the Library, you will not be able to gain access without it
  • You are expected to wear a face covering when in the library, unless you have an exemption.
  • You must follow the one-way system, wash or sanitise your hands regularly, and observe social distancing requirements
  • Bottled water only (no food or drink allowed)
  • Book a study space before you visit the library, check in when you arrive and check out when you leave
  • Please clean your study space before and after use, cleaning materials are available nearby.

Borrowing books

Borrow books at the self-issue machines

You can borrow books at any time using the self issue machines located on each floor of the library.

Use Onesearch to check the availability of books

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.

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

Tab Content: Explore, discover, learn

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. 

Tab Content: Friendly & knowledgeable staff

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

You can chat to staff online or contact them by MS Teams, phone or email. If you want more indepth support with using library resources, such as finding information or accessing e resources, you can make a one-to-one appointment.

For help just get in touch:

Our chat service is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Access chat from the Library homepage or Onesearch.

Email the Library

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

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.

Tab Content: Library central to your study

The library will be central to your studies throughout your time at University.


Learning how to study independently and developing information and academic skills will be a large part of your University experience

You will get used to reading widely and using academic texts and materials to support your work and writing.

Not everything you need will be freely available online. Ensure you make use of the Library to access good quality books and journalsebooks  and journal articles 

The Library building is also a great place to study in too!


Here are a few things students said when we asked them what made the Library special for them

“relevant academic material, not just most popular links”

“a space to study away from home” “printed and physical items”

“nice architecture and staff”

Molly's top tips for using the Library

In this short video Molly Lawson, the Student's with Disabilities Officer and third-year hisotry student, will share her tips for using the library which includes using OneSearch, the library catalogue, saving useful resources, referencing and tells us what she loves about the library at Lancaster University