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Getting started in the library

Whether you are a first-year student or a first-time user of the library and need help and support with your research, a place to study or access to physical and online resources including books, journals and databases, the following information will help get you started in the library.

Videos to help you get started

The following videos and training guides are a great place to start and can help you if you are unfamiliar with the library, new to searching for and reading journal articles, or you’re writing a paper or essay for the first time:  

Find and borrow a book (2min.02sec)

Find an ebook (2min.46sec)

Search for an article (2min.22sec)

The First-year training guide is an excellent resource to help you familiarise yourself with getting started in the library. 

Librarians will deliver workshops online, and where possible, in person, visit our calendar of events for further details  and sign up to our Virtual Getting Started events. 

 

Follow us on Social Media  -Check the library website regularly for updates or follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat  for updates and virtual tours of the library.

 

Where can I access the Virtual Library?

Connect to your Reading Lists through the VLE (SULIS or Moodle) to access full-text items recommended for your modules. 

The Virtual library is available 24/7 to UL students and staff and is accessible from the library website.  To access library resources remotely log in to the remote access service using your UL network ID and password.    

With access to over 450,000+ ebooks we encourage you to use ebooks and online articles for your assignments - search the library catalogue.  

You can find online information, tutorials and videos about finding information, research support, Endnote, referencing, etc.here. 

How can I access the library building / what are the opening times?

  • You must pre-book a visit to the library, once inside you can sit at any available study seat 

  • The library Student Peer Advisors in the red t-shirts are available at the library entrance to help you settle in, find your way around and answer any questions you may have 

  • Please maintain social distancing 

  • Clean down study areas after use 

  • Please do not move furniture as it’s spaced for your safety 

  • Remember to practice regular hand hygiene 

How many items can I borrow?

  • Undergraduates can borrow 10 items for 28 days 

  • Postgraduates can borrow 20 items for 28 days 

  • Fines are not charged but you cannot borrow books if you have overdue items  

  • You can request on a book that is in the ARC 

  • 1 day and 3hrs items are not for loan, but for in-library use only 

Do you offer library workshops or training?

Librarians provide training and instructional workshops throughout the semester to help: 

  • Introduce you to the library 

  • Find Information for assignments  

  • Know the best sources for your academic work  

  • Develop your search skills 

  • Show you how to do referencing for your bibliography 

Librarians will deliver workshops online, and where possible, in person, visit our calendar of events for further details.  Many virtual events are recorded so even if you cannot attend, register and you’ll be provided with a recording, where applicable .  The library YouTube channel has many useful 'how to' videos.

Can I borrow a Laptop?

  • Laptops are available from the two self-service laptop lending kiosks on the ground floor 

  • Laptops can be borrowed for up to 4 hours  

  • There is no charge to borrow a laptop; you just need your UL Student ID card 

  • Fines will apply for late returned, lost, stolen or damaged laptops 

  • Please wipe down laptops before and after use 

Can I bring in food and drink?

  • Food and snacks are not permitted in the library 
  • Drinks are allowed in reusable bottles/cups 

  • Water fountains are available for refilling on each floor  

Do you have floor plans?

Click here to open a PDF of the library floor plans – if you cannot find what you’re looking for, please ask the Student Peer Advisors in the red t-shirts, or a member of library staff.

Where can I print, copy and scan?

Find information here on how you can print copy and scan in the Library.

Where can I get help & support?

  • Online help is available via Live Chat available during staffed information desk hours