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Visitors guide to the Library

School and College visits

We welcome visits by school and college groups, whether you wish to bring your students to use our libraries for research, or would simply like them to gain first-hand experience of a university library.

Your group is welcome to use our study spaces for their library research, but please be aware that our libraries are very busy during terms and that our spaces are not bookable.  For further advice regarding the planning of your visit please email

Please ask at the enquiry desk for guidance on how to find print resources on the shelves and 'walk in access' to e-resources on our two dedicated PCs.

We would advise searching our catalogue in advance of your visit, or bringing your own laptop, tablet or smartphone as we no longer have online catalogue machines in our libraries.

The Forum Library is open to visitors Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm and also Saturday - Sunday 10am - 6pm.

Getting here

Maps and directions

The University’s maps and directions web pages have maps of all our campuses and directions to each, whether you’re travelling on foot, by car, or on public transport.

Car parking

Please note that parking on our campuses is limited, so it’s advisable to check the car parking information – which includes car park locations - in advance of your visit.

Before you visit

Identifying suitable materials

Search the online library catalogue before you visit. Our books and journals are arranged by classmark, using the Dewey Decimal classification system. Classmarks are the number codes on the spine labels of the books and print journals; each classmark identifies a particular subject, e.g. the classmark for anatomy is 611. You can find more information in our What are classmarks? guide, and take a look at our floor plans to see where specific classmarks are located in the library.  Check for the material's location, our largest collection is held in the Forum Library and covers a wide range of subjects.

University outreach team

The University’s Outreach team delivers a wide range of activities for schools and colleges, either at the University or in schools. These activities are offered to a range of year groups with a specific focus on years 10 – 13, and include sessions on study skills and Extended Project support. While you're here, you may like to include a visit to the library if you consider it appropriate and helpful and have time.

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