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Library information

The Library here at Staffordshire University has launched a brand-new website which brings all of the latest Library information you need in one central location. On the website you can search our electronic and print resources, develop and improve essential study skills, see the range of support available through the Library and much more. You’ll also be able to see the latest Library updates including opening hours and any changes to services being offered.

Don’t miss our new Library Welcome section where you can book onto 98 scheduled workshops happening during Semester 1 including planning your work, finding information and referencing it, improving your writing for assignments and using technology.

See the new Library website and resources

Library reopening

Blackheath Lane and Thompson Libraries

On Monday 17 August 2020, the Thompson (Stoke-on-Trent campus) and Blackheath Lane (Stafford campus) Libraries re-opened to current students and staff.  

We know that many of you are keen to return to campus and use the Libraries for study and access the physical resources. However, in order to ensure the safety of our students and staff, it is necessary for us all to follow government guidance on safe working and social distancing.

Health Library 

The Heath Library at Shrewsbury remains open with access to group study space, quiet study space and silent study space. Customer Services Library staff will be on hand to assist. Study Skills support is available remotely.

Staff and students using the Health Library are advised to continue to follow the NHS guidelines of infection control and wearing a face covering as they enter the Library. The library space at Shewsbury is managed by SATH which means students do not need to book their visit to the Library in advance.

See our Library Opening Hours

See information on our Library study areas

Booking Your Visit

All students and staff visiting the Libraries (with the exception of Heath Library in Shewsbury) must book their visit in advance. This means that in order to borrow, collect resources via the click and collect service or, use one of the limited number of study spaces you need to book your visit using the booking system. 

This system is in operation at both the Thompson Library and Blackheath Lane Library. It does not operate at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital where different measures are in place (as outlined in our Heath Library Shrewbury section above).

You will be able to access the Libraries between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday There are two important rules you need to follow:

  • Book your visit
  • Bring your card
  • Bring a face covering*

*When navigating through the Library help protect yourself and others by wearing a face covering, once you have found your study space and settled in it is acceptable to remove it.

We look forward to seeing you and if you need advice and guidance, Library staff will be there to support you.

To find out the latest information about our library services and operations, please visit the library COVID-19 helpdesk or email libraryhelpdesk@staffs.ac.uk

Library COVID-19 Safety Measures

The University has been making the necessary adjustments to ensure a COVID-19 secure library environment for all staff and students when we reopen the library facilities on Monday 17 August 2020. 

We have been working closely with the University Estates team to ensure that the Libraries are a safe environment to work in and inspire your studies. We will continue to provide comfortable and flexible study spaces although we will be following the latest COVID-19 guidance to keep everybody safe.

We have implemented a one-way system around the library to ensure physical distancing. This means that you will still be able to browse and select physical learning resources from the library shelves includingbooks, journals, and DVDs. 

New Click & Collect Service

If you do not feel that you want to spend time in the Library, we understand, which is why we will be offering a new ‘Click and Collect’ service from Monday 17 August 2020. This service will be available to all staff and students across the University.

Through the ‘Click and Collect’ service you will be able to collect books from Thompson (College Road – Stoke-On-Trent) and Blackheath Lane (Centre of Excellence Stafford) Libraries.

From September 2020, books can also be collected at The Student Hub located in the Science Centre on Leek Road Campus in Stoke-on-Trent.

Access to electronic resources

Library and learning resources take a digital first approach to providing access to books and journals. This means a considerable amount, of books and journal articles, are available online.

All staff, students and postgraduate research students working and studying at Staffordshire University are entitled to access these resources. For those at a Staffordshire University partnership some restrictions may apply.

To access the library’s electronic resources, you will need a Staffordshire University IT account. 

More information on current resource and troubleshooting issues impacting library services

Accessing library resources not in stock*

Staff: Any requests for books and journals which are not on a reading list and not currently in stock should be sent to your subject librarian. You can also request copyright cleared chapters and articles from the digitisation service. Our subject librarian will also be able to assist you with sourcing material. More information on our digitisation service

Staff, students, and postgraduate research students: Free access to our document delivery service is available which may be able to obtain articles and books via the British Library. More information on our document delivery service

Reading Lists*

Staff: We recommend that all resources for students are made available via an online module reading list. The system the University currently uses is Keylinks. Staff can find out more about this service by contacting readinglists@staffs.ac.uk

Students: If you are unable to locate an online module reading list please speak to the module lead for your course.

*Please note these services are applicable to Staffordshire University staff and students only. Excludes partnership organisations. 

More information on our Library services

Academic Skills team support for new and returning students

Since the lockdown began, the Academic Skills team has moved its delivery completely online and has continued to support students preparing for exams and assignment hand ins.

In Autumn 2020, to ensure that our practices remain COVID-19 secure, most of our support will continue to be delivered online.

To help improve our online support to staff and students across the University, a new Library website is being created and will be unveiled in August 2020.

Book an Online Appointment
Appointments with all the Academic Skills Team are available online. More information can be found at how to book an online appointment.  

We are looking at how to create opportunities for face-to-face support should this be required in specific safe one to one circumstances using appropriate PPE but the bulk of our contact will be done via MS Teams or sometimes using Blackboard Collaborate and Zoom.  

Academic Skills Podcasts and Microsoft Sway Presentations
We are creating a suite of Podcasts and Sways to support Students in specialised subject disciplines. If you have specific support requirements then please contact your partner librarian and skills tutor directly or get in touch with the team via: academicskills@staffs.ac.uk 

Study Confidence Support
If you feel your study confidence has been knocked back, the Academic Skills team is now developing a series of support pages designed to help students when they return to study after the lockdown. If you would like to know more about these or be involved in their development, please contact Alison Pope via a.j.pope@staffs.ac.uk 

More information on the latest updates to Academic Skills Team support