Library Collections and Archives

Our collection is so much more than books on shelves - you have access to a library collection that includes a wide range of eResources, journals, specialist and rare materials, plus DVDs and CDs.

Library Collections Development

The Library Collections Development statement (PDF, file size: 565.48KB) (available on-campus only) will ensure that the Library supports and facilitates excellence in learning, teaching and research. In partnership and consultation with School and Students the statement ensures the effective procurement, management, use, access, discovery and life cycle of high quality collections.


Search for specific titles or subjects using our Library Catalogue.  Here you will find information about our printed books as well as our electronic books which you can read online.

You may also find details of our ebook collection by visiting our E books webpage

DVD collection

An extensive collection of films, documentaries, animations and training DVDs are located on the ground floor in the Thompson Library.

A collection of health-related training DVDs is available in the Blackheath Lane Library and IT Centre. 

Journals and periodicals

We subscribe to a wide range of journals and periodicals in electronic and print formats. Journals and periodicals are located on the ground floor of the Thompson library, and in the Blackheath Lane Library.


  • Periodicals: Frequently Asked Questions 

Reference collection

Reference items such as handbooks, dictionaries and bibliographies are often an excellent starting place for information and can be found within all libraries. 

Special collections

Rare books, archive materials and extensive photographic collections, Special Collections are located on the ground floor of Thompson Library.

Visit: Special Collections


The Library holds a collection of theses that have been successfully submitted by students at Staffordshire University.  These are available on request for consultation within the Library.  Please ask at the Customer Service Desk.

Exam papers

Exam papers and student projects/dissertations are kept within individual Schools. For more information please contact your School Office.