student quick start guide
When can I use the library?
The library operates 24-hour opening throughout the
Sydney Jones Library:
8.30am Monday – 9.30pm Saturday; Sunday 12noon – 9.30pm
Harold Cohen Library:
8.30am Monday – 11pm Saturday; Sunday 12noon – 11pm
Check the library website for public holiday and summer
vacation opening hours.
How do I borrow books?
• Use the self-service points located throughout the
libraries to borrow and return books. You can also return
books and pay fines using the machines at the Service
Desk. Follow the on-screen instructions and place
returned books in the correct bin
• It is your responsibility to know when your books are due
back. Fines are charged on late returned books – check
the website for current fine rates.
– how many and for how long?
Which library should I use?
Computing, engineering, health
& life sciences, medicine,
sciences, veterinary science*
law, social sciences
What if the book I want has been borrowed by
• Request the book via the library catalogue and it will be
kept for you to collect when it is returned
• If a book is not due to be returned for a long time, you can
complete a recall card at the Information Support Desk –
the person who has borrowed the book will be contacted
and you will be informed when it is ready for you to collect.
How many at one time?
15, including up to two from short loan
25, including up to two from short loan
Standard loan = two weeks
7-day loan = seven days
Short loan/overnight loan = one day
(or until Monday if borrowed at the weekend)
Harold Cohen Library
building 431 on the
Sydney Jones Library
building 433 on the
Electronic library –
*note there is also a library at the Leahurst Veterinary Field Station on the Wirral.
University study is all about
researching your subject –
and the library provides a huge
range of resources to help you
find the information you need.
• You automatically join the library
when you join the University
• Your University ID card is also your
library card – you need it to borrow
books, journals and other materials
• You need your ID card to enter and
exit the libraries
• You can access resources, advice
and further information at:
How do I find the books I need?
• Use the library catalogue:
• On the web at http://library.liverpool.ac.uk
• On your mobile phone at http://library.liverpool.ac.uk/airpac
• At one of the dedicated catalogue computers in the libraries
• Check the status to see if the book is available or on loan
• If the book is available, note down the location and class
number (where you will find the book on the shelves)
• If all the copies of the book you need are out on loan
you can reserve a copy – see the library website for
details at www.liverpool.ac.uk/library
What if I need the books for longer?
You can renew your books if they are not required by
anyone else. Either:
• Telephone 0151 794 5412
• Log into ‘Your library record’ on the online catalogue
and renew online.
Sydney Jones short-loan/Harold Cohen overnight-loan
material cannot be renewed.
The library is more than books
During your studies you will use more resources than
just library books. Other material provided by the
• DVDs, government publications, music scores,
newspapers, maps and plans
• Tens of thousands of journal titles, with hundreds of
thousands of individual issues, many available online
• Unique and rare material housed in
our Special Collections and Archives –
for more details.
student quick start guide
– relaxing in the library
You can take calls in both libraries
where you see this sign:
Please set your phone to silent
when you enter the library.
Eating and drinking
There are vending machines in
both libraries and a café in the
Sydney Jones Library. You can eat
snacks and hot dand cold drinks
in both libraries apart from in
some clearly marked areas.
Please use a lid with hot drinks.
If you need to work together or if you just want to relax
with friends, please use the appropriate study areas.
In the Sydney Jones Library, book a group study
room, use the ground floor or the Link building. In
the Harold Cohen Library, use the Foyer, Postgraduate
Study room or Group Study Room.
If you are in a silent study area, respect the fact that
others in that area want to work in silence and take
your conversation elsewhere. If the behaviour of
others disturbs your work, please inform a member
of staff, who will be happy to help.
If the behaviour of others disturbs your work,
please email either email@example.com or
firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your location,
or speak to a member of staff who will be happy to help.
PCs, photocopying and printing
Both libraries offer:
• Networked PCs
• Laptops available for loan
• Print/ scan/ Photocopiers.
Wireless and wired internet access is
available throughout both buildings
for your laptop or mobile device.
Want to get good marks
in your assignments?
Being able to find, evaluate and use information is a key
skill, both in an academic environment and beyond. The
library organises training sessions – often in conjunction
with your tutors and related to specific assignments – to
help you develop these skills and get better marks in your
assignments. It is particularly important to be able to tell
if an information source is trustworthy or not, so make
the most of any training opportunities.
Your Liaison Librarian can also help you with
specific queries. Contact details are available from
We are here to help
Library staff are happy to help you make the most of our
collections and services. At each library you will find:
• Liaison Librarians – for in-depth assistance with
finding and managing information for your studies.
Go to http://libguides.liverpool.ac.uk to find out more.
• Information Support Desk – for basic enquiries
and study room booking
• Roving Assistants – these staff walk around the
library and are available to answer your questions
• 24-hour support – telephone 0151 794 2679/5411
after 9.30pm Mon-Fri and after 5pm Sat/Sun for help
The online library –
always available from your desktop
The library pays for you to access high-quality online
information resources only available to students and staff via
the library website. All you need is your University username
and password. Try Discover, our service which searches for
journal articles and ebooks by keyword.
The library wherever you are
Access information sources for your work with library widgets
and plugins for Facebook, iGoogle, Firefox and more.
See the library website for further details
for different needs
Both libraries provide a mixture of:
• Open silent study areas
• Relaxed study areas where you can chat freely
• Group study rooms
• Bookable study rooms*
* Sydney Jones Library only – time slots for study room
can be booked via Open Room on the Library Homepage.
Paying for printing
• Credit your print account online via the Digital
University page (https://student.liverpool.ac.uk or
at the print kiosks in both libraries. Printing and
photocopying costs 5p per A4 sheet.
REPORT ANY EQUIPMENT PROBLEMS TO LIBRARY STAFF
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