Making the most of your library at Gateshead College


Your guide to Gateshead College's library services








Welcome to

Gateshead College


This guide gives you all the

information you need to use

the library. From books to

DVDs, your library has a host

of services for you.


Your library 4

Library catalogue 6

eLibrary 7

IT facilities 9

Frequently asked questions 10


Your library.


Your ID card is also your library

card. You need to show your

library card to:

⚫ Borrow items from

the library

⚫ Loan a library laptop

You are responsible for the

replacement cost of any lost or

damaged items. A replacement

card will cost £2.


You can borrow up to eight

items including three DVDs,

videos or journals. You can take

books out for 28 days and DVDs

and blue labelled books for one


Your items will be stamped with

the date they are due for return.

Reference items have a yellow

label and can only be used in

the library.


You will be charged 10p per

item per day for each overdue

item. Overdue items may result

in you not being able to borrow

or renew items until fines have

been paid.


To keep items for longer, simply

renew them before they’re

due back by calling 0191 490

2249, in person or via the library



If a book you want is on loan to

someone else or you need to

borrow a book from another

site, you can reserve it by

speaking to a member of the

library team or by following

the ‘signing in to the catalogue’

instructions on page 6.









Library catalogue.


The library catalogue (OPAC)

allows you to search for books

and DVDs that you may need

for your studies.

You can also renew books you

have already borrowed and

place reservations on items.

The catalogue can be

accessed both in college and

from home via Linkup at

A link can also be found on the

Learner Portal and on eLibrary

- www.gatesheadcollege.


Signing in to the catalogue

Simply click on the sign in

link on the left hand side of

the screen, underneath the

college logo. Your student

number is your username and

the password is your surname.

We recommend changing

your password once you have

logged in by going to

My Account and clicking on

My Password.

Managing your account

Once signed in, you’ll notice

a My Account section at the

top of the page. This is where

you will be able to see the

items you currently have on

loan, information about when

they are due back and how to

renew them.


If the item is available in the

library, you can reserve it for

collection next time you are

in college. However, if it is

currently out on loan, we will

contact you once it is returned

to let you know it is ready to


Please watch the video

tutorial about using the library

catalogue on eLibrary

The library subscribes to

several specialist electronic

resources, all of which can be

found on eLibrary. This means

you can get the information

you want, when you need it,

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To access these from home or

anywhere outside of college,

simply enter your college login

details when prompted.

Britannica Online delivers

access to high quality

information from a variety

of sources, plus access to

dictionaries and reference


Gale Databases gives access

to news and journal articles on

a wide range of topics as well

as encyclopaedias.

Jisc Media Hub is an

online video, image and

audio resource covering

engineering, education,

business and many other


MagOnline gives you access to

a range of journals covering

healthcare and education.

Primal Pictures provides 3D

images and interactive models

for learning anatomy and





IT facilities.

In addition to hardcopy books,

the library subscribes to a

range of eBooks. The library

subscribes to two eBook

services: Dawsonera and

eBook Central offering access

to more than 100,000 titles

that can be used by students

and staff.

For more information on how to

use these, see the quick guides

available on the eResources

page of eLibrary.

You have access to PCs during

library opening hours across

all college sites and laptops

can be borrowed for use in the

library at both the Baltic and

Academy for Sport campuses.

PCs can be booked in

advance guaranteeing you

study time by simply logging

on to the college PC booking

software ‘Netloan’.

For more information on how

to do this, simply follow the

‘Netloan’ tutorial which can be

found on eLibrary.

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Q How do I log on to a PC for the

first time?

A To log on you will need to

know your student number

(if you don’t, you can obtain

this from either your tutor or a

member of the library team).

Your username is your

student number and your

password is your surname. If

your surname is less than 6

letters long, you will need to

add an ‘x’ to the end until it

becomes 6 e.g. Lee = leexxx

Q How do I access eLibrary

from home?

A Enter www.linkup.gateshead. into your internet

browser address bar and

select the ‘student’ tab. Click

the eLibrary link and you will

be asked to log in - use your

college login details.

Your username is your student

number (e.g. 123456).

The password is your College

network password.

Q How do I photocopy? How

much does it cost?

A Copy cards cost £3 for 60

copies and can be purchased

from the grey dispenser in the

library at Baltic Campus or

from college reception staff

at other campuses.

Alternatively visit Xerox on

the ground floor of Baltic


Q How many print credits do I


A All students are given £30

worth of print credits at the

beginning of their course.

Once your credit runs out you

can top up at the library.

Q How do I check my emails?

A Look for the student email link,

which can be found under

‘useful links’ on the Learner


Q I’ve forgotten my password.

How can I reset it?

A College and email passwords

can be reset by a member of

library staff or IT Services.

Q How do I check my emails

from home?

A Enter www.linkup.gateshead. into your internet

browser address bar and

select the ‘Student’ tab then

click the students email

link. This will take you to the

Google Mail login screen.



Contact us.


t: 0191 490 2249

Baltic Campus opening hours:

Monday 8.30am - 5pm

Tuesday to Thursday 8.30am - 8pm

Friday 8.30am - 5pm

Academy for Sport and Team

Valley Campuses have their

own libraries with dedicated


Opening times for these

libraries are available at each

campus and on eLibrary.

Please note that library services

at these sites are open during

term time only.

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