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Library Services strategy

Our mission is to provide excellent library services, facilities, resources and training and advice to all members of the University on and off campus, as well as members of the community who use The Hive.

Our vision is to build on our unique and outward facing service, so that we are highly valued by our University students and staff and community users; and regarded as providing vibrant leadership in areas of best practice in the library sector.

Download the full Library Services strategy.


Library regulations

Download the full library regulations.


Service standards

Library Services is committed to providing a high quality library service to staff and students along with excellent facilities and resources.  We have defined Service Standards that we use to ensure we achieve this level of support.

Do you have any comments or suggestions about these standards?    Let us know what you think.

Download the full service standards.


Information literacy & teaching policy

Students need to develop as independent learners
They need to be capable of finding, evaluating, selecting and referencing information.  These information skills are for university and beyond.  

We can help you and your students.
Institute librarians work alongside your teaching teams to deliver information skills training that is:

•    appropriate & timely – The right information at the right time, eg Year 1 will need to find information for their first assignment.  Year 3 might need complex literature review skills.

•    buildable – Why stop at one session?  We can offer a programme of embedded sessions within modules, developing skills over three years.

•    sustainable – We’ll give you the tools to embed information skills throughout your curriculum.


It really works!
Collaborative research conducted at the University demonstrates the positive impact of embedded information literacy on students.

•    Contact the Academic Liaison Librarian for your Institute.


Appointments Charter

Library Services provides an Academic Liaison Librarian service to help staff and students use the library and information resources effectively.  Appointments can be made with the appropriate Academic Liaison Librarian and the services available are outlined in the appointments charter (pdf).


Open access publishing

Researchers must:

•    deposit in WRaP the final, refereed and corrected, accepted versions of their peer-reviewed journal articles and peer-reviewed conference proceedings. 
•    deposit in WRaP no later than three months after acceptance for publication. 

This will ensure that you comply with the 2014 HEFCE mandate and that your research can be submitted to the post-2014 REF.


Researchers should also:
•    deposit other kinds of research, e.g. book chapters, reports, working papers, images, videos, etc.
•    add back catalogue to WRaP so there is a comprehensive record of the University’s research activity.

This will maximise the reach, availability and impact of your research.  

Download the Open Access publishing policy


Reading resources strategy

Since the adoption of Resource Lists (Talis Aspire) in 2014/15, the Reading Resources Strategy has been replaced with a set of guidelines, ratified by LTSEC (June 2016), on how access to reading resources should be managed.


Requesting new items

Staff: to request purchase of books, journals or databases, see requesting new items or download the full policy

Students should use our book suggestion scheme form.  We do not guarantee to purchase every suggestion made.


Research services strategy

Library Services works with the research community to:
•    identify and prioritise information resources to support existing and future research areas
•    provide research skills support for all researchers
•    provide information on scholarly communications, including Intellectual Property Rights and Open Access
•    provide a robust system to store and showcase the University’s research output
•    promote collections and facilities to wider research community, including partners and independent researchers

Download the full Research services strategy