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2020 New student essentials


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Find out how to work a library. Book on to one of our online getting started sessions

Watch our Welcome to The Hive video and see where to find your books and study space

Take a look at the new student essentials playlist on YouTube and find the information you need

Visit the study skills page, take the skills check and work out where you might need some more help.

We have study spaces and pcs for you on all levels of The Hive. We have group study spaces on level 0, and silent study on level 4.

You’ll find most of our print books on level 3 (pdf). Our self-guided tour and top tips (pdf) show you where things are and how to make the most of our resources. UW printing, copying and EduRoam wifi are available throughout the building. Visit Explore the Past Archive and Archaeology service on level 2, or use the Children’s Library and Teaching Collection on level 1.

You’ll find a variety of learning spaces across the University campuses. With group, social, silent, pc and 24-hour study zones, there’s a study space to suit every task.

It’s not all work, work, work. You can visit our newly refurbished café for drinks, snacks and all your cake needs. There are also lots of events in The Hive and online: get involved.

Your student ID is also your library card. 

The Hive has several self-issue borrowing points throughout the building. Ask a member of staff if you need help finding or using one. All items should be returned using the sorting machine near the entrance on Level 1. 

Find out more about how many items you can borrow

Your resource lists are a great place to start your reading. They are full of items chosen by your lecturers, and may include webpages, reports, videos and journal articles as well as books and ebooks.

To deepen your understanding of your subject, you are expected to read widely and find your own resources too. You can explore our books, ebooks and articles on Library Search. Our videos can help you. Watch What is Library Search (2:04) to get started. The video How to find ebooks (1:38) might be helpful too.

We can help you find the resources you need to complete your assignments successfully. 

Browse our online guides for help with finding sources, evaluating sources and referencing. Our Subject Guides (video 0:31) include a large range of databases and websites to help you with your studies. 
To find out more, book a place on one of our online Discovery Sessions.

If you have a query, email the askalibrarian service, ask us a question using live chat or search our Frequently Asked Questions

Book an appointment with your Academic Liaison Librarian for specialist guidance in your subject area. Your Academic Liaison Librarians can help you identify what to read, how to reference your sources, and how to understand feedback about your use of resources.

There's lots of advice to help you succeed on our Study Skills page. Take our quick skills check to find out areas you might need to look at.

If you need support with writing, the Centre for Academic English and Skills and the Academic Writers in Residence can help with planning, structure, grammar and academic argument. Browse our ebook collection for more advice and guidance on how to get the best grades in your writing.