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Welcome to Library Services.

Find out how to work a library. If you're in Worcester, sign up to one of our Hive tours. Or, wherever you are, book onto our online Discovery Sessions on a range of topics to help you with your studies. 

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

Investigate our study skills pages, particularly starting at university, to learn how to become a student in higher education.

Your resource lists are a great place to start your reading. They are full of items chosen by your lecturers, and may include books, ebooks, journal articles and other resources such as videos and web pages.

To succeed in your course you are expected to read widely and find your own resources too. You can explore our books, ebooks and articles on Library Search. Watch What is Library Search (2:04) to get started. How to find ebooks (1:38) will be helpful too.

If reading lots of text is challenging you may prefer to listen to our ebooks. You can also request a Bookshare account. This enables you to access digital texts which you can download in your preferred format, or use accessibility features when reading online.

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. To find out more, book a place on one of our online discovery sessions.

Our subject guides include a large range of databases and websites to help you with your studies. 

If you have a query, email Ask a Librarian, ask us a question using live chat or search our Frequently Asked Questions

Have a look at our study skills page, particularly starting at university to find out more about becoming a student in higher education.

If you need guidance on 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.

If you are in Worcester, we have study spaces for you in The Hive, our joint University and County library. We have different types of study spaces for you on all levels of The Hive.

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.

University of Worcester 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.

It’s not all work, work, work. You can get a student discount on drinks, snacks and all your cake needs in our café.

Your student ID is also your library membership card. 

The Hive has several self-issue machines throughout the building. Library staff are on hand if you need help. 

To return books, use the sorting machine near the entrance on Level 1. You can also return books to any library in Worcestershire. If you're not living in Worcestershire, see our services for students learning at a distance.

Find out more about how many items you can borrow. There is no charge for borrowing a book if you bring it back on time.