Getting started in the library
Academic libraries, like ours, can feel intimidating at first. But, beyond the books, there is also a huge range of support to help you with your research, your referencing, and becoming an independent learner.
The most important (and we think valuable!) branch of library support is the team. Any member of the library team can help you understand the catalogue and find items on the shelf. Just ask at the front desk, we are staffed throughout our opening hours.
Every course also has their own librarian, who can offer you one to one and face to face workshop support on referencing, research skills, and information literacy. You can find your librarian on your course guide.
Along with our in person support, you can also find videos, infographics, Miro boards, and more to help you get the most out of the library on our VLE page.
You will all be enrolled on the library VLE page so you can find it any time in your dashboard. ‘Star’ the library to keep it at the top.
Most importantly, we have our online workshops. These will have been included in your timetable and it is essential you complete them to ensure you have all the library skills you need. But if you’ve missed them in your timetable or just want to get ahead of the game, you can work through them at any time.
Below is a taster of the other online support available to you.
Not sure where to find your books? Explore our library layout below…
If you cannot see the layout, click ‘See the board’. Right click and hold on the board to move around. Use the zoom in the bottom right hand corner to move in and out.
Using the library collection
The library catalogue, known as Discovery, contains nearly everything we hold in the library. The search isn’t dissimilar to that of Google but it gives you the ability to focus and limit your search.
When you have found the book you would like to read, you will need to find it on shelf. All of our books are ordered by the Dewey Decimal system.
As well as our comprehensive referencing webpages we also offer video tutorials.
We can even help you get your head around paraphrasing in less than 60 seconds
Alongside this, you can find support in our referencing section for everything from where to find referencing information, to captioning images, to how to put together a bibliography, plus there are interactive examples so you can test out your understanding.
Beyond the physical library
Alongside our physical books, librarian support, and asynchronous resources, we also have a wealth of online resources such as O’Reilly, Box of Broadcasts, and BFI Player. Our resources aren’t just text base – we have video, images, and maps. all of which are accessible on and off campus for all students. You can either browse the whole collection or filter by subject to see the essential resources for your course.
- A Very Crafty New Year
- Autumn in the Library
- Being well
- Beside the (British) seaside
- Black History Month 2020
- Black History Month 2021
- Black History Month 2022
- Black History Month 2023
- A Christmas break
- D.I.Y January
- Grayson Perry
- Green Shoots for February
- LGBTQIA+ History Month
- Library Use Only
- Only in Norwich
- Pride and Fashion
- Ruins, landscape and decay
- Spotlight on… Bloomsbury Fashion Central
- Spotlight on… Screen Studies
- Study Skills books
- Summer of Sport
- Sustainable Design
- Winterfest 2022
- Welcome to Norfolk
- Women in Design