How Library and Student Services support your studies

Whether you are new to the University or a returning student; studying on campus or from home, Library and Student Services are here to support you in your studies:

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Find information

  • You can search thousands of books together with eBooks, journals, databases, newspapers and multimedia resources via our Discover search tool.
  • Our Click & Collect service lets you reserve books from home and then collect when it's convenient for you. You'll need to use this service if the book you want is out on loan. Or you can just browse the book shelves when you are in the Library and issue yourselves from the self service machines on the ground floors.
  • You'll find your reading list alongside your modules in MyBeckett; you can personalise your reading list by creating a profile and include personal notes or reading intentions.
  • It's worth taking a look at online subject guides created by our Academic Librarians, directing you to key resources. You can also get one-to-one appointments with them.

Develop your skills

  • Before you enrol with us take a look at our Study Ready module to help you to understand the differences between school or college and university and get tips on becoming an independent learner.
  • International students are enrolled onto an Academic Introduction Module in MyBeckett and there is additional support with English Language and Academic English as well as a dedicated Library web page.
  • Once you've enrolled as a student you can self-enrol on the MyBeckett Study Smart module. This provides more detailed support on developing the skills you need to succeed at university. You can also take a look at the self-assessment tools on our Student Skills web page.
  • If you're returning to study there are study modules at each level, including Study On which helps you move into postgraduate study. There is a webpage with additional information for dissertations too. And you should take the Academic Integrity course found alongside your modules to ensure you're following good academic practice.
  • Our Skills for Learning website is packed with resources, including essay writing and referencing tools to help with your first assignments. And the free, online workshop programme delivered by our Academic Skills Tutors launches in October. 
  • Most of your assignments are submitted online - check out the videos that show you how, alongside other “how to” videos on the Library YouTube channel

Get support when you need it

  • If you need support but don't know where to go Student Advice are here to help. Whatever the question, the team will either have the answer or can help put you in touch with someone who does. Student Advice also help you replace your Campus Card, if lost, obtain a Confirmation of Enrolment Letter or Bank Letters and produce full or partial transcripts for our graduates and fully enrolled students.
  • Student Wellbeingoffer advice and support on lots of issues, as well as signposting other helpful support services and resources. To make sure we can get you the right support, all students who register are asked to book an initial consultation. The service is open Monday to Friday, with appointments available between 09:00 and 17:00. Register with the team.
  • Student Money provide specialist advice regarding student funding, benefit entitlement, budgeting and debt. The team also offer support during financial difficulty via the Hardship Fund or help you determine if you are eligible to apply for any Bursaries or Scholarships.
  • Disability Advice provide support, information and guidance to disabled students so you can access your studies and university life. Register Online and the team will contact you to discuss your support needs and how the team can implement adjustments required. The Library also has a dedicated web page and one-to-one support to help you use the Library and find information, including obtaining material in alternative formats.
  • Library Academic Support help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. They provide online resources via the Skills for Learning website alongside workshops, blogs and podcasts. Our Academic Librarians work with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need and deliver academic skills sessions as part of your course. 
  • Library and Student IT Advice is your first point of contact for research and referencing skills, borrowing, passwords, MyBeckett, email, Wi-Fi, Turnitin, online meeting tools, Office 365 and more. You can check their IT Support web pages and frequently asked questions or you contact us them 24/7 via phone and chat and email during the day. They are also on hand in both campus Libraries to help you set up your devices to study on campus or at home.

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Originally published July 2021; updated July 2022

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