Your Top 10 Tips for getting started

1. Check out the libraries

You have a variety of different study environments to choose from – Silent, quiet or bookable rooms for group work. There are five sites with library facilities and you can use all of them; Western Bank Library, the Information Commons and The Diamond are all on campus. The Health Sciences Library has facilities at the Royal Hallamshire and Northern General Hospital. Find your favourite!

2. Remember your UCard and PIN

Your UCard is essential. It lets you into library buildings! Your PIN is required to use the self-service machines

3. Get online, find books and more

Your reading list is a great place to get started, but you will want to read more widely. You can search our collections using StarPlus, the library catalogue. All our e-resources can be accessed anywhere 24/7.

4. Request the items you need

If you can’t find the item you want, you can request a copy in StarPlus and choose your collection site. We’ll get it to you as soon as possible from any of our sites. If we don’t have what you need, you can use our Book Recommendation Form or our InterLibrary Request Service.

5. Find out about borrowing

You can use our self-service machines to borrow and return books. You can return books at any of our library sites. It doesn’t matter where you borrowed them from. And we don’t fine for overdue books - books are automatically renewed for you until someone else requests them. It’s important that you do your bit and return your books when requested.

6. Manage your Library Record

Your library record is where you can view details of the items you have borrowed, requests made by others and any requests you have placed. The easiest way to do this is to choose the "StarPlus - Library Catalogue" option in MUSE. We will also send you a borrower statement email every week.

7. Become a more effective researcher

The library runs information and digital literacy workshops that help you improve your grades and prepare you for your career. We cover everything from critical thinking to advice on referencing. We also have online tutorials on our Information Skills Resource.

8. Study healthily and take a break

When studying it’s important that you take a break from time to time. If you need to leave your learning space for more than a few minutes, you should use a study break pass to make it clear to others when you’ll be back. Available from all libraries.

9. Get to know your librarian

We have a specialist librarian for every subject area. Have a look at your subject guide to find out who the Librarian is. You can book one-to-ones to discuss how you might research an assignment or prepare for a project. We’ll see you soon as we’ll be delivering workshops and lectures as part of your course.

10. Get the help you need

You can ask us any questions via livechat, email, text or phone. Those nice people you see in the Libraries are there for you. If you’re stuck, pop over for a chat.