Library Services

The University Library provides 24-hour access to study space, a huge range of books and online journals, ebooks and databases, as well as advice to help you find and use Library resources effectively.

You’ll find all the information you need to get started on the library webpages and there are induction talks arranged at the beginning of the academic year for all level 1 students.

Library sites

There are different library sites on campus – you can use any of them and they all have: study space; computers and laptops, printing & photocopying facilities, areas for quiet and silent study, rooms that can be booked for group work & helpful staff. A valid UCard is needed to gain entry to all Library sites and to borrow books. You will also need your UCard to use photocopying, printing and scanning facilities.

Western Bank Library has specialist books and print journals on all science subjects, and a large silent study reading room, and may be of particular interest to researchers. East Asian Studies main collections are held in Western Bank Library reading rooms.

The Information Commons (IC) is open 24 hours a day throughout the year. Undergraduate and Masters students should find most of their recommended books here. Visit the Information Desk on level 1 for help using the library, finding materials for your course, or for help with your computer or laptop.

The Diamond is also open 24 hours a day, and has a wide range of study space. Library Connect on the ground floor (near the café) has extra copies of the most popular books. Visit Level 4 to speak to Library and CiCS staff at the Information Desk, or to use the reference books.


StarPlus is the Library’s online search tool. Use it to find books, online journals, articles, ebooks and much more. You can get to StarPlus by logging into MUSE and going to the My Services menu. Use StarPlus to:

  • request material that is out on loan and we’ll notify you when it’s ready for collection
  • view details of your Library account, including a list of your current loans
  • save the details of useful books, journals and articles to your eShelf so you can refer to them later (useful when referencing)
  • if you’re looking for something we don’t have, use the book recommendation form.

The East Asian Studies subject guide gives more information about online resources for your subject.

Visit our Information Skills Page to explore workshops and online tutorials designed to help you develop your study and research skills.

Help and support

For general enquiries, contact the Library Help Desk (, 0114 222 720,

Liaison Librarian for East Asian Studies
You can contact the librarian for advice on finding library materials, to recommend a book or journal, or any other questions you have relating to your subject witter: @SocSciLibrarian). You may find it especially useful to consult with them when you are working on your dissertation.

East Asian Studies Liaison Librarian.
Youn-hi Hughes
(0114) 222 7334 (external), 27334 (internal)