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We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support – and the freedom to do things your own way.

A top-ranked library

No 1

Joint first for library services
Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017

The library’s collections and content are rich in new media, digital works, texts and research materials. You can access your library account and all our digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Study spaces and computers are available around the clock so you can make the most your time.

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The Diamond boasts innovative study facilities. It offers an on-demand print collection, high-demand textbooks, access to our digital collections, and engaging experiences to support the development of your information and digital literacy skills. It also features sector-leading creative media facilities including private editing booths and a full TV studio.

Take a 360 degree tour of The Diamond

The Information Commons has 1,300 learning spaces, extensive technology support and a high-demand collection of 120,000 volumes.

Western Bank Library offers learning spaces designed to inspire your best work and houses extensive research collections. The Grade II listed building is also home to our Special Collections and National Fairground and Circus Archive. The Health Sciences Library (HSL) is at the heart of the medical school.

Flexible pick-up and drop-off

You can order a book online and pick it up from any of the five sites. When you’re finished with it, you can drop it off at any of the five sites and we’ll get it back to where it belongs. We’ll automatically renew any unreturned books, provided no one else has requested them.

Study in complete safety, at anytime

If you wish to study in the evening, access to safe and secure learning spaces will be important to you. We have 24/7 secure facilities open when you need them to be.

Information and digital literacy skills training

Our information skills advisers and liaison librarians offer web-based tutorials and short workshops designed to make you a more effective student or researcher and help you develop the research, information and digital skills you need for a rewarding career.

Support for your research

Our library is one of the UK’s leading research libraries. It’s home to around 25,000 rare books and over 150 special collections which include archives, manuscripts, photographs, books, pamphlets and scores. We have a specialist librarian for every main subject area. So when you need advice and guidance you can talk to someone who understands your subject and your course.

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The University of Sheffield library has maintained its efficiency at a very high standard since I started studying here last September. While StarPlus allows me to find and request books from any location at any time, the Information Commons is open all day and all night allowing me to borrow and return books whenever. I also love the convenience of the auto-renew function of borrowed books

Laila Abubakari
MA International Political Communication

Outstanding IT services

Computers and software

We provide desktop or laptop computers for students to use in buildings all around campus. We even provide a University software download service that lets you install a range of academic, productivity and security software on to your own computer.

Free Wi-Fi, free repairs

You can get fast, free, secure Wi-Fi all over campus and in University accommodation. We will help you connect any device you bring with you or loan you a laptop when you need it.

If your laptop develops a fault while you are here we will try to fix it for free.

Custom apps

We’ve created free apps for you to check your timetable, locate available PCs and interact with other people on your course.

Flexible printing

Our flexible printing service lets you print from any computer, tablet or mobile and pick up from any printer on campus.

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Our virtual learning environment

Not all learning takes place during office hours. All of our IT services are online and available 24/7 on campus, at home or elsewhere.

Our virtual learning environment provides course notes, lecture recordings, assignment uploads and other resources to help you study.

And our software download service gives you free access to specialist research software to ensure you produce your best work.

You can use all your University online services securely and you can access all your work files from any computer with an internet connection.

Our whole service provision is designed to let you work and study effectively from any computer in any location, in whatever work pattern is best for you.