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Open Day Information: The Lanchester Library

Information about the library for prospective students and their families.

Photo gallery

Library entrance

Entrance to the Library

Welcome foyer

The welcome foyer, just instead the entrance

Study booths

Study booths near the café

Study pods

Study pods on the ground floor of the library

Silent floor

Entry to the silent floor

Tiered seating

Tiered study booths on the silent floor

Journal display

Display of art journals

Quiet study area

Large tables on the quiet study floor

Floor 2 meeting pods

Bookable meeting pods

Mobile shelving

Compact shelving for economical storage


"The Hill" study area in the Disruptive Media Learning Lab

DMLL Grass

"The Grass" lecture theatre in the Disruptive Media Learning Lab

DMLL Open are

Collaborative study space in the Disruptive Media Learning Lab

Postgraduate reading room

Postgraduate reading room

Lanchester Interactive Archive

Lanchester Interactive Archive

Library tour

Please enjoy this comprehensive video tour of the library. Please note that this tour was filmed in September 2020 and demonstrates the Covid measures implemented at the time. Some services may have changed since the time of filming.

I want information specific to my subject

Subject-specific help

Students have a library guide specifically for their subject area, called a LibGuide. On each LibGuide, there is a collated list of the online resources we have that relate to the course, as well as professional guidance about finding and using academic information.

We have a team of Academic Liaison Librarians, whose job it is to give students advice about finding literature, using library databases, and referencing properly. Students are able to make appointments with their Academic Liaison Librarian, at a time that suits them, to receive help specific to their assignments.

Access the full list of subject guides to view the support available.

How do I access books and journals?

Locate, the library's search tool

Locate is the name of the library's search tool. Use it to search across all of the library collections. You can use it to find books (print and electronic) and journal articles. Simply type your search terms into the search bar, and select the type of resource you would like to find from the drop-down menu.

Locate is also where you can manage your library account, for example to view when your books are due for return.

If you would like to find out more about the functions available in Locate, visit the Locate Help Guide. We also have a live chat service on the Locate homepage, operating from 9am until midnight, where you can ask for help with using Locate.

Library workshops

Study skills webinars

Our team of Academic Liaison Librarians run a series of webinars on the following subjects:

  • Library Induction and Introduction to Locate

  • APA Referencing

  • OSCOLA Referencing (for law students)

  • Searching for Evidence for your Literature Review

  • Academic Reading

  • Note Making Techniques

  • Studying at Home Effectively

  • Using Social Media for your Literature Review

You can view the webinars we have available to students on our Library Workshops Calendar.