The Library is a truly communal space where students from all programmes come to study, gather information and seek advice & guidance. We are open seven days a week and offer a number of study environments and facilities, generous loan entitlements, high quality support from trained information professionals, plus a wide variety of print and electronic learning resources, including over 140,000 physical materials and thousands more journals and ebooks.
We promote library resources, services and facilities through our comprehensive LibGuides site and social media, and actively encourage reading for pleasure through initiatives such as Blind Date with a Book and Rewarding Reads. We maintain close ties with the student body via the Students’ Union, student reps and our student shelvers
Services & Facilities
Members of the BGU community are able to borrow, reserve and renew books and other materials as well as make use of our document supply services such as inter-library loan. There is a self-service machine for book loans, a drop box for returning books when the library is closed, and you receive an automated emails a few days before any loans are due back. For more information on how to use these services, our borrowing entitlements and requesting additional resources, please click here to be taken to our LibGuides site.
There are numerous study spaces around the building, the majority of which include a power supply for laptop use:
Social Study Suite
This suite is designed for group and collaborative work and incorporates five large seminar rooms.
Silent Study Suite
This suite is for those who wish to work in silence and incorporates four study booths.
24/7 IT Suite
This suite is just inside the Cornerstone Building and has 24 computers for 24 hour use.
Our other IT facilities include 60 fixed computers, printer-copiers, specialist finishing equipment, and free Wi-Fi access throughout the building.
We also sell stationery such as notepads, pens and other essentials you might need!
We have three special collections in the Library:
The Teaching Resources Collection (TRC)
The TRC is home to around 24,000 resources for primary and secondary trainee teachers, students intending to work (or already working) in educational settings, and students of children’s literature.
The Lincolnshire Collection
The Lincolnshire Collection has over 4,000 items including books on Lincolnshire history, archaeology, flora and fauna, geology, trade and industry, language, heritage and architecture.
The Hunt Collection
The Hunt Collection comprises three separate sets of materials relating to the First and Second World Wars, including The Honour Roll of the British Civilian War Dead, 1939-45.
Specialist Support and Advice
There are a variety of ways to get help and support from our library team:
- Book a one-to-one appointment with a librarian
- Use our LibGuides site (which incorporates guides for all subject taught at BGU)
- Use our FAQs site, AskUs
Provision for Students with Additional Needs
Our aim is to provide accessible learning environments that are fit for purpose and conducive to study for all our students whilst respecting and reflecting the diversity and inclusiveness of the university community. All students who disclose additional needs are invited to attend a meeting with a librarian to discuss their individual requirements and are encouraged to keep in touch with a named contact for help or advice.
The Library is located in the Cornerstone Building, is spread out over two floors and is fully accessible via a lift. Both floors have accessible toilet facilities. A hearing loop is fitted at the Service Desk and height adjustable computer workstations are located in the 24/7 IT Suite, Social Study Suite and Silent Study Suite. Facilities are provided for individual, group, computer-based and silent study.
Find Out More
More information about all aspects of Library Services can be found on our LibGuides site.